Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan dies at 80
Died on: 18 August 2018
Office Held: Secretary General of the United Nations
Honours: Nobel Prize for Peace (2001)
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan has passed away. He was 80.
Kofi Annan’s work in UN as a Secretary-General
Kofi Annan was born in Ghana. A graduate of the Sloan School of Management at MIT, he joined the UN in 1962 as a budget officer at WHO. By 1980, he was the head of personnel for the UN High Commission for Refugees(UNHCR) in Geneva. In 1995, Annan authorized US air strikes in Kosovo by temporarily lifting UN veto over air strikes in the region. Annan was appointed as the Secretary-General in January 1997. In this capacity, he was quick to suggest significant reform of the United Nations. Annan was also the head of UN during the Rwandan genocide and the Iraq invasion. In 2001, the Nobel committee awarded the peace prize to the UN and Annan. The citation included mentions of Annan’s work to revitalize the international body and put the focus back on human rights.
Annan’s Life After retirement from UN as a Secretary-General
After serving two terms as the secretary-general, Kofi Annan set up the Kofi Annan foundation in 2007. The foundation was set up with the aim of promoting better and more just governance throughout the world. In 2012, he was made the joint envoy of the UN and Arab League in Syria. He was tasked with finding a peaceful solution to the civil conflict that had erupted in the country. However, the same year, Annan resigned as the envoy after getting frustrated with the conflict resolution of the United Nations. In 2016, Annan was appointed as the head of an international commission looking into the abuses in Rakhine. The commission released its report in 2017, amid erupting violence against ethnic Rohingyas in the region.
Some Amazing Facts of Kofi Annan
- Kofi Annan was the first secretary general of the UN to be selected from the internal staff.
- Kofi Annan was succeeded by Korean diplomat Ban ki-Moon in 2007.
“Kofi Annan won Nobel Prize for Peace in 2001”