Kofi Annan

21 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of the former President of the Central African Republic, David Dacko

The Secretary-General has learned with great sadness of the death of the first President of the Central African Republic. A major political figure in the history of his country, David Dacko, who died yesterday in hospital in Yaoundé, Cameroon, will be remembered for his long service to the people of the Central African Republic, whom he served on two separate occasions as Head of State, first from 1960-1965 and then from 1979 to 1981. The Secretary-General extends his deepest sympathies to David Dacko's bereaved family and to the Government and people of the Central African Republic.

21 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's Emma Lazarus Lecture on International Flows of Humanity at Columbia University

There could be no place more fitting for a lecture on international flows of humanity than this great university, located as it is in a city which has been the archetypal success story of international migration.

And you could not have chosen a better person to name it after than Emma Lazarus, whose unforgettable lines are inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, the Mother of Exiles. Just in case you have forgotten them, they are printed in your program!

21 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at Institutional Investors Summit on Climate Risk

Thank you very much, Ms. [Denise] Nappier for that warm introduction. You also made a slip there, saying I was [Secretary-General] of the United States and I whispered to Tim [Wirth] –I said, could you imagine if I could combine both functions, what I can do. [laughter, applause]

Mr. Vice President, [Al Gore], it is really wonderful to see you here again. I think one of the last times you were here you presided over the Security Council on a very critical issue and we are really very happy to see you here.

21 November 2003, New York

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

The Secretary-General has been following with interest and concern developments in Georgia, particularly since the parliamentary elections on 2 November. He hopes that demonstrations will remain peaceful and that all concerned will exercise maximum restraint. The Secretary-General urges the country's political leaders to do their utmost to seek a peaceful resolution to this situation.

20 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's statement to the Security Council on the closure of the Oil-for-Food

Mr. President,

The Council meets today to mark the completion of one of the largest, most complex and most unusual tasks it has ever entrusted to the Secretariat –the only humanitarian programme ever to have been funded entirely from resources belonging to the nation it was designed to help. The mandate you gave us –to assume temporary custody of Iraq's oil exports and apply the revenue to a humanitarian programme –is unprecedented in the history of the United Nations.

20 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the bombings in Turkey

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the latest terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, on the British Consulate and the HSBC headquarters. He sends his deepest condolence to the Governments and peoples of Turkey and the United Kingdom, and especially to the families of the victims. He also expresses his deep sympathy to those injured in these latest acts of callous brutality. He hopes that the perpetrators will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

20 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message on Africa Industrialization Day

The theme of this year's observance of Africa Industrialization Day -- “Acceleration of Africa's Integration in the Global Economy through Effective Industrialization and Market Access” -- underscores the key role of industrialization in Africa's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the objectives of the New Agenda for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

20 November 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the Sixth United Nations Tripartite Oversight Coordination Meeting [delivered by Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva]

Each of the three entities participating in this gathering plays an indispensable role in the work of the United Nations. Your sharing of expertise, best practices and lessons learned reflects the spirit of openness and transparency that I have sought to instil throughout the Secretariat as part of my reform programme. I am pleased that you are focusing your attention where it is most needed -- where the potential risks to the Organization are highest.

20 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's statement at the meeting of the Security Council on the Great Lakes region of Africa

Mr. President,

You have before you my report on preparations for an International Conference on the Great Lakes region –a long-standing idea that has been given new impetus by the recent positive developments in the region.

20 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's comments about Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico

Since this will be the last time I will be speaking in this Chamber in the presence of our friend, Ambassador [Adolfo Aguilar] Zinser from Mexico, let me also say how much we will miss him –his wit, his sense of humour, his independent spirit, and his keen sense of justice and fair play.

He has made a contribution and I am happy to know that even though he is leaving us, the UN and the Security Council, the UN will be with him and he will be one of our Ambassadors out there, and he will speak about the important and the indispensable role of this organization.