Kofi Annan

04 December 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the 22nd General Assembly of the Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the United Nations

You meet at a moment of great consequence for the international community. The events of the past year have shaken the foundations of collective security, and undermined confidence in the possibility of collective responses to our common problems and challenges. Deep divergences of opinion have come to the fore on the range and nature of the challenges we face, and are likely to face in the future.

04 December 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

The High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, chaired by Mr. Anand Panyarachun of Thailand, will meet for the first time from 5-7 December. The Panel will meet with the Secretary-General and will then proceed to a venue outside the city for two days of intensive briefings and meetings.

04 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message on the launch of the observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family (2004)

While families have always been the essential social unit in all societies, the observance of the International Year of the Family in 1994 drew worldwide attention to the issue as a fundamental issue of policy. Governments and actors at all levels –local, national, regional and global –were encouraged to support the well-being of families through a range of policies, programmes and strategies.

04 December 2003,

Search for a New U.N. Role

We have come to a decisive moment in history. The great threat of nuclear confrontation between rival superpowers is now behind us. But a new and diverse constellation of threats has arisen in its place. We need to look again at the machinery of international relations. Is it up to these new challenges? If not, how does it need to be changed?

03 December 2003, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Secretary-General's remarks at UNICEF Goodwill Gala

Thank you very much, Carol [Bellamy].

Dear goodwill ambassadors,

Dear friends,

It's hard to believe that half a century has passed since Danny Kaye ventured out on behalf of UNICEF, with his heart, his humour, his name and his fame as his only weapons, to help make the world a better place for children.

On the day Danny Kaye became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a new kind of star was born.

03 December 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA

Secretary-General's remarks at a luncheon hosted by Mrs. Disney Miller and the Roots of Peace organization

Thank you Heidi [Kuhn]. It is ok to dream. It all begins with a dream. Now you tell us to follow it up with a toast then action. So hopefully we'll be hearing lots of toasts around the world followed by action.

Mrs. Disney Miller, and also your three children who are here with us this afternoon,

Thank you for your commitment and contribution to this great cause.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear friends,

03 December 2003, Los Angeles, USA

Secretary-General's remarks at meeting with the City Council and Mayor of Los Angeles

Mr. Council President, Mr. Mayor, thank you for those very kind words.

Distinguished members of the City Council, Distinguished members of the Consular Corps, and my young friends. It's wonderful to see so many young people in the hall today.

I am delighted and honoured to be among you today. Above all, I am heartened that you have adopted this resolution in support of the Millennium Development Goals.

03 December 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Secretary-General's remarks to the press following his visit to an AIDS clinic in Los Angeles

SG: Let me say that my wife and I have really spent a very meaningful time here to see the work of Dr. Andrea Kovacs and her team are doing here. We had the chance to meet some of the patients. We met parents. It is remarkable what a comprehensive and rational approach is taken here. My wife and I have the opportunity of traveling around the world, and as you know AIDS is personal priority of mine, so I've visited many clinics around the world. Only a few weeks ago we were in Latin America, we talked with other people living with HIV/AIDS.

02 December 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA

Secretary-General's address to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council

And thank you Mr [Eli]. Broad for those very very warm words.

I was also very delighted, and I think Nane would agree with me, to have listened to the International Children's Choir introduced to us this evening.

I really do feel at home seeing some old friends, Warren Christopher and his wife. I recall our last visit here and how well they took care of us.

My wife Nane and I are very happy to be among friends here in Los Angeles, and to join the World Affairs Council as you celebrate your 50th anniversary.

01 December 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, President of the General Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to thank the Committee for the invitation to this observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. I congratulate you, Mr. Chairman, and the members of the Committee for your hard work and devotion to the cause of peace in the Middle East.