Maybe the mark of a man is what is said about him after his passing. And when you are someone that obviously touched the lives of so many it should not be a surprise that so many will have words to say about you. However one thing that for me really mark Mr Kofi Annan out as “special” was not how many people has such nice and positive things to say, but more the wide spectrum of those people.
Kofi Annan was a diplomat, a type of politician, of global leader, yet this small collection of comments and tributes are a real testament to the man and to his life long work. I once met him briefly, while in Nigeria, in 2014. He was a quiet man, but one of those amazing people who have that warm glow that surrounds them. That inner calm, beauty and warmth.
Rest in Peace
“Long after he had broken barriers, Kofi never stopped his pursuit of a better world, and made time to motivate and inspire the next generation of leaders.”
– Barack Obama
“The world will be a poorer place without Kofi Annan. It’s up to all of us to step up and carry on his work championing humanity” Sir Ricard Branson
“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.” Theresa May
“We have lost a humanitarian legend and leader. In 2005, Kofi Annan as the UN Secretary General asked me to become a @UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and I’ll never forget that moment as it was a huge honour to help children around the world .. He was a champion for peace, committed to improving the lives of others and his legacy will live on forever” Mr David Beckham
“Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize, passed away last night. France pays tribute to the great man he was. We will never forget his calm and strong-willed look, nor the passion he gave for his fights.” Mr Emmanuel Marcon
“KOFI ANNAN DID NOT JUST PUT OUT WORDS HE FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH ACTION!!! REST IN PEACE AND POWER #KOFIANNAN ♥️♥️🙏🏾” Miss Naomi Cambell
“We lost a great man, Kofi Annan was an advocate of the world’s most vulnerable populations. His legacy will never be forgotten.” Mr Forest Whitaker
“A leader of leaders, a titan amongst world statesman, a wonderful humanitarian and the most compassionate and caring of individuals. Kofi Annan will be sorely missed.” Mr Gordon Brown
Sure you would expect Obama, May & Marcon and all the political leaders to wax lyical about such a man as this amazing Ghanaian, but when actors, footballers and celebrities are talking in such warm regards it really shows just how far and wide this mans work, and words and actions, really reached. It is a real inspiration for the world.
Kofi Annan was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006, and the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, which seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and was the founder and chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Kofi Annan was praised for being “pre-eminent in bringing new life to the organization.” (Norwegian Nobel Committee, October 2001). He died in 2018 after a short illness.
Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938. He is married to Nane and between them they have three children and five grandchildren. He died on the 18th of August 2018 at the age of 80 in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, after a brief illness. He had been active in his Foundation’s work right up to his unexpected end.
Kofi Annan was UN Secretary General from January 1997 to December 2006. One of his main priorities during this period was a comprehensive programme of reform that sought to revitalize the United Nations and make the international system more effective. He was a constant advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa, and sought to bring the organisation closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners. At Mr. Annan’s initiative, UN peacekeeping was strengthened in ways that enabled the United Nations to cope with a rapid rise in the number of operations and personnel. It was also at Mr. Annan’s urging that, in 2005, Member States established two new intergovernmental bodies: the Peace-building Commission and the Human Rights Council.