Kofi Annan

11 November 2003, Lima, Peru

Secretary-General upn receiving the "Orden del Sol" decoration

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour to be visiting Peru and to be awarded the “Orden del Sol del Peru”, your country's highest civilian award.

I take this recognition as an expression of your strong and enduring commitment to the United Nations and its global mission of peace, development and human rights. That commitment comes in many forms –from the principled to the practical.

11 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's statement on the release and repatriation of 300 prisoners of war to Morocco

The Secretary-General welcomes the release by the Frente POLISARIO, with the assistance of a Member State, of an additional 300 prisoners of war, who were repatriated on 8 November to the Kingdom of Morocco by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

11 November 2003, Lima Peru

Secretary-General's impromptu remarks during visit to the Nueva Era settlement in Villa El Salvador (unofficial transcript)

SG: Mr. President,

I would like to thank you for giving me and [my wife] Nane the opportunity to explore the reality on the ground.

You said earlier that you will devote your whole life to fighting poverty. Let me assure you, Mr. President, you are not alone in that struggle. You have in me and in the United Nations colleagues around the world and those who are working here in Peru great partners and we will work hand in hand to fight poverty. (Applause)

11 November 2003, Lima, Peru

Secretary-General's press encounter with President Alejandro Toledo (unofficial transcript)

SG: Thank you very much Mr. President.

Ladies and gentlemen.

10 November 2003, Quito, Ecuador

Secretary-General's remarks at ceremony hosted by the Municipality of Quito

Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for those kind words. Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Citizens of Quito, Queridos Amigos,

I am moved by the honour you have bestowed on me today, and by the warm welcome you have given my wife and me. This is our first visit to your city and to Ecuador, but we feel we have already experienced a great deal -- and we like all of it so far!

10 November 2003, Quito, Ecuador

Secretary-General's address to the National Congress in Ecuador

Thank you, Mr. President of Congress, for those kind words.

Distinguished parliamentarians,

I am moved and grateful to receive this decoration from you today. Above all, I am honoured to be addressing this Congress.

10 November 2003, Quito, Ecuador

Press encounter following meeting with President Lucio Gutiérrez Borbúa

[Transcript not yet available]

09 November 2003, Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos National Park, Galapagos, Ecuador

Text of video message taped by the Secretary-General at Galapagos National Park

Dear friends,

These Galapagos Islands are a place of extraordinary richness.

To see, firsthand, the beauty and mystery that led to one of the greatest scientific advances in history, is to understand why, 25 years ago, UNESCO recognized these islands as a world heritage site.

Here, amidst the giant tortoises and sea lions, the marine iguanas and Darwin's finches, one cannot help but contemplate one's own place in the natural world –and in particular one's responsibility to conserve it for future generations.

09 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on yesterday's attack in Riyadh

The Secretary-General is horrified by last night's attack against a residential compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that reportedly killed at least ten innocent people and injured many others. He condemns this terrorist act in the strongest possible terms.

The Secretary-General conveys his heartfelt condolences to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the families of the victims. He is confident that the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will bring to justice the perpetrators of this cowardly attack.

07 November 2003, Santiago, Chile

Secretary-General's remarks at roundtable on "Renewal of the United Nations and the Global Situation"

President Lagos, President Halonen, Excellencies, Dear Friends

Nane and I remember the great hospitality extended to us last time we came to Chile –and it has been the same this time. I had planned to try to look around Santiago this morning. But when it was proposed that I spend this time with my two friends, President Lagos and President Halonen, to discuss this topic, I could not turn it down.