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.