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.