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Former UN Chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

ONI Bureau:  Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate breathed his last on Saturday at a hospital in Switzerland after short illness. He was 80.

Kofi Atta Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

At the time of his tenure as Secretary-General, Annan worked to combat HIV and launched the UN Global Compact. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Kofi Annan was the first secretary general to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff.

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