Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff. The Kofi Annan Foundation described him as a “global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer, more peaceful world.” Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the United Nations in 2001 “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.” Many are paying tribute to him. The actual UN Secretary-General António Guterres told to media that Annan had been “an enormous source of inspiration” to him, adding: “He was not only a statesman, he was not only a leader, he was a warm person who would support his friends in difficult moments. He was a true colleague and a true friend.”
Kofi Annan in South Africa in July 2018
NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg tweeted that the world had lost one of its giants. “His warmth should never be mistaken for weakness,” he said. ” Carl Bildt, co-chairman of the European council on Foreign Relations and former Swedish Prime Minister, described Annan as “a man of courage, wisdom and friendship” and urged people to read his 2001 Nobel Peace Prize lecture. Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Annan’s efforts to build the United Nations’ peacekeeping potential. Former US President Jimmy Carter said Annan “was a cherished personal friend and an inspiration to all who knew him.”The Ghanaian flag would fly at half staff across the country for a week, starting Monday.