Spain

05 June 2007, Madrid

Remarks to the World Tourism Organization in Madrid

I am delighted to start my first visit to Spain as Secretary-General with a visit to the United Nations World Tourism Organization [UNWTO].

This may be the youngest and the smallest of the specialized agencies of the United Nations, but it is very relevant to the broader work of our Organization.

Tourism is the people's building block for global peace and cultural understanding.  By bringing ordinary men and women from around the world into contact with one another, it helps dispel the myths, stereotypes and caricatures that often hold sway from a distance.

10 March 2005, Madrid

Kofi Annan’s keynote address to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security

Following is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s keynote address to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, delivered in Madrid, Spain:

Why have you invited me to speak here? Because terrorism is a threat to all States, to all peoples, which can strike anytime, anywhere.

It is a direct attack on the core values the United Nations stands for: the rule of law; the protection of civilians; mutual respect between people of different faiths and cultures; and peaceful resolution of conflicts.