Follow RT for news on the UN and its Secretary-Generals, including Kofi Annan who was Secretary General from 1997 to 2006. Find news and stories on his background and career. Kofi Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat, founder and chairman of Kofi Annan Foundation, and chairman of The Elders. Kofi Annan became a member of the UN in 1962, working for WHO in Geneva. Get news and articles on Kofi Annan’s accomplishments and awards. Together with the UN, Kofi Annan got the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Find news and details about his statements and views on politics and other matters, including the Iraq invasion. In 2003, right before the invasion of Iraq, Annan called on the US and the UK to reconsider their plans and not to invade Iraq without the support of the UN. Later in 2004, during his interview with the BBC, Kofi Annan said that the invasion was unlawful and did not comply with the UN Charter. Kofi Annan died in August 2018 at the age of 80 in Switzerland. Find news and details on his death. Read the articles with the most impactful quotes from Kofi Annan.