Today is a sad day for the international community as we witness the passing away of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The Ghanaian diplomat served as the seventh Secretary General from 1997 to 2006. Under his leadership, he initiated UN bureaucratic reform, launched the Global Compact, and started a global campaign against HIV/AIDS. Mr Annan’s tenure as Secretary General began in a time of upheaval in the world which he sought to deal with active diplomacy.
His more recent work continued to be characterised by humanitarian aspects. In 2007, he founded the Kofi Annan Foundation, whose goal it is to promote better global governance, and he remained committed to creating a more just and equal world. In 2012, he worked hard to resolve the Syrian crisis, but he eventually could not prevent the escalation of the conflict to a civil war.
Mr Annan, who passed away after a short illness in the age of 80, had dedicated his life to reaching a more peaceful and a more just world. He will be remembered as a committed and active diplomat, a dedicated Secretary General of the United Nations, a champion for the development of the countries of the African continent, and a global statesman. He leaves a wife and three children.