Message from Catherine Pollard, Chair, UNIS Board of Trustees
On behalf of the UNIS Board of Trustees, I would like to express our sadness upon learning of the death today of former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kofi Annan. Mr. Annan served as Chair of the UNIS Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1995, and made an indelible mark on the School, firmly embedding its mission with the UN ideals.
Many of us in the UN and the UNIS communities knew him as a charismatic leader who worked tirelessly for decades in the United Nations to improve the Organization, support its staff, and make the world a better and safer place for all people. Despite having high-level responsibilities in the UN during turbulent times, Mr. Annan still managed to devote his attention to chair the UNIS Board for many years and did so with personal integrity, firm leadership, and love for the School. He was able to shepherd the Board through some difficult times, always placing the values of the United Nations at the forefront and ensuring that generations of UNIS students can become an active force for shaping a better world.
He was admired globally and will be missed by many, near and far.
Our condolences go out to Mrs. Nane Annan and the family at this most difficult time.
August 18, 2018
On behalf of all of us in the UNIS Community, it is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and UNIS Board Chair from 1987to 1995.
Kofi Annan was a highly respected, strong and supportive advocate for UNIS, both as Board Chair and as Secretary General. He and his wife, Nane, made many visits to the school and encouraged the growth of UNIS as a center for the development of global leaders.
Our thoughts go to SG Annan’s family at this time, and we will look forward to remembering and celebrating his invaluable contributions to UNIS in the days to come.
Please see here remarks from Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Kofi Annan’s passing.