Peace and Security

12 December 2006, Security Council

Addressing Security Council, Annan calls for ‘new and urgent push for peace’in the Middle East

Thank you very much, Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me start by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to present my report on the Middle East, and we are happy to see you here Mr. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister [Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani.]

As I told the General Assembly in September, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one regional conflict amongst many. No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge even for people far away.

28 November 2006, Princeton University

Role of disarmament, non-proliferation examined in Princeton lecture

Let me begin by saying how delighted I am to have been invited to give this address by a School named after Woodrow Wilson, the great pioneer of multilateralism and advocate of world peace, who argued, among other things, for agreed international limits on deadly weapons.

21 June 2006, Geneva

In address to conference on disarmament, Secretary-General Stresses Urgent Need for Immediate End to Prolonged Impasse in Organ’s Work

I very much welcome this opportunity to address the Conference on Disarmament. Last month, at the University of Tokyo, I spoke about the present state of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. I said then that the world stood at a crossroads. I believe that description applies with particular force to this body, and so I would like to use our time together today to make an appeal to you -– and through you, to the Governments you represent.

18 May 2006, Tokyo

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Faces Crisis of Compliance, Confidence, says Kofi Annan in address to University of Tokyo

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s address at the University of Tokyo:

02 May 2006, General Assembly

Address to the General Assembly by Kofi Annan on the launch of Uniting against terrorism: Recommendaions for a global counter-terrorism strategy

Following is the text of the address to the General Assembly by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the launch of Uniting against terrorism: Recommendations for a global counter-terrorism strategy:

10 March 2005, Madrid

Kofi Annan’s keynote address to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security

Following is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s keynote address to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, delivered in Madrid, Spain:

Why have you invited me to speak here? Because terrorism is a threat to all States, to all peoples, which can strike anytime, anywhere.

It is a direct attack on the core values the United Nations stands for: the rule of law; the protection of civilians; mutual respect between people of different faiths and cultures; and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

23 November 2004, Sharm El Sheikh

Address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the International Conference on Iraq

Following is the text of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s address to the International Conference on Iraq in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt:

I thank the Government of Egypt for convening this conference, which comes at a truly critical hour in the history of Iraq.

18 October 2004, University of Ulster

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Tip O’Neill Lecture, “Learning the lessons of peace-building”, delivered at Magee Campus, University of Ulster, United Kingdom, on 18 October:

My talk today is about learning -- not teaching. The question I want to examine with you is, how can outsiders best contribute to the process of building peace in war-torn societies?

26 January 2004, Stockholm

Address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Stockholm International Forum in Stockholm, Sweden, on 26 January 2004

There can be no more important issue, and no more binding obligation, than the prevention of genocide.

Indeed, this may be considered one of the original purposes of the United Nations. The “untold sorrow” which the scourge of war had brought to mankind, at the time when our Organization was established, included genocide on a horrific scale. The words “never again” were on everyone’s lips.

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.