An­nan an ad­vo­cate of peace

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THE FOR­MER UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral worked closely with late Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela in the in­ter­na­tional El­ders or­gan­i­sa­tion which ad­vo­cates peace and hu­man rights.

Kofi An­nan was de­scribed as a cham­pion of hu­man rights, the rule of law and good gov­er­nance.

An­nan (80) took his last breath on 18 Au­gust af­ter a brief ill­ness. He was the first black African to lead the United Na­tions as sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa said An­nan’s death was a great shock and loss to the global com­mu­nity.

He de­scribed An­nan as a great leader and di­plo­mat ex­traor­di­naire who had ad­vanced the African agenda within the United Na­tions and had flown the flag for peace around the world.

The No­bel Peace Lau­re­ate and global states­man will be re­mem­bered for the decades of his life he com­mit­ted to the UN‚ and for fur­ther­ing the cause of peace through­out the world.

An­nan also served as the Chair­per­son of The El­ders - an in­ter­na­tional non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion of pub­lic fig­ures noted as el­der states­men, peace ac­tivists, and hu­man rights ad­vo­cates, who were brought to­gether by Nel­son Man­dela in 2007.

He was in­stru­men­tal in estab­lish­ing the Mil­len­nium Goals fo­cus­ing on halv­ing ex­treme poverty rates to halt­ing the spread of HIV/ Aids. An­nan was born in the city of Ku­masi in Ghana in April 1938. He com­pleted his uni­ver­sity stud­ies at Ma­calester Col­lege in the US and re­ceived his first job with the United Na­tions in 1962 in Geneva, Switzer­land. In 1993 he be­came head of peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions. Four years later in 1997 he was ap­pointed sev­enth sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions.

In 2001 he won a No­bel Peace Prize for a bet­ter or­gan­ised and more peace­ful world. Ten years af­ter serv­ing as UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral in 2006 he stepped down for re­tire­ment.

He set up the Kofi An­nan Foun­da­tion, which pro­motes global sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, se­cu­rity and peace. www.SAnews.gov.za

The late Kofi An­nan who was the for­mer UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

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