GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (WBZ AM)--Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Laureate, Kofi Annan has died in Bern Switzerland after a short illness. He was 80 years old.
Annan was the first black African to serve as the world's top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later became special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for helping to revivtalize the UN.
His home country, Ghana, has declared a week of national mourning.
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