Kofi Annan

13 November 2006, Istanbul

Kofi Annan Calls for End to Resentments, Stereotypes, Preconceptions, upon receiving Alliance of Civilizations Report

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s address upon receiving the Alliance of Civilizations report in Istanbul:

Bosporus currents are notoriously strong, flowing one way on the surface, and the opposite way underneath. Yet, for centuries the Turkish people have successfully ridden these currents as they navigated the boundary between Europe and Asia, and between the Islamic world and the West –- and they have prospered as a result.

13 November 2006, Brussels

Secretary-General's video message for the European Development Days (13 - 17 November 2006)

Dear friends and allies,

Thank you all for taking part in this wonderful initiative. And thanks especially to Louis Michel and his colleagues for making it happen. As Secretary-General, and as an African, I am delighted.

Once again, by bringing the public and the specialists together to support Africa, the European Union is showing the spirit we need to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

13 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to the State Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to mark the entry into force of Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War (Delivered by Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs)

I am delighted to send my greetings to this gathering on the occasion of the entry into force of this important multilateral legally binding instrument.

13 November 2006, Istanbul

Secretary-General's address upon receiving Alliance of Civilizations Report

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bosporus currents are notoriously strong, flowing one way on the surface, and the opposite way underneath. Yet, for centuries the Turkish people have successfully ridden these currents as they navigated the boundary between Europe and Asia, and between the Islamic world and the West –and they have prospered as a result.

12 November 2006, Notre Dame, Indiana

Secretary-General's message to University of Notre Dame Conference (Delivered by Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office)

I am pleased to send my greetings to all who have gathered at the University of Notre Dame for this important meeting. I am particularly delighted that so many leading figures from business, academia and civil society have come together to articulate a vision of “Peace through Commerce”.

10 November 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Central African Republic [scroll down for English and French versions]

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about worsening security conditions in north-eastern Central African Republic on the border with Sudan's Darfur region. The situation continues to deteriorate amid ongoing rebel attacks in different parts of the country and the recent violent seizure of the city of Birao. He calls for the immediate end to the occupation of Birao so that humanitarian and security conditions can be alleviated for civilians living in the area.

10 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks for Special Olympics World Summer Games Forum

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the United Nations for this very special exhibition.

Sport can play an important role in changing people's lives for the better. It can build self-esteem, leadership skills, community spirit, and bridges across ethnic or communal divides.

For the intellectually disabled, sport is a way to transcend commonly held ideas about their abilities as well as their aspirations.

10 November 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General is increasingly disturbed by the mounting loss of life in Sri Lanka's long-standing conflict. He deplores the many civilian casualties caused by the ongoing hostilities between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The Secretary-General emphasizes the urgent need to bring an end to the spiral of violence. The bloodshed is making it ever more difficult to heal the deep divisions in the country. He calls on the parties to make every effort to return to the peace process as soon as possible.

10 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks on the 60th Anniversary of the Commission on the Status of Women

Thank you very much, Madam President,

Dear friends,

I am moved to be with you today to celebrate this milestone.

Over the past 60 years, the Commission on the Status of Women has played a critical role in shaping the progress of women at both the global and national levels. You have helped develop legal measures. You have shaped new policy. You have raised awareness of the challenges confronting women worldwide.