OBIT / KOFI ANNAN

18-Aug-2018 00:01:39
The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday (18 Aug). The renowned Ghanain diplomat was 80 years old. UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: OBIT / KOFI ANNAN
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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18 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY

1 Various shots, exterior UN flag flowing half-mast
2. Various shots, Kofi Annan portrait at UN headquarters

FILE – JANUARY 1997, NEW YORK CITY

3. Various shots, General Assembly, Kofi Annan’s first appointment as Secretary-General

FILE – UNTV –21 SEPTEMBER 1998, GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NEW YORK

5. Wide shot, Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel-Mandela photo-op with SG Kofi Annan and Nane Annan
6. Zoom out, from Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan at a meeting with Nelson Mandela

FILE – UNTV CH - 2 MARCH 2016, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

7. Wide shot, Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
8. Med shot, Kofi Annan speaking at the conference

FILE - 13 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

9. Wide shot, Annan walking to the podium to talk to the press
10. Med shot, Kofi Annan speaking to the press
11. Wide shot, Annan leaving the press encounter

FILE – UNTV CH - 29 NOVEMBER 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

12. Wide shot, Kofi Annan speaking at conference room “The Global State of Democracy” event
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Democracy is the most successful government ideology the world has ever seen.”
14. Wide shot, Kofi Annan speaking
STORYLINE
The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday (18 Aug). The renowned Ghanain diplomat was 80 years old.

Kofi Annan was born in Kamasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938. He joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, rising through the ranks to hold senior-level posts in areas such as budget and finance, and peacekeeping.

He served as UN Secretary-General for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning in January 1997.

The current UN chief, Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and a “proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”

Guterres said in a statement, “Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone.”

Guterres added, “He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world. In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us.”
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