Middle East

29 November 2008, Doha

Remarks to Lunch Event on Financing for Development and the Economics of Gender

Thank you Minister Erik Solheim [Minister of the Environment and International Development of Norway] for your kind introduction.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome this opportunity to speak with you on the economics of gender. This is an extremely important subject, and I thank Norway for organizing this event.

29 November 2008, Doha

Remarks to the Opening of the Follow-Up International Conference on Financing for Development

Your Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar,

Heads of State and Government,

Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset of this meeting, I would like to reaffirm our solidarity with the government and people of India, as they mourn the victims of the outrageous terrorist acts in Mumbai.

Leaders around the world unanimously condemn in the strongest terms the violence we have seen in Mumbai in the past three days.

28 November 2008, Doha

Opening remarks at press conference

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would first like to begin this evening by strongly condemning the violence we have seen in Mumbai in the past two days.

No cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians, and the perpetrators must be brought swiftly to justice.

I send my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded, and express my solidarity with the people and Government of India.

04 May 2007, Sharm El Sheikh

Remarks at the foreign ministers' meeting on Iraq

I thank Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit for hosting this gathering and for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to each one of us.

It is an honour for me to join you at this important expanded meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Iraq and its neighbours.  I very much look forward to continuing and strengthening our common efforts in the months ahead to promote peace, cooperation and well-being in Iraq and the region.

In my recent visit to Baghdad, I witnessed first-hand many of the complex challenges that face Iraq.

03 May 2007, Sharm El Sheikh

Remarks at the launch of the International Compact with Iraq

I would like to thank all of you for participating in the launch of the International Compact with Iraq. Your presence is a clear sign of your commitment to stand in solidarity with the people and Government of Iraq at a time when they need our support.

23 April 2007, Doha

Remarks to the Seventh Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade, Qatar

Your Highness, [Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani], President Halonen, [of Finland], Mr. Straw, [Leader of the House of Commons, United Kingdom], Mr. Lahoud, [President of Lebanon], Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted at this opportunity to address the Seventh Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade.

The name of this beautiful city where we are gathered is already associated in the minds of millions with the idea of free trade.

28 March 2007, Riyadh

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address to the League of Arab States in Riyadh

I thank Your Majesty King Abdullah and the people of Saudi Arabia for hosting this gathering, and for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to each one of us.

I also thank Secretary-General Moussa for his leadership of the League of Arab States.

It is an honour for me to join you in this Summit meeting, my first as Secretary-General of the United Nations.  I very much look forward to our meetings here in Riyadh, and to our common efforts in the weeks and months ahead to promote peace and well-being throughout the region.

15 March 2006, Jerusalem

UN Has 'Sacred Responsibility' to Combat Hatred, Intolerance, says Kofi Annan at Jerusalem Holocaust Memorial

Following are United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s remarks at the inauguration of the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem:

I would like to thank the Government of Israel and Yad Vashem for inviting us to this ceremony.

The Holocaust occupies a unique place in the history of the United Nations.

The very name of the Organization was coined to describe the alliance fighting to end the Nazi regime.

In April 1945, just days after delegates gathered in San Francisco to draft our Charter, the death camp at Dachau was liberated.

23 November 2004, Sharm El Sheikh

Address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the International Conference on Iraq

Following is the text of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s address to the International Conference on Iraq in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt:

I thank the Government of Egypt for convening this conference, which comes at a truly critical hour in the history of Iraq.

10 December 1997, Tehran

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines and illuminates global pluralism and diversity, Says Secretary-General on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration

It is a special pleasure for me to address you today, at this distinguished university, in the heart of your great and ancient land. I have long looked forward to visiting Iran, and I am grateful for the generous welcome I have received. Iran is living through a time of great promise and change. The eyes of the world are upon you. With vision, pride and compassion, you are renewing your nation. I congratulate you on your success.