Kofi Annan

04 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on staff security

The Secretary-General is giving close attention to the Report of the Independent Panel on the Safety and Security of United Nations Personnel in Iraq, headed by Mr. Maarti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland.

In response to one of its main recommendations, the Secretary-General has established a team to determine accountability at all managerial levels at Headquarters and in the field to review responsibilities for relevant decisions prior to the attack on 19 August 2003 in Baghdad.

04 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on political developments in Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General is following closely political developments in Sri Lanka. He hopes that President Kumaratunga's decisions, which were announced today, including a temporary suspension of parliament, will not have a negative impact on the peace process. The Secretary-General wishes to reiterate that he continues to support this process.

04 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on flash floods in Indonesia

The Secretary-General has learned with distress that large scale flash flooding hit northern Sumatra in the Republic of Indonesia. The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of 74 lives and the extensive damage that resulted from the disaster. He wishes to convey his condolences and deepest sympathy to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and to the victims of the disaster.

03 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the signing of "The Pretoria Protocol on outstanding political, defence and security power-sharing issues in Burundi"

The Secretary-General welcomes the Pretoria Protocol on Outstanding Political, Defence and Security Power-sharing Issues, signed on 2 November between the Transitional Government of Burundi and the Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie/Force pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD/FDD). He commends President Domitien Ndayizeye and Mr. Nkurunziza for their commitment to peace and reconciliation in Burundi and calls on them to ensure full implementation of the Protocol in accordance with the agreed timetable.

03 November 2003, Mexico City, Mexico

Secretary-General's message to the Fifth Global Forum on Reinventing Government [delivered by Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

I am delighted to send my best wishes to this Global Forum on Reinventing Government, which provides a unique platform for facilitating the exchange of experiences related to improving governance and strengthening public administration.

03 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter on Olympic Truce

Q: In terms of the realities of what we are living in today, the practical appliance of the truce, because of what we are seeing in Iraq, the conflict between Israel and Palestine -- what sort of impact could it have this time vis a vis the previous resolutions, in your opinion?

03 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter upon arrival at UNHQ (unofficial transcript)

Q: Has all your staff left Baghdad?

SG: …in principle they should all be out or on their way out.

Q: When do you intend to make security changes. That's coming up this week?

31 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's statement on the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations Convention against Corruption

Thank you very much, Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life, and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.

30 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Korean developments

The Secretary-General welcomes encouraging news from Pyongyang that China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea agreed in principle to hold a new round of multilateral talks to continue the Beijing negotiating process. He remains convinced that dialogue is the way to resolve security and related issues facing the Korean Peninsula and calls on the parties concerned to look for creative approaches towards the issues they are facing. The Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy will continue supporting these efforts.

30 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the high-level dialogue of the General Assembly on Financing for Development

Thank you very much, Mr. President, Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

One stark fact should be on our minds throughout this timely dialogue: in 2002, for the sixth consecutive year, developing countries made a net transfer of financial resources to other countries. Moreover, last year's was the largest such negative resource transfer ever: almost $200 billion.