Kofi Annan

14 December 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General considers that the capture of Saddam Hussein, the epitome of the former regime, is an important event. It offers an opportunity to give fresh impetus to the search for peace and stability in Iraq, on the basis of an inclusive and fully transparent process.

The Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to do everything possible to help Iraqis, if asked and as circumstances permit.

12 December 2003, Tubingen University, Germany

Secretary-General's lecture on Global Ethics - "Do we still have universal values?"

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Let me start by thanking Professor Küng –not only for that very kind introduction, but also for inviting me here to give this lecture. I was deeply touched when, eighteen months ago in Berlin, he handed me a note asking me to do this as a birthday gift for him, at any time after his 75th birthday on 19 March 2003.

12 December 2003, Tubingen, Germany

Secretary-General's question and answer session following lecture entitled "Do we still have universal values?"

Professor Dr Küng: Mr Secretary-General, you feel, I believe the deep gratitude of all of us, especially of the younger generation, you met before in the other three halls. I do not know if you ever got, before the beginning, four standing ovations. That was really extraordinary and your lecture confirmed us, and encouraged us, and you shared your vision of a more sustainable future, a more peaceful future, of our planet, based really on common human values. I'm sure that your speech will become an essential document for all those who are committed to a global ethic.

11 December 2003, Berlin, Germany

Secretary-General's toast at Global Compact dinner hosted by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

Mr. Chancellor,

Thank you for those very warm words and for hosting this dinner. And especially, thank you for the whole-hearted support that you and your Government have given to my Global Compact initiative, ever since I first announced it nearly five years ago.

Indeed, I cannot think of any other Government that has done so much to support the Compact.

Joschka [Fischer], you were the first to welcome it in the United Nations General Assembly, and the political support of your office has been invaluable.

11 December 2003, Berlin, Germany

Secretary-General's press conference with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (unofficial transcript)

[The German Chancellor first made some introductory comments in German.]

SG: Thank you very much, Mr. Chancellor, ladies and gentlemen. I'm also extremely pleased to be back in Berlin –this dynamic, revitalized, ever-changing city. And each time I come back, I see how much the city has changed and improved.

10 December 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on disturbances in Monrovia, Liberia

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) launched the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation programme for the estimated 40,000 Liberian combatants on 7 December 2003 with the opening of the cantonment site for former government soldiers and militia at Camp Scheiffelin, just outside Monrovia.

10 December 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's address to the World Summit on the Information Society [as delivered]

Je tiens à remercier le Gouvernement suisse pour l'appui remarquable qu'il a apporté au Sommet, et je ne pense pas seulement ici à la chaleureuse hospitalité et à l'efficacité dont la Suisse est coutumière mais aussi à l'engagement politique résolu qu'il a pris pour faire de ce Sommet un succès.

Je tiens également à remercier M. Utsumi et l'Union internationale des télécommunications pour l'esprit d'ouverture dont ils ont fait preuve dans la gestion du processus du Sommet et pour l'efficacité de leur collaboration avec l'ensemble du système des Nations Unies.

10 December 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's email to students participating in the World Summit Event for Schools

This e:mail was sent from the original web server at Palexpo in Geneva as a side event to the World Summit on the Information Society:

"Dear young friends,

10 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message on Human Rights Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has served as a beacon of hope for our world for fifty-five years. So have the brave men and women who defend human rights in every country. Today, I wish to pay tribute to their commitment and their courage.

10 December 2003, Milan, Italy

Secretary-General's message to the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change [delivered by Mr. J.A. Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs]

For many years now, scientists have warned us about the creeping long-term impacts of ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. By the end of this century, our planet may look very different than it does now, with many small islands gone, the Arctic Ocean free of ice for many months of the year, agricultural regions dramatically altered, and our ecological life-support systems under stress as never before. Developing countries are especially vulnerable. If this forecast comes true, our children and grandchildren will not understand how we allowed this to happen.