The former UN Chief Kofi Atta Annan has passed away at the age of 80. Annan served as a Ghanaian diplomat and the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1 1997 until January 1 2007. The UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for his humanitarian work. Annan once said, "that suffering anywhere concerns people everywhere."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing." - <a href="https://twitter.com/antonioguterres?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@antonioguterres</a> <br><br>Former <a href="https://twitter.com/UN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UN</a> Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday, 18 August. Statement: <a href="https://t.co/YkcMqTk0qI">https://t.co/YkcMqTk0qI</a> <a href="https://t.co/DdYbVW6MT5">pic.twitter.com/DdYbVW6MT5</a></p>— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNGeneva/status/1030756558521729029?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 18, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Annan was an influential figure who played a role in helping solve crises such as the HIV/Aids pandemic, the Iraq War, and climate change. Annan became the first African to lead the United Nations and became one of the most recognized diplomats in the world. The former leader was born in the city of Kumasi in what was then known as the Gold Coast in April 1938.
He was born into a wealthy family and was the grandson of traditional leaders. His father would go on to become a provincial governor. In an interview in 2012, Annan said, "I walked away as a young man convinced that change is possible, even radical revolutionary change."
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Annan would go on to become the world's top diplomat and served two terms from 1997 to 2006. He also became the UN's special envoy for Syria and led efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the country's situation.
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