Kofi Annan is Dead; Confirmed from Switzerland; RIP Sir

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan is dead.

Mr. Kofi Annan is reported to have died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland.

He was 80 years old.

Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.

He was founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Kofi Annan is respected across the world as the force of peace and reconciliation. Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

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He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.

Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan is dead. Mr. Kofi Annan is reported to have died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland. He was 80 years old. Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. He was founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Soon after taking office in 1997, Annan released two reports on management reform. On 17 March 1997, the report Management and Organisational Measures introduced new management mechanisms through the establishment of a cabinet-style body to assist him and be grouping the UN’s activities in accordance with four core missions.

A comprehensive reform agenda was issued on 14 July 1997 entitled Renewing the United Nations: A Programme for Reform (A/51/950).

Key proposals included the introduction of strategic management to strengthen the unity of purpose, the establishment of the position of Deputy Secretary-General, a 10-per cent reduction in posts, a reduction in administrative costs, the consolidation of the UN at the country level, and reaching out to civil society and the private sector as partners.

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