Bern: Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan has died. He was 80 and had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for humanitarian work. He is survived by his wife and three children. Kofi Annan was the UN's seventh secretary general and served from 1997 to 2006. As secretary general, one of Annan's main priorities was to implement reforms to revitalise the UN and make the international system more effective. Annan was a constant advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals, and Africa.
"During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations, he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law," the Kofi Annan Foundation said. Annan joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva.