18 Aug 2018

Kofi Annan dies at 80: reaction

Chief Correspondent

Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, has died aged 80. He was the first black African to be appointed to the post during turbulent times in the world including the Iraq war. The Nobel Prize winning diplomat will be remembered for establishing international goals to reduce extreme poverty but his tenure  – of course – wasn’t without controversy.

We also speak to Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is now the UN special envoy for global education, about his memories of Kofi Annan.