Former UN secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80 following a short illness, the Kofi Annan Foundation said.
Annan presided over some of the best and worst times at the
UN after assuming the role of secretary general in January 1997. During his 10-year term, he travelled the world to urge governments to support the United Nations as he devoted his attention to ending hostilities between Israelis and the Palestinians.
Annan and the UN shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
Born in Ghana on April 8, 1938, Annan studied at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
He first joined the United Nations in 1962 as an administrative
and budget officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva and
went on to other assignments in the UN system.