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Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi Annan

Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi AnnanAs tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a “visionary” who helped bolster his adopted home’s position as an international diplomatic hub. In Switzerland, where he settled after completing his second term, Annan is meanwhile widely remembered for his many deep friendships and for his contributions to securing the status of the country and especially of Geneva as a centre for world diplomacy. “Kofi Annan was a visionary and a great friend of Switzerland,” Swiss President Alain Berset tweeted out shortly after the announcement Saturday.



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Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi Annan

Switzerland mourns 'visionary and friend' Kofi AnnanAs tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a “visionary” who helped bolster his adopted home’s position as an international diplomatic hub. In Switzerland, where he settled after completing his second term, Annan is meanwhile widely remembered for his many deep friendships and for his contributions to securing the status of the country and especially of Geneva as a centre for world diplomacy. “Kofi Annan was a visionary and a great friend of Switzerland,” Swiss President Alain Berset tweeted out shortly after the announcement Saturday.



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Annan lashed out at state of global leadership before death

Annan lashed out at state of global leadership before deathFormer UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on Saturday, lashed out at the state of global leadership in an exclusive interview with AFP last year, urging more cooperation to deal with terrorism, migration and climate change. “Honestly speaking, we are in a mess,” the Nobel peace laureate said on December 12 ahead of a major climate conference in Paris. Speaking two years to the day after the Paris climate deal was agreed — and following President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would leave the pact — Annan remembered “the enthusiasm, the excitement and the energy that was brought to bear” in 2015.



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Kofi Annan: the UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Kofi Annan: the UN's 'rock star' secretary-generalKofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80, led the United Nations through the divisive years of the Iraq war and the trauma of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The first secretary-general from sub-Saharan Africa, Ghanaian-born Annan was credited for raising the UN’s profile during his two-term tenure, from January 1997 to December 2006. The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as the United Nations’ star secretary-general — and arguably the world body’s most popular leader.



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Global reactions to death of former UN chief Kofi Annan

Global reactions to death of former UN chief Kofi AnnanGENEVA (AP) — Reactions to the death of Kofi Annan, the first black African to become U.N. secretary-general and a Nobel Peace Prize winner who died early Saturday at age 80 after a short illness:



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Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80

Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death after a short undisclosed illness with “immense sadness”, saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina. After rising through the ranks of the United Nations, Annan served two terms as U.N. Secretary-General in New York from 1997-2006 and retired to live in a Swiss village in the Geneva countryside. “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations.



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How Kofi Annan Once Reacted To Being Mistaken For Morgan Freeman

How Kofi Annan Once Reacted To Being Mistaken For Morgan FreemanWith the passing of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan,



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Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Other World Leaders Celebrate the Life of Kofi Annan

Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Other World Leaders Celebrate the Life of Kofi Annan"Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good"



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'A friend to thousands, a leader of millions' – former UN chief Kofi Annan dies aged 80

'A friend to thousands, a leader of millions' - former UN chief Kofi Annan dies aged 80Ghana announced a week of national mourning on Saturday following the death of Kofi Annan, as tributes came in from across global politics for the former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace price winner. Annan, perhaps the world's most famous Ghanaian and a source of great national pride, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 80. A statement from the Kofi Annan foundation said he had passed away peacefully, with his wife Nane and  their children Ama, Kojo and Nina by his side. The career diplomat, who served Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006, is credited with raising the UN's international profile during his two terms and won over many world leaders with his "calm charisma". His early career was marked by the UN's failure to prevent civilians during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, when he was head of the body's peacekeeping division. He was later key in the development of the responsibility to protect doctrine, which was adopted in 2005 as a pledge by all member states to take action against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. 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… pic.twitter.com/42nGOxmcPZ— Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) August 18, 2018 Tributes to the West African diplomat poured in from politicians of all stripes on Saturday, among them Tony Blair, former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak and Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister. "I’m shocked and distressed to hear the news about Kofi. He was a good friend whom I saw only weeks ago. Kofi Annan was a great diplomat, a true statesman and a wonderful colleague who was widely respected and will be greatly missed," said Mr Blair. And, in a sign that Annan's appeal extended far beyond western liberal democracies, Mr Zarif wrote on Twitter: "Extremely saddened by passing of Kofi Annan, a toweing global leader and an unwavering champion for peace, justice and rule of law. Rest in peace my dear old friend." Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "I sincerely admired his wisdom and courage as well as his ability to make balanced decisions even under the most dire and critical circumstances." Current UN chief Antonio Guterres voiced deep sadness at the news, describing his predecessor, who was the first secretary-general from sub-Saharan Africa, as "a guiding force for good". Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world". Former United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan  Credit: Denis Balibouse/REUTERS "He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination," Mr Guterres added. "Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor." Theresa May also paid tribute to the "great leader and reformer" in a post on Twitter. "Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family," she said. In a statement to the Sunday Telegraph, Jack Straw, the former UK foreign secretary, paid tribute to Annan for "navigating the UN through the immense post-9/11 turmoil with consummate skill" and described him as a "truly great man." Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family. pic.twitter.com/P0SWagShJM— Theresa May (@theresa_may) August 18, 2018 Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the UK parliament's foreign affairs committee, added: "Kofi Annan was one of the great international champions…his quiet voice was always worth hearing and we are all the poorer for his death." Born in Kumasi, the capital city of Ghana's Ashanti region, Annan was the son of an executive of a European trading company, the United Africa company, a subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever. After ending his second term as UN chief, Annan went on to take high-profile mediation roles in Kenya and in Syria. He later set up a foundation devoted to conflict resolution and joined the Elders group of statesmen which was founded by Nelson Mandela to promote universal human rights. The UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he was grief-stricken over Annan's death. "Kofi was humanity's best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace. In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world's loss becomes even more painful," he said. "He was a friend to thousands and a leader of millions."    



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Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General, Dead At 80

Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General, Dead At 80Kofi Annan, a former United Nations secretary-general, died at the age of 80



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