Kofi Annan

10 November 2006, Busan, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General's message to Ministerial Conference on Transport organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [delivered by Mr. Hak-Su Kim, Executive Secretary of ESCAP]

It gives me great pleasure to extend my best wishes to all delegations attending the Ministerial Conference on Transport organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Allow me to express my gratitude to the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for hosting this important regional event on a timely and important subject.

Advances in transport improve productivity, reduce costs and promote trade. That, in turn, encourages economic growth and social development.

10 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter after opening of the 2007 Shanghai Olympics Exhibit (unofficial transcript)

Q: We know that China keeps working on the promotion of the special Olympic Games, and also to build a harmonious society. How do you evaluate their performance?

09 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to an informal meeting of the General Assembly on the Report of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence

Madam President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful for this early opportunity to present you with the Report of the High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence, which I myself received only this morning from Prime Ministers Aziz and Stoltenberg.

08 November 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Middle East

The Secretary-General was shocked to learn about the Israeli military operation carried out early today in a residential area in Beit Hanoun, which has resulted in the deaths of at least 18 Palestinians, including eight children and seven women. He extends his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

08 November 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Nepal

The Secretary-General heartily welcomes the agreement reached yesterday between the Seven-Party Alliance and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). This agreement offers the people of Nepal a historic opportunity to end the armed conflict in their country, and to build sustainable peace within an inclusive and democratic state.

08 November 2006,

As Climate Changes, Can We?

If there was any remaining doubt about the urgent need to combat climate change, two reports issued last week should make the world sit up and take notice. First, according to the latest data submitted to the United Nations, the greenhouse-gas emissions of the major industrialized countries continue to increase.

08 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter following Security Council monthly luncheon (unofficial transcript)

SG: I am just coming from the monthly lunch with the Security Council, where we discussed many issues, including the situation in the occupied Palestinian Territories, where, as you know, this morning I expressed my anguish and deep concern about the loss of civilian lives. You also know that over the weekend I had the opportunity of talking to [Israeli] Prime Minister [Ehud] Olmert, requesting that they exercise maximum restraint. I also talked to [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud] Abbas, urging him to do whatever he can to ensure that Katyushas going into Israel were also stopped.

07 November 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, will visit Myanmar from 9-12 November as an emissary of the Secretary-General, within the context of the good offices mandate given by the General Assembly and at the invitation of the Government of Myanmar. Mr. Gambari is expected to meet with senior officials and with actors from across the political spectrum, including all those with whom he met during his first visit in May of this year.

07 November 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the Third Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General, UN Office at Geneva]

I am pleased to send my greetings to all the participants in this Third Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which seeks to ban or restrict the use of weapons that cause excessive injury or unnecessary suffering to combatants, or affect civilians indiscriminately.

06 November 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the Eighth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [delivered by Timothy Caughley, Deputy Secretary-General, Conference on Disarmament]

I am pleased to send greetings to this Eighth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.