The Elders ‘devastated’ by Kofi Annan’s death

2018-08-18 12:55


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Human rights group The Elders on Saturday expressed their shock and deep sadness at the death of Kofi Annan, who previously served as the organisation’s chair.

“We are devastated at the loss of our dear friend and fellow Elder,” said The Elder’s Deputy Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland in a statement.

“Kofi was a strong and inspiring presence to us all, and The Elders would not be where it is today without his leadership. Throughout his life, Kofi worked unceasingly to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.

“While we mourn his passing today, we resolve as Elders to continue to uphold his values and legacy into the future”.

Describing his role in The Elders as “vital”, the organisation said he was “a voice of great authority and wisdom in public and private, most recently on visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in July 2018”.

Annan, who served as United Nations Secretary-General from 1997 until 2006, succeeded Desmond Tutu as chair of the elders in 2013.

The Elders described how he was “globally admired and respected” in this leadership position.

Annan's death, following a short illness, was announced earlier on Saturday.  Condolences were extended to Annan’s family by The Elders.

The Elders is a group of former world leaders that was originally founded by Nelson Mandela. Mandela's widow Graca Machel and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu continue to serve on it.

Read more on:    un  |  kofi annan

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.