Kofi Annan

13 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press conference - full transcript

SG: Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen.

As you know, I have just come back from a trip to the Middle East.

13 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press conference - full transcript

SG: Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen.

As you know, I have just come back from a trip to the Middle East.

12 September 2006, Astana, Kazakhstan

Secretary-General's message to the Second Congress of World and Traditional Religions [delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva]

You meet during 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.

11 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the Holy Family Church

Thank you, Father.

Bishop Walsh,

Archbishop Migliore,

Excellencies,

Dear friends,

Let me thank the Parish of the Holy Family Church for organizing this service, as it does every year.

We in the United Nations family have come to depend on this annual event, both as a solace while we contemplate the tribulations of the past year, and as a source of strength as we prepare to take on the trials of the year ahead.

11 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on the situation in Darfur

Mr. President, Excellencies,

The tragedy in Darfur has reached a critical moment. It merits this Council's closest attention and urgent action.

It is vital that we all speak candidly about what is happening, and about what it will take to bring an end to the suffering of so many millions of people.

I am very pleased to see the African Union, the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference represented here today. It is also important that the Government of Sudan is participating in this session.

Mr. President,

11 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's statement on the fifth anniversary of the 11 September attacks

The attacks of 11 September 2001 cut us all to the core, for they were an attack on humanity itself. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and with all those who lost loved ones in the tragedy. The United Nations remembers with other New Yorkers the gaping wound that was inflicted on this wonderful city -- this city that has been such a good and welcoming host to us for five decades. And we remember all those who have fallen victim to other acts of terrorism around the world.

08 September 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Afghanistan

The Secretary-General has learned with great concern about the explosion in Kabul today that claimed the lives of up to 16 people and wounded dozens more, the vast majority of them civilians.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims. In recent months, there have been an increasing number of such attacks in Kabul and other parts of the country. The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms these acts, which reflect an inexcusable disregard for the value of human life and only serve to undermine the country's transition.

08 September 2006, New York

The Secretary-General's remarks at the 59th Annual DPI-NGO Conference

Thank you very much Raymond,

Ladies and Gentlemen and Dear Friends,

It gives me great pleasure to join all of you today. As you know, much of my daily work involves contacts with Governments. Yet, much of what I have achieved as Secretary-General was made possible by your support and involvement.

08 September 2006, New York

Secretary-General's statement on the adoption of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Today's adoption by the General Assembly of a United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy sends a clear message that terrorism is unacceptable, no matter who commits it, no matter what the reason.

08 September 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Burundi Ceasefire Agreement (English and French versions below)

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing of a Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Burundi and the PALIPEHUTU-Forces nationales de libération (FNL) in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on 7 September. He expresses his appreciation for the efforts of the Regional Initiative for Peace in Burundi and the South African Facilitation, to help achieve this Agreement, which, it is hoped, will bring to an end thirteen years of armed conflict in the country.