Peace and Security

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.

20 March 2003, New York

Secretary-General Pledges UN Assistance and Support to the People of Iraq

Today, despite the best efforts of the international community and the United Nations, war has come to Iraq for the third time in a quarter of a century.

Perhaps if we had persevered a little longer, Iraq could yet have been disarmed peacefully, or -- if not -- the world could have taken action to solve this problem by a collective decision, endowing it with greater legitimacy, and, therefore, commanding wider support, than is the case now.

06 March 2003, Security Council

Kofi Annan's statement at the special meeting of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee

Following is statement delivered by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the special meeting of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee:

20 January 2003, Security Council

Statement of Kofi Annan to the 20 January Security Council ministerial meeting on terrorism

Following is the statement of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the 20 January Security Council ministerial meeting on terrorism:

The Security Council, in today’s meeting, is showing the firm will of the international community to address the scourge of terrorism. Your presence here at ministerial level is a sign of the importance that the world attaches to dealing effectively with this global threat.

04 October 2002, Security Council

Statement by Kofi Annan to Security Council to commemorate one-year anniversary of Committee on Counter-Terrorism

Following is the statement by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Security Council at meeting to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Committee on Counter-Terrorism:

Your meeting today reflects your determination to confront reality rather than escape from it; to recognize an evil rather than excuse it.