Kofi Annan

31 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Korean Peninsula

The Secretary-General welcomes today's announcement that China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States have agreed to a resumption of the six-party talks.

He hopes the talks can be reconvened soon, and that they will yield positive results leading to lower tensions in the region.

30 October 2006, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Oliver Tambo Lecture, followed by question and answer session

What a wonderful welcome. I should have come more often. One should not believe everything one hears. Who said the Secretary-General has no friends in Washington? Look at you today.

Mr. President [John DeGioia], Members of the Faculty, Excellencies and dear friends, especially the young ones.

30 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (scroll down for English and French versions]

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their peaceful participation in the second round of the presidential election and the elections for the provincial assemblies, which were held on 29 October.

30 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Bangladesh

The Secretary-General is concerned by the violence in Bangladesh related to the forthcoming national elections and the transitional arrangements.

He hopes that the efforts of President Iajuddin Ahmed, who has assumed additional responsibilities as head of the Caretaker Government, to consult with the main political parties to find a way out of the present crisis will bring about the desired results.

30 October 2006, Athens, Greece

Secretary-General's message to the Internet Governance Forum (delivered by Mr. Nitin Desai, Special Adviser for the World Summit on the Information Society)

It gives me pleasure to send my greetings to this inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, generously hosted by the Government and people of Greece.

30 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly on "Investing in People"

Mr. Chairman,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The issue of human resources at the United Nations is close to my heart. Over the course of my UN career, I have been deeply involved with this function.

29 October 2006, Doha, Qatar

Secretary-General's message to the Sixth International Conference on New and Restored Democracies (delivered by Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director, UN Fund for International Partnerships

It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to all the participants in this important international conference on democracy. I commend the Government of Qatar for hosting this gathering, which shows its commitment to progress and modernization. Mongolia also merits recognition for the leadership it provided as the previous chair, and for its active implementation of the Ulaanbaatar Declaration.

29 October 2006, New York

Address to UN Global Youth Leadership Summit

This is the liveliest General Assembly Hall I've seen. [laughter]

My dear friends, let me welcome you all to the United Nations and to this summit. We have lots of people –presidents, prime ministers from several Member States, as well as young leaders who are leaders of tomorrow –at this summit.

This Summit is a wonderful opportunity for new generation to become fully engaged the gravest challenges confronting our world.

27 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General welcomes the progress that has been made in the technical preparations for the second round of the presidential election and the provincial assembly elections to be held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 29 October.

27 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk

The Secretary-General has now confirmed that Jan Pronk will continue to serve as his Special Representative in the Sudan until the end of the year, when his contract is set to expire.

Following ongoing consultations with the Sudanese authorities, it is expected that Mr. Pronk will return to Khartoum during November to organize an orderly handover to the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Mission, before returning to New York for debriefings and the completion of his mission.