08 June 2007, Heiligendamm

Opening statement at the G8 press conference

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen of the media.

I am very pleased to have this opportunity to express some of my views on this summit.

This has been an important Summit, with many fruitful discussions, both official and unofficial.

As you may agree, climate change dominated our agenda. This is only fitting. Climate change, and how we address this issue, is a defining issue of our era. It is also the main reason I came here.

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.

25 January 2007, Paris

Remarks at the International Donor Conference on Reconstruction in Lebanon

I am pleased to join you for this vitally important Conference.  President Chirac and the Government of France merit our gratitude for their leadership at a tumultuous time in Lebanon's history.  I am delighted to see Prime Minister Siniora and the members of his democratically elected Government.  The high level of representation here today demonstrates that Lebanon has many friends who care deeply about the country and are ready to contribute tangibly to its economic stability and general well-being.

13 November 2006, Istanbul

Kofi Annan Calls for End to Resentments, Stereotypes, Preconceptions, upon receiving Alliance of Civilizations Report

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s address upon receiving the Alliance of Civilizations report in Istanbul:

Bosporus currents are notoriously strong, flowing one way on the surface, and the opposite way underneath. Yet, for centuries the Turkish people have successfully ridden these currents as they navigated the boundary between Europe and Asia, and between the Islamic world and the West –- and they have prospered as a result.

21 June 2006, Geneva

In address to conference on disarmament, Secretary-General Stresses Urgent Need for Immediate End to Prolonged Impasse in Organ’s Work

I very much welcome this opportunity to address the Conference on Disarmament. Last month, at the University of Tokyo, I spoke about the present state of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. I said then that the world stood at a crossroads. I believe that description applies with particular force to this body, and so I would like to use our time together today to make an appeal to you -– and through you, to the Governments you represent.

31 January 2006, Westminster

The address by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom, Central Hall, Westminster, United Kingdom

First of all, let me thank you for this invitation, thank you for being here, and for holding this meeting in this place, at this time.

Last year we celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations. Today we celebrate the UN’s sixtieth birthday as a working Organization.

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.

18 October 2004, University of Ulster

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Tip O’Neill Lecture, “Learning the lessons of peace-building”, delivered at Magee Campus, University of Ulster, United Kingdom, on 18 October:

My talk today is about learning -- not teaching. The question I want to examine with you is, how can outsiders best contribute to the process of building peace in war-torn societies?

07 April 2004, Geneva

Address by Kofi Annan to the Commission on Human Rights

Following is the text of the address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva:

It is good that we have observed those minutes of silence together.

We must never forget our collective failure to protect at least 800,000 defenceless men, women and children who perished in Rwanda 10 years ago.

Such crimes cannot be reversed.

Such failures cannot be repaired.

The dead cannot be brought back to life.

So what can we do?

26 January 2004, Stockholm

Address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Stockholm International Forum in Stockholm, Sweden, on 26 January 2004

There can be no more important issue, and no more binding obligation, than the prevention of genocide.

Indeed, this may be considered one of the original purposes of the United Nations. The “untold sorrow” which the scourge of war had brought to mankind, at the time when our Organization was established, included genocide on a horrific scale. The words “never again” were on everyone’s lips.