Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

03 November 2007, Istanbul

Remarks at the expanded meeting of Iraq’s neighbours

I thank the Government of Turkey for hosting this gathering and for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to us.

It is an honour for me to join you at this important meeting. I look forward to continuing and strengthening our joint efforts to promote peace, cooperation and well-being in Iraq and the region.

04 October 2007, General Assembly

Remarks at High-level Dialogue on inter-religious and intercultural understanding and cooperation for peace

Mr. President,

Your Excellency, Vice President Noli De Castro [Philippines]

Your Excellency, Ambassador Akram, [Pakistan]

Distinguished delegates,

Dear friends,

I am honoured to be here for this dialogue. In the nine months that I have been in office, I have travelled to all corners of the United Nations, from Kinshasa to Kabul, from Brussels to Beirut. Everywhere I have visited, and among all the different people I have met, I have encountered one common sentiment – a universal longing for peace, and an aspiration of prosperity.

02 October 2007, General Assembly

Remarks at the informal General Assembly Plenary Meeting on the First Observance of the International Day of Non-Violence

Mr. President, Excellency Minister Dlamini Zuma, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to address the General Assembly on the first commemoration of the International Day of Non-Violence.

The United Nations was created in the hope that humanity could not only end wars, it could eventually make them unnecessary. The founders hoped that our Organization could help stop violence by spreading a culture of peace, promoting tolerance and advancing human dignity.

30 September 2007, New York

Remarks at the Festival of Sukkot

Khug Sameyach! [Happy festival!]

I am honoured to join you for this Celebration of Understanding and harmony between the Peoples and Faiths of the World. Thank you for letting me experience the tabernacle with you.

For me, there could be no better way of celebrating the opening of the United Nations General Assembly -- an occasion on which we come together, not only as nations, but as human beings united in our yearning for peace.

15 May 2007, New York

Address on the 50th Anniversary of the Korea Society

Ambassador Gregg, Chairman of the Korea Society,
Ambassador Revere, President,
Chairman Lee,
Ambassador Hill,
Ambassador Choi,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,

It is truly a delight for my wife and me to be here. This is not like going out to dinner. This is like coming home.

In fact, it is my home. Let me welcome all of you to my residence. Owing to extensive renovation work at the official Secretary-General's residence at Sutton Place, I am still staying in this hotel.

10 May 2007, UN Headquarters

Remarks at General Assembly Informal Thematic Debate: "Civilizations and the Challenges for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities”

Madam President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, and Esteemed participants,

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

16 January 2007, Washington, D.C.

Address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Thank you, Dr. Brzezinski, for those kind words. I feel it is I who should be praising you. You are rightly known around the world for your keen geopolitical instincts, and your uncanny ability to accurately predict world-changing events. I hope you and I can discuss this later, one to one, as a crystal ball could come in very handy in my job.

13 November 2006, Istanbul

Kofi Annan Calls for End to Resentments, Stereotypes, Preconceptions, upon receiving Alliance of Civilizations Report

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s address upon receiving the Alliance of Civilizations report in Istanbul:

Bosporus currents are notoriously strong, flowing one way on the surface, and the opposite way underneath. Yet, for centuries the Turkish people have successfully ridden these currents as they navigated the boundary between Europe and Asia, and between the Islamic world and the West –- and they have prospered as a result.

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.

21 June 2004, UN Headquarters

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s opening remarks at the Department of Public Information (DPI) Seminar on Anti-Semitism, in New York, 21 June:

Welcome to United Nations Headquarters.

In holding this series of seminars, the United Nations is true to one of the most sacred purposes of the world’s peoples in whose name the Organization was founded: “to practise tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours”.