African issues

31 May 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the Africa Day celebrations

I am delighted to welcome you to this celebration to mark Africa Day. Every year, Africa Day provides an appropriate opportunity to reflect on the continent’s prospects, take stock of its problems, and acknowledge its achievements.

29 January 2007, Addis Ababa

Address to the African Union Summit

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis très ému par votre chaleureux accueil, auquel je suis très sensible.  Permettez-moi d'exprimer mes remerciements au Président de l'Union, le Président Denis Sassou Nguesso, et au Président de la Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, pour leur action à la tête de l'Union et pour l'engagement qu'ils ont pris de coopérer étroitement avec l'Organisation des Nations Unies et avec moi-même personnellement.

27 January 2007, Kinshasa

Address to the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on 27 January

I would like first of all to express, on my personal behalf and on behalf of the United Nations, my sincerest congratulations on your historic election to the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I would also like to tell you how pleased and honoured I am to speak before you at this crucial time in the history of your country.

16 November 2006, Addis Ababa

Address at African Development Forum focuses on continent's key challenges

Excellencies, Dear Friends:

This has been a chequered decade for development, but an extraordinary one for the UN's role in development.

When I took office in 1997, official development assistance had been declining for more than a decade. Funding for the UN system had dropped precipitously, amidst fierce ideological debates with the Bretton Woods institutions and other partners about the right approach to development. And the world was falling rapidly behind in tackling new challenges, particularly HIV/AIDS.

01 July 2006, Banjul

Need for shared sense of responsibility stressed at African Union Summit


Prime Ministers,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

10 July 2003, Maputo

Statement delivered by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the African Union Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, on 10 July:

Let me first thank our hosts, President Joaquim Chissano and the people of Mozambique, for their wonderful welcome and generous hospitality. Equally, let me say a special word of gratitude to President Thabo Mbeki for his hard work and leadership during the first -- and highly challenging -- year in the life of the African Union.

I should also like to pay tribute to Mr. Amara Essy, First Chairman of the Commission of the African Union, for his dedicated service and for the leadership he has provided in helping lay down foundations for the Commission of the African Union.

26 April 2001, Abuja

Address by Kofi Annan to the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases

President Obasanjo, our gracious host,

President Eyadema, Chairman of the OAU,

Salim Salim, Secretary-General of the OAU,

Excellencies, my dear friends,

This is a conference about Africa's future.

10 January 2000, Security Council

Address by Kofi Annan to the Security Council on The Situation in Africa: the impact of AIDS on peace and security

Thank you, Mr. Vice-President, [United States Vice President Al Gore] for that thoughtful statement. Your presence here today is a promising start indeed to the New Year, and welcome evidence of your country's commitment to the United Nations.

As we open this new millennium, many of us have much to be thankful for. Most of the world is at peace. Most of us are better educated than our parents or grandparents. We can expect to live longer lives, with greater freedom and a wider range of choices.

02 June 1997, Harare

Address by Kofi Annan to the Annual Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)

Following is the address given by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Annual Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at Harare:

It is an honour and a privilege for me to be here in Harare today, addressing the leaders of Africa at this Annual Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

On behalf of us all, I pay tribute to President Robert Mugabe. We thank him, and the Government and people of Zimbabwe, for the warmth of their welcome and the graciousness of their hospitality.