Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan dies aged 80

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan dies aged 80

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan dies aged 80

Written by Devuni Goonewardene

18 Aug, 2018 | 4:55 pm

Colombo (News 1st) – Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80, a UN agency confirmed today (August 18).

He is said to have died in Switzerland, Saturday(August 18) morning after a short illness.

Kofi Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff. He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights since it was founded in 2007. In 2013, he became its chairman.


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