Kofi Annan

27 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General following the meeting of the heads of the Principal Organs of the United Nations

The Heads of the six Principal Organs of the United Nations (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice and the Secretariat) held their eighth annual meeting in New York on 26 October 2006. The meeting was followed by a luncheon hosted by the Secretary-General. This annual process was initiated by the Secretary-General in 1998 in order to exchange views, facilitate coordination and improve efficiency in the workings of the Organization.

26 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Secretary-General on Christopher Burnham, Under-Secretary-General for Management

It is with great regret that I have accepted the resignation of Under-Secretary-General for Management, Christopher Burnham.

25 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at United Nations Day Concert

Dear friends,

This is a very moving occasion for me, since it is the last time I celebrate United Nations Day with you. I have spent almost my entire working life in the UN family. So this day, and the values that it stands for, will always be special for me.

Let me say a word of gratitude to the Government of Greece and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation for helping to bring us together at this concert. What better way than music to mark this day?

25 October 2006, New York

Unofficial Transcript of Remarks made by the Secretary-General outside the Security Council Chamber

Q: Vous avez rencontré le président de la Guinée Equatoriale. De quoi avez vous discuté avec lui? Avez-vous discuté avec lui du conflit frontalier avec le Gabon? Vous vous rencontrerez encore à Genève? Ou est-ce que vous avez un calendrier?

SG: On n'a pas fixé de calendrier.

Q: Sur le dossier ivoirien, quels sont finalement ce que vous voulez qu'on retienne?

24 October 2006, Nadi, Fiji

Secretary-General's message to the 37th Pacific Islands Forum, 24-25 October 2006 (Delivered by Mr. Richard Dictus, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Suva)

It gives me great pleasure to send greetings to Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and all the participants gathered in the Republic of the Fiji Islands for this meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum.

24 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's Message on United Nations Day

For the tenth and last time as Secretary-General, I offer friends and colleagues around the world my best wishes on United Nations Day. I have spent almost my whole professional life working for the United Nations –so this day, and the values that it stands for, will always be special for me.

Over the past ten years, we have made some big steps forward in our common struggle for development, security and human rights.

? Aid and debt relief have increased, making the world economy somewhat fairer.

23 October 2006, Cleveland, Ohio

Secretary-General's message to the Forum: "Business as an Agent of World Benenfit -- Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change"(Organized by the Academy of Management, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and the UN

It is a great pleasure to send my greetings to all the participants in this important meeting on the role of business in today's world. This subject has been an integral part of my tenure as Secretary-General. Indeed, more than ever before, the United Nations is making business –as well as civil society and the academic community -- vital partners in advancing our goals of international peace and development.

22 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General

The Secretary-General received this morning a letter from the Government of Sudan requesting him to withdraw his Special Representative, Mr. Jan Pronk, from the Republic of the Sudan.

The Secretary-General is reviewing the letter and has, in the meantime, requested Mr. Pronk to come to New York for consultations.

19 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to Human Security Photo Exhibit [delivered by Ms. Alicia Barcena, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General]

Human security in the 21st century implies far more than the absence of violent conflict. It embraces the right of individuals to live in freedom and dignity, free from poverty and despair and with the opportunities and choices to fulfil their potential.

18 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at World Food Day observance

It is good that so many of us have gathered here today to discuss a very important topic.

Every minute, dozens of children are born into extreme poverty. Every five seconds, a child dies of hunger. Every day, malnutrition and destitution condemn a vast swathe of humanity to a subhuman existence.

This week we mark both World Poverty Eradication Day and World Food Day –back to back –to remind ourselves that hunger and poverty are ugly siblings. You cannot get rid of either unless you tackle the other as well.