Kofi Annan

07 November 2003, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Remarks of the Secretary-General upon arrival in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Mr Vice-President, Mr. Mayor, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for those kind words about the United Nations and my own modest efforts. You have spoken as a true citizen of the world, and while you are a Mayor, you have shown an awareness of the global perspective.

Citizens of Guayaquil,

My dear friends,

07 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Canada's ratification of the Convention on the Law of the Sea

The Secretary-General was delighted to learn that Canada has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea -- a momentous occasion in the history of the Convention. As a major coastal state, Canada has considerable special interests in maritime trade, fisheries and protection of the marine environment. It has one of the longest coastlines in the world, bordering on three oceans, and one of the largest expanses of ocean space off its coast.

06 November 2003, Santiago, Chile

Secretary-General's address to Chilean Parliamentarians

Thank you, Mr. President of the Senate, and Madame President of the Chamber of Deputies,

Distinguished parliamentarians,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

I have been touched by the warm welcome I have received in Chile. And I am honoured to be invited to speak to you today. Your hospitality leaves me in no doubt that the commitment of the people of Chile to the noble ideals and daily work of the United Nations is still alive and well.

06 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Cote d&#39Ivoire

The Secretary-General welcomes the proposal by the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to convene a meeting of the Ivorian parties in Accra, Ghana, on

10 November to discuss ways of resolving the current impasse in the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire, to be followed by an ECOWAS Summit, on 11 November.

06 November 2003, Zhuhai, People's Republic of China

Secretary-General's message to the World Economic Development Declaration Conference [delivered by Mr. Khalid Malik, UNDP Resident Representative in China]

It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to everyone who has gathered from across China and from around the world for this timely conference. I would like to thank the Government and people of the People's Republic of China for this expression of support for the United Nations and for the cause of equitable, sustainable development.

06 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Today marks the second observance of the International Day for Preventing Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

All wars are destructive -- to people, to countries and to the environment. That is why the Geneva Conventions and Protocols and other international laws discourage the worst excesses of armed conflict, including the targeting of civilians, the mistreatment of prisoners of war, and the destruction of sensitive infrastructure such as large dams and nuclear power stations.

06 November 2003, Santiago, Chile

Secretary-General's joint press encounter with President Ricardo Lagos of Chile (unofficial transcript)

SG: Thank you very much Mr. President, Ladies and Gentleman.

Mr. President, let me start by thanking you for the very warm hospitality you and the people of Chile have extended to me. But your hospitality is not limited to me as Secretary-General, you are already a home here to a large UN office, ECLAC [the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean], where you have provided good hospitality and I know the staff here feel very much at home and that is an essential requirement for them to be as productive as they can.

05 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of Sharon Capeling of UNV

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened by the death of Sharon Capeling-Alakija, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteer Programme. Ms. Capeling-Alakija was a deeply committed and creative leader of UNV, which promotes volunteerism, sends some 5,000 UN Volunteers into the field every year and is often described as the “human face” of the UN's development efforts.

05 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the "Geneva Accord"

The Secretary-General welcomes the “Geneva Accord” drafted by prominent Israelis and Palestinians, which outlines comprehensive and detailed steps to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Such private initiatives, while not a substitute for official diplomatic negotiations between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, deserve praise and encouragement as courageous attempts to break the stalemate on both sides and to generate the popular support needed for peace in the Middle East.

04 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the adoption of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea

The adoption today, in Tehran, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea, is a significant step forward for the region. The countries that share responsibility for the largest inland body of water on Earth –Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan –are sending a message to their people and to the world that multilateral cooperation for sustainable development is not only essential, but possible.