One of the more prominent figures in the history of the United Nations has passed away.
Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary General, died early Saturday morning after what has been described as a “short illness.”
Nobel Peace Prize
Annan served as the Secretary General for the United Nations during a very difficult time for the world.
Not long after he took over the office in 1997, the war on terror really came to the forefront.
His work during that time was rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
He would end his service to the United Nations in 2006, having been the first black African to hold the position.
After Annan left the United Nations, he became a member of The Elders.
This is an organization that was formed by Nelson Mandela in 2007.
The Elders was established as “independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights”
Annan would become the chairman of the organization in 2013.
In addition to joining The Elders in 2007, he would establish the self-named charitable foundation.
The Kofi Annan Foundation’s mission is to “to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.”
Word of his death had barely started to circulate when tributes from around the world started to pour in via social media.
A life well lived. A life worth celebrating. pic.twitter.com/3sLmy7VS2p
— IOM – UN Migration (@UNmigration) August 18, 2018
Saddened to hear that Kofi Annan has passed away. His warmth should never be mistaken for weakness. Annan showed that one can be a great humanitarian and a strong leader at the same time. The UN and the world have lost one of their giants.
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) August 18, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/9yDzmWKgqf
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 18, 2018
Several former presidents who personally dealt with Annan also expressed their thoughts and condolences.
Former President Barack Obama stated he “embodied the mission of the United Nations.”
Former President George W. Bush stated he was “a gentle man and a tireless leader of the United Nations. His voice of experience will be missed around the world.”
There is little doubt the world today is a lesser place because of Annan’s absence.