Peace and Security

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.

19 June 2001, Oxford

Cyril Foster Lecture, "Why Democracy Is an International Issue", by Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Thank you very much, Vice-Chancellor, for that most generous introduction.

It is a very great pleasure for me to be back in Oxford, and an even greater honour to be asked to give this Lecture, as the official guest of the University.

20 September 1999, General Assembly

Secretary-General presents his Annual Report to the General Assembly

Following is the text as delivered of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's address presenting his annual report to the opening meeting of the United Nations General Assembly:

I am deeply honoured to address this last General Assembly of the twentieth century, and to present to you my annual report on the work of the Organization. The text of the report is before you.

On this occasion, I shall like to address the prospects for human security and intervention in the next century. In light of the dramatic events of the past year, I trust that you will understand this decision.

16 December 1998, New York

Secretary-General Deeply Regrets That United Nations Efforts to Seek Peace in Iraq Have Proved Insufficient

The following is a statement to the press by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on United Kingdom-United States military action against Iraq, in New York:

This is a sad day for the United Nations, and for the world. My thoughts tonight are with the people of Iraq, with the 370 United Nations humanitarian workers who remain in the country, and with all others whose lives are in danger.