Kofi Annan

14 October 2003, New York

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

Q: Secretary-General, what is your opinion about the resolution, the latest US draft resolution on Iraq?

10 October 2003, New York

on 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Ms. Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive the prize and a courageous champion of human rights. He extends his sincere congratulations to Ms. Ebadi, noting that she previously served as Iran's first woman judge and is recognized particularly for her tireless work to promote the human rights of women, children and refugees.

10 October 2003, New York

on IDF Missile Attack in Rafah

The Secretary-General deplores the killing of Palestinian civilians during the Israeli incursion into Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Two children were among those killed when the IDF fired a missile into a crowded area.

Not for the first time, the Secretary-General reminds Israel that the disproportionate use of force in densely populated areas is not compatible with international humanitarian law.

The Secretary-General calls again on both sides to take every measure to avoid harming innocent civilians.

10 October 2003, New York

Press Encounter by the Secretary-General on arrival at United Nations Headquarters

Q: Good morning Mr. Secretary-General. I was wondering what you're reaction was to the new winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and what message you think this sends about women's rights and human rights in Iran and other Islamic countries?

09 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the terrorist incidents in Baghdad, Iraq

The Secretary-General strongly condemns both today's suicide bombing at a police station in Sadr City, Baghdad and the killing of Mr. Jose Antonio Bernal, a Spanish diplomat. The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the toll of dead and wounded arising from these murderous attacks. He conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and hopes that the injured will make a full recovery.

09 October 2003, Washington, DC

Secretary-General's message to the 2003 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner

Bill and Melinda Gates have helped set new standards in philanthropy and partnerships. Time and again, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has demonstrated its visionary approach to the use of wealth for the greatest public good, in areas from education to public health, in this country and in the developing world. Moved by the unconscionable disparities they saw between rich and poor nations, they have developed an approach that epitomizes the best of partnerships, bringing together Governments, the United Nations and corporate leaders.

08 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at dinner hosted by the UNA-USA and Business Council for the UN

Secretary [Tommy] Thompson, Bill, [Luers]Faye, [Wattleton], John, [Whitehead], Friends and colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here tonight. Thank you all for yet another extraordinary show of support for the United Nations.

You will not be surprised to hear me say that we need that support more than ever these days.

08 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-gneral on the signing of "The Pretoria Protocol on Political, Defence and Security Power-sharing in Burundi"

The Secretary-General welcomes the Pretoria Protocol on political, defence and security power-sharing, signed today by 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 both President Domitien Ndayizeye and Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza for their courage and commitment to peace and reconciliation.

The Secretary-General is grateful to President Mbeki and other leaders of the region for their sustained efforts that made this agreement possible.

08 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message for the International Day for Disaster Reduction

The theme of this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction is “turning the tide on disasters towards sustainable development”.

08 October 2003, Paris, France

Secretary-General's message to the XV Consultative Group Meeting on Bolivia [delivered by Mr. Carlos Felipe Martinez, UN Resident Coordinator in Bolivia]

This Consultative Group meeting on Bolivia is timely and crucial. For the past 20 years, Bolivia has undertaken a series of reforms with the assistance of the United Nations family. Yet the majority of the Bolivian people, who have already made significant sacrifices, continue to endure great hardship. Urgent action is needed to ensure that their demands for social justice are answered, and that the developing democratic process continues to move forward.