Ghanaian diplomat and statesman, Kofi Annan, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Spending 80 years on earth, his work with the United Nations, amongst other sterling roles, makes him one person the world will not forget in a hurry.
YEN.com.gh brings to you some of the most important events in the life of the only Ghanaian to serve as Secretary – General of the United Nations:
1. Born Kofi Atta Annan, he served as the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), from January 1, 1997 till December 2006.
2. His work with the UN started in the year 1962 at the Geneva office of the World Health Organization.
3. He was the first holder of the office of Secretary-General to be elected from among the staff of the UN. He was reelected for a second term in the year 2001.
4. In the year 2001, he co-won the Nobel Peace Prize with the UN.
5. Among the several important offices held were those of Founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by the late Nelson Mandela.
6. The Kofi Annan Foundation, which he started after leaving office as Secretary-General of the UN, was focused on international development.
7. In the year 2012, he acted as the UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria. The mission was to help find a resolution to the ongoing conflict. He however quit the job upon becoming frustrated with the UN’s lack of progress.
8. In December 2004, he called for investigations into an Oil-For-Food scandal in which his son, Kojo Annan was involved in.
9. Kofi Annan chaired the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.
10. On 4 September 2012, Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh wrote a memoir, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace. Published by Penguin Press, the book was described as a "personal biography of global statecraft."
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