The former UN Secretary General, who was born in Ghana, joined the UN in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, rising to hold senior-level posts in areas such as budget and finance, and peacekeeping.
In 1971 Mr Annan, pictured left, spent time in Zambia on a fellowship study programme.
Kofi Annan worked to bring the UN closer to people worldwide by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners. In August 2005, he travelled with his wife, Nane Annan, (left) to Niger to visit the pediatric wing of the Zinder Hospital.
In October 2017, Mr Annan joined his successor as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and the current chief of the UN, Antonio Guterres at UN Headquarters in New York. On Saturday, Mr Guterres described Mr Annan as “a guiding force for good” and a “proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”