The AU

Its Permanent Representative

and the African Diaspora

The African Union (AU) Mission to the USA mourns the death of Kofi Annan, a child of the African soil, who dedicated his life to fighting for peace, justice, and human development.

Born in Kumasi, Ghana, Koffi Annan rose through the ranks of his diplomatic career to become the first black African Secretary-General of the United Nations. He embodied the true values of the African Union through his tireless work, travels and global efforts to make the world a better place and safer place.

The former UN chief was gentle, soft-spoken yet highly impactful. He brought to the UN a strong agenda to fight poverty, tackle HIV and Aids and global warming, issues pertinent to many on the African continent.

“Africa has lost an iconic intellectual. Kofi was a special and unique African who gave himself for the betterment of others. His hard work to improve the standards for many African is notable. He continued to serve in peace efforts and other development initiatives even after he left his job as UN Secretary-General. I speak on behalf of many Africans in the Diaspora and the continent in stating that we are truly proud of his achievements,” said Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Permanent Representative to the United States.