Kofi Annan

13 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Timor-Leste

As part of the assistance being provided by the United Nations for the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in Timor-Leste in 2007, the Secretary-General has appointed a team of high-level electoral experts to verify the satisfactory conduct of each phase of the electoral process.

13 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

The Secretary-General is delighted that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 has been awarded to Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, pioneers of the microfinance movement and long-standing allies of the United Nations in the cause of development and the empowerment of women. He notes that thanks to Professor Yunus and the Grameen Bank, microfinance has proved its value as a way for low-income families to break the vicious circle of poverty, for productive enterprises to grow, and for communities to prosper.

13 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter after appointment by the General Assembly of the Eighth Secretary-General

Q: Are you relieved to see your term wrapping up?

SG: It was a very interesting period, and I wish Mr. Ban every success. I am sure he is going to succeed, and he is going to do it very well, and I hope you all heard his message of hope. I think he will be a great Secretary-General.

Q: How do you feel about the way things are going with the resolution on North Korea, Sir?

SG: Well, I think some progress has been made, and I hope that the resolution will be adopted shortly.

Thank you very much.

11 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on violence against children

The Secretary-General is pleased with the conclusion of the UN Study on Violence against Children, led by his Independent Expert, Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro. The report will be presented this afternoon to the Third Committee of the General Assembly.

11 October 2006, New York

The Secretary-General's remarks on the launch of the Peacebuilding Fund

Thank you very much madam chairperson,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

11 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, I know you issued a printed statement following the North Korean action, but this is our first chance to see you in public, and I wondered if you could first give us your thoughts on the implications of it.

10 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to the United Nations Orthodox Prayer Service at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral [delivered by Edward Mortimer, Director of Communications, Executive Office of the Secretary-General]

Let me express my sincere gratitude to you for once again organizing this prayer service for the United Nations. By coming together on this occasion every year, you give us comfort as we contemplate the tribulations of the past year, and encouragement as we prepare to take on the trials ahead.

In this way, you provide a much-needed sense of continuity amidst of the challenges that never cease to confront our United Nations.

10 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General remarks at UNA-USA Dinner [as prepared for delivery]

U N I T E D N A T I O N S N A T I O N S U N I E S

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is quite an honor to be introduced by my friend Ted Turner, a remarkable individual whose vision is matched only by his uncommon generosity.

10 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on Mental Health Day

We are all deeply concerned -- and rightly so -- about deaths resulting from wars, homicide, terrorism and other forms of violence. Yet deaths due to suicide, and the factors that can lead to it, do not receive nearly enough attention. There are about one million self-inflicted deaths each year. If we add to that the many attempted suicides, we can see the real scale of this public health problem and human tragedy -- one which affects tens of millions of people.