According to the statement from his family and the Kofi Annan Foundation, Kofi Annan, the first United Nations (UN) secretary general from sub-Saharan Africa passed away on August 18 after an unspecified short illness. The statement called Mr Annan a “global statesman” who “fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world”. He dedicated his life working in the UN, striving to bring peace and good governance to the rest of the world. However, Mr Annan had his fair share of criticisms for the UN’s lack of action for the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and the Bosnian Genocide in 1995. Nonetheless, Mr Annan has been recognized for his work, receiving the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize alongside the UN, being a source of inspiration to the young and old.
Written by Ashley Koh