BY STAFF WRITER
JOHANNESBURG- The Kofi Annan Foundation has requested that privacy be given to the family of the late the former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) who died on Saturday at the age of 80 after a short illness.
The Foundation said arrangements to celebrate his life will be announced at a later stage.
In a statement, the Koi Annan Foundation described its founder as a “global statesman” who fought for a fairer and more peaceful world.
Annan was the first black African to lead the UN, serving two terms between 1997 and 2006.
The Foundation also said Annan will be remembered for his dream of creating a better Africa with quotes such as these.
The 80-year-old continuously condemned genocides and was part of numerous attempts to mediate in war-torn countries across the world.
The Foundation says it remembers him as a global statesman, one who was a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world.
After stepping down from the UN, he continued his social work in the quest for peace in Africa through his foundation and as chair of The Elders, a group of eminent world leaders.