General News of Sat, 18 Aug 20181
Kofi Annan was a remarkable man - UK High Commissioner to Ghana
British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker has expressed shock at the demise of former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
Reacting to news of the demise of the Ghanaian diplomat, Iain Walker in a tweet described Kofi Annan as a “remarkable man”.
Kofi Annan died on the morning of Saturday, 18 August 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, after a short illness.
A statement from his family confirming his departure also described him as a man who lived a ‘remarkable life’.
Meanwhile, the family has asked the media and the general public to give them space to mourn the death of their loved one.
Kofi Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations.
He was appointed as the Secretary-General on 13 December 1996 by the Security Council and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first officeholder to be elected from the UN staff itself.
He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2007.
Kofi Atta Annan was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.
One of the first people I met after arriving in Ghana, so shocked to hear of the passing of Kofi Annan. A remarkable man. Gone too soon.— Iain Walker (@walkeriain) August 18, 2018