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Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

Annan, of Ghanaian nationality, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two close associates of Annan said.

world Updated: Aug 18, 2018 23:41 IST
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Former United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan poses during a photo session in Paris. Former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, 80, has died.(AFP Photo)

Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

His foundation announced his death in a tweet on Saturday, saying that he died after a short unspecified illness.

Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. He served two terms as secretary-general from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006, capped nearly mid-way when he and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

Watch: Nobel laureate and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan passes away at 80

During his tenure, Annan presided over some of the worst failures and scandals at the world body, one of its most turbulent periods since its founding in 1945

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” the foundation said in a statement.

(With inputs from AFP)

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 15:24 IST