Dr. Jane Goodall Mourns the Loss of Kofi Annan


The death of Kofi Annan will be mourned not only by his family, but by people around the world. In particular, the African nations will grieve at the passing of the first black African to be appointed Secretary General of the UN. It was a position which laid heavy responsibilities on him at a time when so much conflict raged around the world.

I was honoured to be appointed by Kofi as one of his UN Messengers of Peace. This was because of the Jane Goodall Institute’s program for young people of all ages in over 80 countries, Roots & Shoots. A program which enables youth to realize, through meeting young people from around the world, that whatever our nationality, culture or religion, whatever the colour of our skin, underneath we are all one family – we bleed the same blood, weep the same tears, and when we are happy our laughter is the same.

We are committed to conserving our environment and its wildlife for the sake of future generations, and Kofi Annan leaves a remarkable legacy of commitment to the welfare of our planet and compassion for those who share it with us. It is my hope that we will all do our utmost to further this so important issue, to support those causes to which he was committed.



The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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Jane Goodall is a passionate road warrior, traveling nearly 300 days each year on a worldwide speaking tour to raise awareness, inspire change, and encourage each of us to do our part in making the world a better place. Jane's love for animals started at a young age and in July of 1960, at the age of 26, she followed her dreams and traveled from England to what is now Tanzania, to bravely enter the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars, but with her unyielding patience and optimism, she won the trust of the Gombe chimpanzees, and opened a window into their lives for all to see. Jane's studies has taught humanity one of the most important lessons - that we humans are not the only beings on this planet with personalities, minds capable of thinking and above all, emotions. Her findings shook the scientific community and made us re-evaluate what it means to be human.