UN role and reform

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.

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.

21 March 2005, General Assembly

Kofi Annan's statement to the General Assembly

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Thank you for allowing me to present to you, in person, the five-year progress report that you requested from me, on the implementation of the Millennium Declaration.

The main message of that report is that the aims of the Declaration can be achieved, but only if you, the member states, are willing to adopt a package of specific, concrete decisions this year.

23 September 2003, General Assembly

Adoption of Policy of Pre-emption Could Result in Proliferation of Uniliteral, Lawless Use of Force, Kofi Annan tells General Assembly

Following is the address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the General Assembly:

The last 12 months have been very painful for those of us who believe in collective answers to our common problems and challenges.

In many countries, terrorism has once again brought death and suffering to innocent people.

In the Middle East, and in certain parts of Africa, violence has continued to escalate.

In the Korean peninsula, and elsewhere, the threat of nuclear proliferation casts an ominous shadow across the landscape.

10 December 2001, Oslo

Nobel Lecture delivered by Kofi Annan

Following is the text of the Nobel Lecture delivered today by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Oslo:

24 September 2001, General Assembly

Address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the United Nations General Assembly

Following is the text of the address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the United Nations General Assembly:

Two weeks ago, as you will all remember, we were looking forward to this day, as the day when we would begin our General Debate.

Many of you expected to be represented here by your head of State or government, or by your foreign minister.

I had, myself, hoped to set out for you what I see as the main priorities for the work of the Organization over the next five years.

But alas, Mr. President, that was two weeks ago.

06 September 2001, Uppsala

Lecture by Kofi Annan on Dag Hammarskjöld and the 21st Century

Following is the text of the Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture entitled Dag Hammarskjöld and the 21st Century, delivered by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Uppsala, Sweden:

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have given many speeches, and even quite a few lectures. But I can think of no invitation to speak that is a greater honour, or a greater challenge, than this one.

20 September 1999, General Assembly

Secretary-General presents his Annual Report to the General Assembly

Following is the text as delivered of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's address presenting his annual report to the opening meeting of the United Nations General Assembly:

I am deeply honoured to address this last General Assembly of the twentieth century, and to present to you my annual report on the work of the Organization. The text of the report is before you.

On this occasion, I shall like to address the prospects for human security and intervention in the next century. In light of the dramatic events of the past year, I trust that you will understand this decision.

17 December 1996, General Assembly

Statement to the General Assembly by Secretary-General designate, Kofi Annan, 17 December 1996

Mr. President, respected Secretary-General, distinguished Ambassadors:

Thank you all for your kind words. I am deeply moved by the good wishes of so accomplished a group of speakers.

Mr. President, I have long admired the imagination and determination you have brought to the difficult challenges of multilateral diplomacy, and I should like to express my appreciation of the leadership you have demonstrated in taking this session of the General Assembly through its demanding schedule to an efficient and productive conclusion.