17 September 2005, General Assembly

Statement by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the sixtieth session of the General Assembly

Following is the statement by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the sixtieth session of the General Assembly:

We meet at the end of an historic week for the United Nations.

Progress has been made across a broader front than on any other single occasion in the 60-year history of the Organization.

08 March 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the International Women's Day inter-agency event on ending impunity for violence against women and girls

I am happy to be with you to celebrate International Women's Day -- my first as Secretary-General.  I hope you will all come to know me as a firm ally in the cause of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

On this day, let me add my voice to the tributes to Ms. Angela King -- a great champion of women's rights, and an inspiration to women and men everywhere.  Let us resolve to build on her legacy.

31 July 2007, UN Headquarters

Address to General Assembly thematic debate: "Climate Change as a Global Challenge"

Madam President, Excellencies, Dear Delegates,

Let me thank the President of the General Assembly, Her Excellency Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, for convening this timely and topical debate.

We meet at a time when climate change – long on the international agenda – is finally receiving the very highest attention that it merits. We have all heard a lot about the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They have unequivocally affirmed the warming of our climate system, and linked it directly to human activity.

25 September 2007, General Assembly

Address to the 62nd General Assembly: "A Stronger UN for a Better World"

Mr. President,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,


Ladies and Gentlemen:

Congratulations on your election, Mr. President. Welcome, all, to New York in this beautiful autumn season.

It is a pleasure and an honor to be with you, at this opening of the general debate of our 62nd General Assembly. I expect the year ahead to be among the most challenging in our history. And I am sure that, together, we can make it one of the most successful.

20 November 2007, Economic and Social Council

Remarks to the Annual Parliamentary Hearing of the Joint United Nations-Inter-Parliamentary Union

Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished parliamentarians, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to join all of you today. This is the first time the Annual Parliamentary Hearing has been jointly organized by the UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. It is also my first time addressing this Hearing as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Let me thank all of you for being here, and for giving me this opportunity to share some thoughts on advancing the rule of law in an international setting.

Ladies and gentlemen,

25 February 2008, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Commission on the Status of Women

Mr. President of ECOSOC,
Distinguished Ministers,
Mr. Chairperson of the Commission,

Civil society representatives,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured and moved to be with you today.

Standing here before the Commission on the Status of Women, whose members have done so much for gender equality worldwide, I am energized by your activism and inspired by your achievements.

16 April 2008, Security Council

Remarks at the Security Council High-Level Meeting on Peace and Security in Africa

President Mbeki,

President Kikwete,

Chairperson Konaré,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished Ministers,

Distinguished Envoys,


It is an honour to join you, and to welcome you to the United Nations. Allow me to pay tribute to South Africa for convening this debate on peace and security in Africa, and for giving us the opportunity to discuss the important relationship between the United Nations and the African Union.

20 May 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at a press encounter before departing for Myanmar

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

It is a great pleasure to see you.

As you all know, I leave for Myanmar this morning. I will fly from New York to Bangkok and visit Myanmar's capital, Yangon on early Thursday morning, May 22nd. I will stay there until May 23rd. From there I will tour the Irrawaddy delta area, the most affected area, and other areas where I will be led by the Myanmarese government. And afterwards I will return to Yangon to meet with the leadership and senior government officials of Myanmar.

17 July 2008, Security Council

Remarks at the Security Council open debate on Children and Armed Conflict

Thank you, Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Members of the Council,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the Presidency of the Council for organizing a discussion on this important topic.

The protection of children in armed conflict is a litmus test for the United Nations and the Organization's Member States. It is a moral call, and deserves to be placed above politics. It requires innovative, fearless engagement by all stakeholders.

22 September 2008, UN Headquarters

Opening Remarks to the Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee

Mr. Chairman [Norwegian Foreign Minister Store],


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to United Nations Headquarters for this meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee.

I particularly welcome Prime Minister Fayyad, whose leadership of the Palestinian Authority for over a year now has driven a far-reaching effort in Palestinian reform and self-empowerment, despite conditions of great adversity.