Kofi Annan

14 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at General Assembly tribute to Secretary-General and Oath of Office ceremony of Secretary-General designate

Thank you very much, Madam President.

Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am deeply honoured and truly touched by the words you have spoken. After ten wonderful years as Secretary-General, it is humbling to be recognized for simply doing what you love to do.

14 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

Secretary-General's message to the Second Summit of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region [delivered by Mr. Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa]

It is a great pleasure to send my warmest greetings to the Heads of State and Government and others gathered in Nairobi for this important Summit. I thank President Kibaki and the Government and people of Kenya for hosting this event. I also pay tribute to Chairman Konaré and President Nguesso for their leadership of the African Union, their support for this conference, and their tireless efforts to bring peace to a troubled region.

13 December 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Human Rights Council and Darfur

The Secretary-General is pleased that the Human Rights Council has taken robust action to address the grave human rights situation in Darfur. He welcomes the Council's resolution, adopted by consensus, to dispatch a high-level mission to Darfur, composed of highly qualified individuals to be appointed by the President of the Council. The decision of the Human Rights Council sends a united message that the ongoing violence and killing in Darfur is unacceptable and must stop.

13 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (delivered by Mr. Mark Malloch Brown, Deputy Secretary-General)

For most people in this room, today marks an important event: the day the General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But for 650 million persons around the world living with disabilities, today promises to be the dawn of a new era -- an era in which disabled people will no longer have to endure the discriminatory practices and attitudes that have been permitted to prevail for all too long.

12 December 2006, Security Council

Addressing Security Council, Annan calls for ‘new and urgent push for peace’in the Middle East

Thank you very much, Mr. President,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me start by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to present my report on the Middle East, and we are happy to see you here Mr. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister [Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani.]

As I told the General Assembly in September, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one regional conflict amongst many. No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge even for people far away.

12 December 2006, New York

Statement by the Secretary-General on the resignation of Jan Egeland

It is with deep regret, and with profound gratitude for his tireless efforts, that I have accepted the resignation of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland.

12 December 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's video message to the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Darfur

I am glad that you are holding this special session to address a crisis that demands the full attention of the international community. I am only sorry that I can't be with you in person.

12 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's address to the Security Council on the Middle East

Thank you very much, Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me start by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to present my report on the Middle East, and we are happy to see you here Mr. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister [Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani.]

As I told the General Assembly in September, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one regional conflict amongst many. No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge even for people far away.

11 December 2006, Truman Library

In Truman Library speech, Annan says UN remains best tool to achieve key goals of international relations

Thank you, Senator [Hagel] for that wonderful introduction. It is a great honor to be introduced by such a distinguished legislator. And thanks to you, Mr. Devine, and all your staff, and to the wonderful UNA chapter of Kansas City , for all you have done to make this occasion possible.