August 18, 2018 15:57 IST

Kofi Annan dies at 80: Rare and unseen pics of former UN Secretary

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Former UN Secretary Kofi Annan dies at 80 Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80. The UN Migration Agency tweeted: "Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary." Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world's top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world". He was married with three children. Check out some rare and unseen pics of former UN Secretary Kofi Annan. Credit: Reuters
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Kofi Annan with George W. Bush U.S. President George W. Bush (R) is welcomed by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 13, 2005. Credit: Reuters
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Kofi Annan with Strauss-Kahn and Jakaya Kikwete International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn (L), and former UN General Secretary and President of the Global Humanitarian Forum Kofi Annan shake hands as Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete (C) looks on before attending a conference at the Bank of Tanzania conference center in Dar es Salaam, March 10, 2009. Credit: Reuters
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Kofi Annan with Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein (L), wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and president of SportAccord's organising committee, sits next to former U.N. chief Kofi Annan (R) at SportAccord International Convention in Dubai April 29, 2010. Credit: Reuters
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Kofi Annan with Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, pose before the Action Group on Syria meeting at the United Nation's Headquarters in Geneva June 30, 2012. Credit: Reuters
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Kofi Annan with Kjell Magne Bondevik Norwegian Prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik (not seen) hosts a reception for the outgoing director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Gro Harlem Brundtland (R) from Norway, in Oslo 12 August 2003. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (L) was among the guests. Credit: (Photo by KNUT FJELDSTAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kofi Annan with Bill Gates Bill Gates (L), chairman of Microsoft and Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, listen to speakers at a lunch, 15 January, 2004, of the Global Media AIDS Initiative meeting at UN headquarters in New York. Credit: (Photo by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kofi Annan with Jalal Talabani UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (R) shakes hands with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani 15 September, 2005 at the United Nations in New York on the sidelines of the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Geldof spoke on the building of Gleneagles. Credit: (Photo by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)