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Former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan passes away

Published on August 21, 2018
Former United Nations General Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annanpassed away in Bern, Switzerland.
Former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan passes away
  • He was 80.
  • He had served as the seventh Secretary-General of UN for two terms reigning from 1997 till 2006.
  • He was the first black African to become Secretary-General of UN and also the first to be elected from UN staff itself.

About Kofi Annan:

  • He was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi, Gold Coast (now Ghana).
  • After completing his education, he had joined UN in 1962 as a Budget officer for World Health Organization (WHO) in 1962.
  • He went on to work in various capacities at UN, which included serving as Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping from 1992 to 1996.
  • Later he had served as UN Secretary-General for two terms reigning from 1997 till 2006 (He was succeeded by South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon in 2007).
  • As the Secretary-General, he had reformed the UN bureaucracy.
  • He was a passionate advocate of human rights and had played a major role in the formation of two new intergovernmental bodies in 2005 within UN: Peacebuilding Commission and Human Rights Council
  • He had also played a pivotal role in the creation of a Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis during his term at UN.
  • In 1999, he had launched UN Global Compact initiative, which is now the world’s largest effort to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR).
  • He was also the founder and chairman of Kofi Annan Foundation and chairman of 'The Elders', an international organisation founded by Nelson Mandela.
  • He was co-recipient of 2001 Nobel peace prize along with the United Nations.
  • In September 2016, he was appointed to lead UN commission to investigate Rohingya crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine province.

Kofi Annan's famous quotes:

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress in every society, in every family.” "To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” “More countries have understood that women’s equality is a prerequisite for development.”


Q. Which former United Nations General Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize laureate passed away in Bern, Switzerland?
a. Ban Ki-moon
b. Kofi Annan
c. Nelson Mandela
d. None of the above
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