Kofi Annan (Credit: Joël Saget /AFP)
On 18 August, we learned with shock and deep sadness of the untimely passing of our Chair Kofi Annan.
Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan's successor at the United Nations joined fellow Elders, friends and colleagues to pay tribute to his life and legacy:
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remembers his predecessor, the "monumental" Kofi Annan https://t.co/Vd2XxQCJsR— TIME (@TIME) August 23, 2018
La humanidad pierde a un pilar moral. Pierde a un guerrero de la paz. Pierde a una voz que, en este mundo convulso, siempre buscó el diálogo. La ausencia de Kofi Annan será enorme y la mejor manera de homenajearlo es mantenernos fieles a los principios que inspiraron su lucha— Ricardo Lagos E. (@RicardoLagos) August 18, 2018
"Kofi Annan was driven by the passionate intensity of the very best convictions: that peace, justice and human rights are not only to be desired but essential values that must be fought for."— UNHCR Ireland (@UNHCRIreland) August 20, 2018
Former Irish President Mary Robinson in today's @IrishTimes https://t.co/WQf0ynFAxP
Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. I join the world in mourning his loss. In these turbulent and trying times, his legacy as a global champion for peace will remain a true inspiration for us all. https://t.co/psJ9viPIeu pic.twitter.com/SKfBk5zaY2— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 18, 2018
Today, we reflect on the lesson Kofi Annan shared with us at the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa convening: that one is never too young to lead, or too old to learn. A leader since his youth, a learner till his passing, we mourn the loss of our friend. https://t.co/LOnY6hnlVi pic.twitter.com/t2IkqctNgi— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) August 18, 2018
Young people and civil society, including #WalkTogether Sparks of Hope who were inspired by Kofi Annan's leadership, left heartfelt tributes:
We marched together with Kofi Annan and @TheElders in Johannesburg on 18-Jul-2018. We all chanted peace for humanity as we "Continue Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom". This would become #KoffiAnnan's good bye march on African soil before he would join Mandela exactly 1 month after pic.twitter.com/62ir5JXoHP— Victor Ochen (@Victor_OCHEN) August 19, 2018
For Africans across the continent, #KofiAnnan was a symbol of immense pride. For those of us in the international development space: he was the greatest proof of possibility. pic.twitter.com/KcwhoGODOR— Blessing Omakwu. (@BlessingOmakwu) August 18, 2018
Elders Emeritus also shared their memories:
"Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu remembers Kofi Annan" https://t.co/ZbKR65QGTs— TIME (@TIME) August 23, 2018
It is with immense sadness that I learned of the passing way of Kofi Annan. He was a peerless peacemaker and indomitable builder of a better world for all. His style of leadership was both quiet and strong, bold and inspiring. No words can account for such a loss.— Fernando Henrique Cardoso (@FHC) August 18, 2018
The Elders' Advisory Council, on whose support and advice we depend, paid tribute:
"Today we have suffered a great loss – Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and our much-loved chair of @TheElders. It was an honour to get to know this extraordinary man" - pg. Read Peter's tribute in full >> https://t.co/iYJJFuGjpd pic.twitter.com/WdIIgkAGxD— Peter Gabriel (@itspetergabriel) August 18, 2018
In our statement at the time of his passing, Acting Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland said: "We resolve as Elders to continue to uphold Kofi Annan's values and legacy into the future”.
The Elders at their April 2018 Board Meeting.