Kofi Annan

08 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message to "Human Security for all", a symposium in tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello [delivered by Mr. Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs]

I am delighted to send my greetings to all the friends and colleagues of Sergio Vieira de Mello who have gathered to pay tribute to him and to discuss a topic that was dear to his heart and central to his professional life -- human security for all.

Sergio would have been glad that you are addressing this simple but powerful theme: the notion that every man, woman and child must have clean water, enough food to eat, adequate shelter, basic health care, a decent education, protection from violence, and a popularly elected government.

07 December 2003, New York

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

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General was profoundly saddened by reports that nine children were killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan, apparently as a result of an air strike carried out by coalition forces targetting a Taleban leader. The

Secretary-General offers his sincerest condolences to the families of the

children who were killed.

The Secretary-General has noted that the coalition will conduct an

investigation into this tragic incident and urges that the investigation be

07 December 2003, UN Headquarters, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at a press encounter with the Prime Minister of China, Wen Jiabao

SG: Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. The Prime Minister and I have had a very constructive and stimulating conversation. We discussed the China-UN relationship, and Iraq, the Korean Peninsula, the efforts to contain HIV/AIDS. I had the chance to congratulate the Prime Minister on the effective way China contained the SARS epidemic. And, of course, we also agreed to continue our cooperation.

05 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's statement on the Geneva Accords

The Secretary-General is encouraged after meeting today with Yasser Abed Rabo and Yossi Beilin and other Geneva Accord signatories. A major part of the Geneva Accord's importance comes from the hope of future reconciliation and peace that it brings to both Israelis and Palestinians. The Secretary-General believes that the momentum needed for conflict resolution in the Middle East must come from people working together for change.

05 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message for the launch of the U Thant Institute [delivered by Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Public Information and Communications]

I am delighted to send my warmest greetings to this launch of the U Thant Institute. As the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, U Thant was ahead of his time in many ways that we may not realize today. He led the Organization in an age of exceptional challenges, and made courageous efforts to ease tensions during the Cuban missile crisis and to bring an end to the Vietnam War.

05 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at memorial ceremony for Sharon Capeling-Alakija

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am moved to be with you all today to pay tribute to a beloved member of the United Nations family. I am also pleased that her son Gavin, his wife Izumi and her granddaughter, Sola, are with us this morning.

05 December 2003, Abuja, Nigeria

Secretary-General's message to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

I send my greetings to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to Secretary-General McKinnon, and to President Obasanjo and the other Heads of State and Government of the Commonwealth who have gathered in Abuja.

The Commonwealth and the United Nations share a long-standing commitment to strengthening democracy and good governance, promoting the rule of law and fundamental human rights, and supporting sustainable development. All of these are vital to preventing conflict and ensuring stability.

05 December 2003, Tunis, Tunisia

Message du Secretaire General au premier sommet des chefs d&#39etat et de gouvernement des pays partenaires de la cooperation en mediterranee occidentale [lu par M. Ariel Francais, Coordonnateur resident des Nations Unies en Tunisie]

C'est avec plaisir que je vous adresse à tous mes salutations chaleureuses à l'occasion de ce premier Sommet des Chefs d'État et de gouvernement des pays partenaires de la coopération en Méditerranée occidentale. Je voudrais rendre hommage au peuple et au Gouvernement tunisiens qui, sous la conduite du Président Ben Ali, accueillent cette réunion importante dans leur capitale.

05 December 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on explosion in the Russian Federation

The Secretary-General was dismayed to learn of this morning's explosion in a commuter train near the Yessentuki station in the Russian Federation. This appears to be yet another act of terrorism. Terrorism can never be justified.

The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the Government of the Russian Federation and to the families and friends of all those who were killed and the many more who were injured in this vicious attack.

05 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message for International Volunteer Day

Amid a daily dose of news stories about war, conflicts and other man-made disasters, it is often a challenge not to lose heart when we see the suffering inflicted on so many millions of people throughout the world. But far away from the spotlight, there are millions of generous individuals who, around the clock and around the world, roll up their sleeves and volunteer to help in any way they can.