Kofi Annan

09 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on DPRK nuclear test

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the news that the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has conducted a nuclear test, in spite of repeated worldwide efforts to discourage it from doing so. This action violates international norms of disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as the current international moratorium on nuclear testing. It aggravates regional tensions in and around the Korean Peninsula, and jeopardizes security both in the region and beyond.

09 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on appointment of new Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the decision of the Security Council to recommend His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, to the General Assembly for appointment as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. He has the highest respect for Mr. Ban, having had the pleasure of working with him both in his present capacity and when he was Chef de Cabinet to the President of the General Assembly.

06 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Darfur –United Nations support to the African Union Mission in Sudan

Yesterday, the Secretary-General received a letter from President Omar Hassan Ahmed AlBashir of Sudan giving a positive response to the initiative of the United Nations and the African Union regarding United Nations support to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS). This assistance package is detailed in a joint letter addressed to President Bashir by the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on 22 September 2006, and is aimed at enhancing AMIS's capacity to carry out its mandated tasks under the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA).

05 October 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Cote d&#39Ivoire [scroll down for English and French versions]

The Secretary-General deplores the inflammatory remarks made on 2 October by the President of the Front Populaire Ivoirien, Mr. Affi Nguessan, which contained threats against citizens of other members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) living in Côte d'Ivoire. The Secretary-General calls on all Ivorian political leaders and their followers to exercise the utmost restraint at this critical juncture, and stresses that those instigating or committing violent acts will be held personally responsible by the international community.

03 October 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General shares the global concern regarding the declared intention by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to conduct a nuclear test in the future. Such action, if undertaken, would further aggravate tensions in the region. It would bring universal condemnation by the international community and will not help DPRK achieve the goals expressed in its statement, particularly with regard to strengthening its security.

03 October 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General is pleased that Georgia and the Russian Federation have been able to resolve the issue of the recent arrest of Russian officers in Georgia in a peaceful and constructive manner. He appreciates the efforts undertaken by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, H.E. Mr. Karel de Gucht, to help bring about this result.

The Secretary-General expresses the hope that all parties concerned will refrain from statements or actions that could affect stability in the region, and encourages them to engage constructively to address existing problems.

02 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on World Habitat Day

By the year 2050, some 6 billion people representing two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. Never before in history has the world witnessed such rapid urbanization. Neither has it witnessed such a swift rise in the absolute numbers of people migrating. The two phenomena -- migration and urban growth -- are strongly linked, mainly because the majority of people on the move go for the bright lights of the city.

01 October 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Older Persons

In the tenth and final year of my tenure as Secretary-General, after a full career in the service of the United Nations, I have a personal stake in the fate of older persons and the fulfillment of their aspirations. But I am only one of 600 million persons in the world over the age of 60. As people across the globe come to live increasingly longer lives, our entire human family has a stake in encouraging and easing a productive, active, and healthy aging process.

29 September 2006, New York

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

The Board of Inquiry appointed to investigate the incident at Khiam, Lebanon in which four UN Military Observers were killed has now submitted its report to the Secretary-General.

28 September 2006, New York

Remarks by the Secretary-general introducing Al Gore's lecture, "An inconvenient truth"

Dear friends,

I am delighted to welcome you to another in our series of public lectures. I am especially pleased to see such a large turnout, since this evening event is a break from our tradition of lunchtime talks.

We have a real treat in store for us tonight. Our guest needs no introduction. His long career in public service earned global renown and recognition. But lately he has taken a new role, and become one of the most unexpected movie stars of the year.