Tributes from around the world to H.E. Kofi Annan (1938-2018)

“He excelled in the various undertakings of his life, leaving in his trail most pleasant memories. His was a life well-lived,” said on Twitter.

--- President Nana Akufo-Addo


“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy,”

---  The Kofi Annan Foundation


“outstanding human being who represented our continent and the world with enormous graciousness‚ integrity and distinction”

--- Archbishop Desmond Tutu


“You always felt on his team that you were working for something worthwhile… Kofi had an interesting combination of traits, he was reserved and disciplined on the one hand, and on the other he could be kind of playful… He handled things so calmly and with such assurance. He had an enormous amount of charm and terrific political instinct.”

--- Frederic Eckhard (Mr. Annan’s spokesman and adviser for more than a decade)


“He was a good friend whom I saw only weeks ago. Kofi Annan was a great diplomat, a true statesman and a wonderful colleague.”

--- Tony Blair


“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good… In many ways, [he] was the UN. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.”

--- Antonio Guterres (current UN Secretary-General)


Annan helped make “the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into.”

--- Theresa May


“An inspiration,”

--- Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwean President)


“a rare breed of diplomat; soft-spoken but unshakeably firm … Go well son of Africa, champion of the world!”

--- Nelson Chamisa (Zimbabwe opposition leader)


“Kofi Annan lived well and worked for global peace, security and sustainable development in very challenging times. A proud son of Ghana and Africa.”

--- John Dramani Mahama (Former President of Ghana)


 “I sincerely admired his wisdom and courage, his ability to make informed decisions even in the most complex, critical situations.”

--- Vladimir Putin 


“a towering global leader and an unwavering champion for peace, justice and rule of law. Rest in peace my dear old friend.”

--- Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iran’s foreign minister)


“The world has lost not only a great African diplomat and humanitarian but also a conscience keeper of international peace and security,”

--- Narendra Modi (Indian Prime Minister)


“ will never hear him raise his voice or threaten anyone. Even in his quietness, he was very strong...he believed in the fact that we should be our brothers' keeper. may he rest in peace,”

--- John Agyekum Kufuor (Former President of Ghana)


“We will remember him as a man of much action in the international arena, who fought anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial,”

--- Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister)


“embodied the mission of the United Nations like few others… [he] never stopped his pursuit of a better world.”

--- Barack Obama


“inspired me and many others with his ideas, his firm convictions and, not least, his charisma.”

--- Angela Merkel


“My sincere condolences to the wife and family of Kofi Annan. Global diplomacy has lost a true gem. Kofi Annan was a fine diplomat who committed most of his professional life to world peace. He was one of the best; a born diplomat. He made Ghana and Africa proud and left a great legacy at the United Nations. Rest in Peace, Kofi Annan.”

--- Jerry John Rawlings (Former President of Ghana)


 “the greatest recognition we can give Kofi Annan is to keep his legacy and his spirit alive. It has never been more important than in today’s world.”

--- Jean-Claude Juncker (European Commission President)



Sources: The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Graphic