07 September 2007, N'djamena, Chad

Secretary-General's joint press conference with Foreign Minister Ahmad Allam-Mi [unofficial transcript]

FM: [Reading the joint communiqué between the Government of Chad and the United Nations]

Accueillant la visite au Tchad le 7 septembre de son Excellence Monsieur Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies ;

Soulignant la coopération actuelle entre le Gouvernement du Tchad et les Nations Unies ;

07 September 2007, N'djamena, Chad

Secretary-General's comments after meeting President Idriss Deby Itno

SG: Chers amis de la presse.

C'est un grand plaisir et un honneur de visiter le Tchad et sa capitale N'Djamena.

Le rôle du Tchad dans la résolution de conflits régionaux, en particulier au Darfour ne peut être ignoré. Mon équipe et

moi-même sommes donc ici pour souligner cet aspect.

J'ai eu un entretien très fructueux avec Son Excellence le Président Deby sur plusieurs sujets, y compris la situation au Darfour, le déploiement de la force multidimensionnelle dans l'est du Tchad.

07 September 2007, Bol, Chad

Secretary-General's remarks to press during a visit to Lake Chad

This is an example of how seriously and negatively global warming affects and impacts our environment and our lives. I was sad to see that Lake Chad , which was once so vast, measuring 25,000 square kilometers some 40 years ago, has shrunken to [about 2,500] square kilometers. This is again a vivid example and illustration of how the mismanagement of the ecosystem and the movement of mass population can affect our livelihoods.

06 September 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the death of Luciano Pavarotti

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Luciano Pavarotti, the tenor and United Nations Messenger of Peace. He extends his sympathy and condolences to Mr. Pavarotti's family, as well as to the Government and people of Italy, at this painful time.

06 September 2007, Khartoum, Sudan

Secretary-General's joint press conference with Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol, in the presence of President Omar Bashir [unofficial transcript]

SG: Thank you very much, Mr. President and Mr. Foreign Minister.

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen.

As you have just heard from the Foreign Minister, in the presence of President Bashir, we have had very useful talks here in Khartoum.

You will see that from our joint communiqué. We have taken a big step toward our shared goal of bringing peace to Darfur and long-term development of Sudan.

05 September 2007, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General's video message to the 7th World Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International

Ms. Venus Ilagan, Chairperson of Disabled Peoples International, Dr. Lee Ick-seop, Chairperson of Disabled Peoples International Korea, Honorary Chairpersons, Distinguished delegates, Distinguished guests from the international and Korean disability movements and allies,

What an honour to speak to all of you on this occasion: the World Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International, being held this year in my home country.

Allow me to convey a special greeting to Mrs. Kwon Yang-suk, First Lady and one of the Honorary Chairpersons of the Assembly.

05 September 2007, El Fasher, Sudan

Secretary-General's press encounter at future site of UNAMID headquarters [unofficial transcript]

SG: Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the future site of UNAMID. We are standing here where our hybrid peacekeepers will be stationed. I think this is the embodiment of our common and hard efforts to bring peace and security in Darfur and in Sudan as a whole, in bringing peace and security and development and protection of human rights.

04 September 2007, Juba, Sudan

Secretary-General's address at Juba University

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to visit southern Sudan and to join all of you here today in Juba University.

Earlier today, I visited the memorial to John Garang, a man of great courage. He fought long and hard for the freedom, justice and equality of his people. Following his tragic death, the world feared the consequences for peace. South Sudan is blessed that your President, Salva Kiir, quickly exercised leadership to fulfill your shared vision.

04 September 2007, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the ongoing armed clashes in North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He calls on the Government of the DRC and all local stakeholders to persevere in their efforts to bring about a peaceful solution. The Secretary-General is also very concerned by the impact of the fighting on local populations and calls on all parties to ensure the protection of the vulnerable. He urges all stakeholders in the region to focus on resolving the underlying causes of the crisis through dialogue.

04 September 2007, Juba, Sudan

Secretary-General's remarks at joint press conference with Salva Kiir, First Vice President of Sudan, and President of Southern Sudan [unofficial transcript]

SG: Thank you very much, Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you very much, Mr. President, for this warmest welcome.

I am very pleased to visit southern Sudan, Juba, and I was very much impressed and moved by such a warm and wholehearted support and greetings of welcome from all of the people of Juba.

Taking this opportunity I would like to convey through you my warmest appreciation and thanks to all those people who have lined up welcoming me in Juba.