Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

FLASHBACK: Former CARICOM SG, Sir Edwin Carrington (l), former UN SG, Kofi Annan (centre), and former CARICOM Assistant SG, Human and Social Development, Dr. Edward Greene in 2010
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(BBC) Kofi Annan, the only black African to become UN secretary-general, has died.

The 80-year-old “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the foundation named after him said.

His home country, Ghana, has declared a week of national mourning. Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.

He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

In a statement announcing his death, the Kofi Annan Foundation described him as a “global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world”.

Read more at: BBC

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