Kofi Annan

28 September 2006, Kigali, Rwanda

Secretary-General's message to the 24th Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa [delivered by Ms. Bintou Keita, UN Resident Coordinator a.i.] (Scroll down for English and French versions)

It is my pleasure to send you all my warm greetings on the occasion of this important meeting. I would like first of all to thank the people and Government of Rwanda, who are hosting the work of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa for the first time.

27 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the second meeting of the steering committee of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID)

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to UN Headquarters. Let me thank you all for your great generosity in giving your time and creative energies to this initiative. I would like to thank Dr. Craig Barrett in particular for taking on a new role as Chairman of the Global Alliance even while continuing to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intel.

27 September 2006, Kiev, Ukraine

Secretary-General's message to ceremony and international forum commemorating the 65th anniversary of the tragedy of Babyn Yar [delivered by Mr. Francis O&#39Donnell, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine]

The massacre of many thousands of Jews, Soviet prisoners of war, Ukrainian nationalists, Roma and others at Babyn Yar was one of the worst horrors of the Second World War. If we are to have any chance of sparing future generations from similar tragedies, we must keep memory alive.

I recall vividly my own visit to the site four years ago. I felt the truth of the line in Yevtushenko's famous poem, “Here all things scream silently”.

25 September 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the World Trade Organization Public Forum

Dear friends,

This Forum provides a chance to reflect on the rules of international trade, and how they affect people's lives.

It is a reminder that opening up global trade is essential, if we are to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

That means seizing the Doha Development Agenda as a historic opportunity to re-balance the rules of the trading system in favour of the poor.

22 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at Ibero-American Dinner [as prepared for delivery]

Thank you, Minister [Moratinos].

I am delighted to be with all of you tonight. This gathering is a welcome example of the United Nations' growing relationships with regional and other intergovernmental organizations.

In recent years, we in the UN have grown to appreciate the need to work with regional and other groupings in a better structured, more efficient way. We are building channels to share information, expertise and resources more effectively. And we want to interact in ways that recognize the diversity of these organizations, avoiding a one-size-fits all approach.

21 September 2006, New York

Toast du Secretaire General au diner des francophones

Monsieur le Ministre, Madame, Excellences, Chers amis,

21 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's opening statement at Security Council debate on the situation in the Middle East

Thank you very much, Madam President,

Like no other conflict, the Arab-Israeli conflict carries a powerful symbolic and emotional charge for people throughout the world. The narratives of the two sides –dispossession, prolonged occupation and denial of statehood on one side, terrorism and existential threats on the other –stir the fears and passions of people of many nations. And our continued failure to resolve this conflict calls into question the legitimacy and the effectiveness of this Council itself.

21 September 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on extension of AMIS mandate in Darfur

The Secretary-General welcomes the extension, by the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC), of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Sudan until 31 December 2006.

21 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to the high-level Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace [delivered by Carolyn McAskie, Assistant Secretary-General, Peacebuilding Support Office]

I am delighted to convey my warm wishes to all who have gathered for the High-level Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace. It is both appropriate and auspicious that you meet on 21 September, the International Day of Peace

Our global community is experiencing a period of sharply increasing intolerance, extremism and violence. Recent developments in the Middle East have only fuelled this trend. Relations between adherents of major world religions have been particularly affected. If unaddressed, these may even threaten stability in many places.