Kofi Annan

19 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter with CNN [use of this transcript must be attributed to CNN]

Q: Just a quick comment on your thoughts on the Thai coup.

SG: I don't have all the details, but we as an Organization have always supported governmental changes through democratic means, through the ballot box. As the African Union, for example, has indicated, they do not support those who come to power through the barrel of a gun. I don't have the details, but this is not a practice to be encouraged.

Q: And any words for the people of Thailand?

18 September 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the second session of the Human Rights Council

My dear friends,

This time last year, your heads of state and government took the remarkable step of deciding to create a new Human Rights Council, to promote universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner. They agreed that the Council should address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations. They looked to you, in other words, to give voice to the voiceless victims of abuses throughout the world.

18 September 2006, New York

The Secretary-General's statement at the High-Level meeting on Iraq

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me start by thanking all of you for joining me for this important meeting.

18 September 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

[Please scroll down for French version]

The Secretary-General welcomes last week's validation by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the results of the first round of the presidential election held on 30 July. This confirms that a second round will be contested by President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba.

18 September 2006, New York

REMARKS AT THE FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY AWARD CEREMONY

President Kaczyñski,

Mr. President, [of the General Assembly]

Mr. Deland, [Chairman, World Committee on Disability]

Ambassador vanden Heuvel, [Co-Chair, Roosevelt Institute]

Ms. Roosevelt, [Co-Chair, Roosevelt Institute]

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to join you for the presentation of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award.

18 September 2006,

A responsibility we all share

The glimmer of hope that many of us felt when the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed four months ago—albeit by only two of the parties—is being extinguished by renewed fighting among the factions. In violation of the Agreement, thousands of Sudanese government troops have been deployed to the area, and it has been subjected to renewed aerial bombing.

I strongly condemn this escalation. The Government of Sudan should stop its offensive immediately. All parties should perform what they have promised and abide by the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

15 September 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Cote d&#39Ivoire

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the increase in inflammatory rhetoric in Cote d'Ivoire, which is fueling serious tension as the country approaches the end of the transition period in the end of October. Already, the tragic consequences of the recent dumping of toxic waste in Abidjan, a few weeks ago, has created serious problems and resulted in a number of violent incidents.

15 September 2006, Havana, Cuba

The Secretary-General's address to the XIV Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement

Mr. Vice President Raul Castro,

Mr. Prime Minister Badawi,

Mr. President Thabo Mbeki

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Dear friends,

I am honoured to address you today. Let me begin by thanking our host, President Fidel Castro, and the Government and people of Cuba, for their warm welcome and kind hospitality.

14 September 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on recent initiatives by philanthrophic organizations

The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the recent, separate announcements by an alliance of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of a new African Green Revolution and the generous financial support of

Mr. George Soros and the Open Society Institute for the Millennium Villages Project of the Millennium Promise Organization.

14 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's address to the High-Level Dialogue of the General Assembly on International Migration and Development

Madam President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Migration is a courageous expression of an individual's will to overcome adversity and live a better life. Over the past decade, globalization has increased the number of people with the desire and capacity to move to other places.

This new era of mobility has created opportunities for societies throughout the world, as well as new challenges. It has also underscored the strong linkages between international migration and development.