The Late Dr. Kofi A. Annan
The former UN Secretary General Kofi A. Annan has died at the age of 80 after a short illness; his family and foundation announced on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
He died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland in the early hours of Saturday with his wife Nane, and three children Ama, Kojo and Nina, by his side. He had retired to Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village.
Mr. Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana on April 8, 1938. He studied at the University of Science and Technology in Ghana and completed his undergraduate work in Economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1961.
He was the first Secretary-General to be appointed from within the organisation’s ranks. He first joined the UN in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
He later served with the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, the UN Emergency Force (UNEF II) in Ismailia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
Dr. Kofi A. Annan has left an indelible mark not just on the University but Liberia as a whole. Based on his personal and official contributions to the peace process of Liberia, the government of Liberia in 2006 decided to name the then Center for Conflict Transformation at the University of Liberia in his honor and this was done through legislate enactment.
THE KOFI ANNAN INSTITUTE FOR CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION (KAICT) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA HAS RECOGNIZED HIM AS A HERO FOR GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY