Kofi Annan

17 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The theme for this year's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty –“Working together out of poverty”?highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.

17 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to the people of Timor-Leste on the release of the Report of the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry

Dear Timorese friends,

Your decades-long struggle for freedom, and your young State's first steps on the path of democracy and the rule of law, rightly earned the world's admiration and affection. All of us were saddened by the severe setback you suffered in the violence of last April and May. But in June you impressed us once again, when you asked for an Independent Special Commission of Inquiry to establish the facts and circumstances of those incidents. I immediately agreed to that request, and today I welcome the Commission's report.

17 October 2006, Beijing, China

Secretary-General's message to China Poverty Eradication Awards Ceremony [delivered by Mr. Khalid Malik, UN Resident Coordinator]

It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to all participants of this second China Poverty Eradication Awards ceremony.

Six years ago, world leaders made a commitment to an ambitious but achievable set of human uplift measures known as the Millennium Development Goals. Since then we have made real but insufficient progress towards achieving them.

16 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on World Food Day

Every year, World Food Day provides a sobering reminder that in a world of plenty, millions of people go hungry each day.

16 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement

The Secretary-General welcomes the peace agreement signed by the Government of Sudan and the Eastern Front on 14 October in Asmara, following the mediation by the Government of Eritrea.

The Secretary-General expresses the hope that the agreement will consolidate the settlement of the conflict in eastern Sudan, and contribute to peace and stability throughout the country. The United Nations stands ready to support the parties in their efforts to implement the agreement.

16 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Ethiopia/Eritrea –Violation of the Temporary Security Zone

This morning, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reported that the Eritrean Defence Forces (EDF) have moved approximately 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the Temporary Security Zone. The EDF took over one UNMEE checkpoint in Sector West.

16 October 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General is alarmed by the upsurge of violence in Sri Lanka in the past several months, including today's appalling suicide bombing of a convoy of military buses. The Secretary-General deplores the escalation of violence.

The Secretary-General stresses once again that a return to civil war will not resolve the conflict. He calls upon all parties to refrain from the use of force and to return to the negotiation table at the end of this month, as tentatively agreed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

16 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at "Unlearning Intolerance" seminar on the theme "Cartooning for Peace"

My dear friends,

Welcome to the United Nations. I am so glad that we have been able to bring this distinguished group of cartoonists together at UN Headquarters.

Let me thank the Halle Institute; Shashi and his colleagues in the UN Department of Public Information –especially the staff of our Regional Information Centre in Brussels; and above all my friend Plantu. This seminar and the accompanying exhibition –which we hope to take on the road to Brussels, Geneva, Cairo and other world centres –were his idea. He has been working for many years to make them happen.

16 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to the Fourth Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

It is a pleasure to send my greetings to all the participants in this colloquium. The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law has taken important steps in recent years to promote international cooperation among university law faculties. Those efforts are helping to strengthen the legal and educational foundations of sustainable development, and to build up capacity for compliance with multilateral environmental agreements.

13 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks on the appointment of the Eighth Secretary-General

Thank you, Madam President.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me extend my warmest congratulations to my successor, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. Let me also congratulate all of you, the Member States, on this choice.

Mr. Ban, I am delighted that your election turned out this way -- early and orderly. Surely this is the way we would wish all Secretaries-General to be elected.