By Olivia Dudley
On August 18, 2018, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan passed away at the age of 80 in Bern, Switzerland. Annan was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate as of 2001.
After delivering his farewell address in September of 2006, Annan established the Kofi Annan Foundation a year later. The mission statement stood alone as an expression of the kind of person Annan was, “The knowledge needed to solve many of the world´s pressing problems already exists. What holds us back is lack of leadership and political will to bring about change. We mobilize political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights……by convening and engaging leaders across the world.”
Annan believed in keeping peace and understanding the other side of difficulties. Fighting for rights and positivity across the world, Annan hoped to build lasting peace, combat world hunger, and promote youth leadership within his foundation.
Throughout his life, Annan truly cared about the less fortunate, often venturing into problematic areas of the world to listen to the downtrodden and learn what more could be accomplished. His goal in life was to help heal humanity and the world around him. His passing should leave people with the urge to go out and help a neighbor in need or make a donation to a worthwhile charity. Act selflessly today.