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Remembering Kofi Annan

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Kofi Annan's passing stunned the world. Here, we compile a selection of tributes from his friends, colleagues and those inspired by his leadership.


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:

Young people and civil society, including #WalkTogether Sparks of Hope who were inspired by Kofi Annan's leadership, left heartfelt tributes:

Elders Emeritus also shared their memories:

The Elders' Advisory Council, on whose support and advice we depend, paid tribute:

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.

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