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The world mourns late former UN Chief Kofi Annan

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

There has been an outpouring of condolences from global leaders and well wishers following the death of former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

The Ghanaian born diplomat died in sleep at the hospital according family sources on Saturday in Berne, Switzerland. He died after a short illness at the age of 80.

Mr. Annan served two terms as UN Secretary General from 1997 to 2006. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.

He also served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

Mr. Annan also played key roles on the African continent helping to resolve political conflicts in countries such as Zimbabwe.

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Made an impact

In a statement his Foundation, said “Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy.”


Mr. Annan himself described his greatest achievement as the developing of the Millennium Development Goals. The goals set global targets on issues such as poverty and child mortality.

There have been reactions all over the world to his passing.

Ghana mourns beloved son

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo said in a statement that Mr. Annan “brought considerable renown to our country by this position and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena.

He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course onto the path of progress and prosperity.”

The current UN Chief Antonio Guterres said Mr.  Annan “was a guiding force for good. I join the world in mourning his loss. In these turbulent and trying times, his legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all.”

Global reactions

There have been other reactions across social media to Mr. Annan’s death.




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