Kofi Annan

07 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at dinner hosted by the US Council for International Business, in honour of Mr. Charles [Chad] Holliday, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Dupont

Thank you, John [Negroponte], for those kind words.

It is a great pleasure to join you in paying tribute to Chad Holliday, a good friend of the United Nations.

I am also pleased to have this opportunity to talk to you about the Global Compact.

07 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev on the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of Green Cross International and Global Green USA

It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to the New York Gala Awards Dinner for 2003 and to join you in paying tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev, the distinguished founding president of Green Cross International.

It is little wonder that, ten years ago, after playing a central role in the end of the Cold War, Mr. Gorbachev embraced a new challenge that is just as vital for the well being of humankind: creating a sustainable future by cultivating harmonious relationships between human beings and the environment.

07 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's address at seminar to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Papal Encyclical "Pacem in Terris"

Thank you very much. Madame Chair, President of the General Assembly, Your Eminence Cardinal Egan, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen and of course the other members of the Panel:

Let me first thank Archbishop Migliore and his Mission for organizing this seminar, and particularly thank our distinguished visitor from Rome, my good friend, Archbishop and Cardinal-Elect Martino. Renato, thank you for taking the trouble to be with us today.

07 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to luncheon of African-American Civil Society Leaders

Dear friends,

Let me start by thanking all of you for coming this afternoon, coming to join us at the United Nations. Nane and I, and all my colleagues, are very pleased to welcome you here and are thrilled to have you with us.

06 October 2003, Tarrytown

Secretary-General's address to global Resident Representatives Meeting [as drafted]

Thank you, Mark, for those kind words.

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is hard to believe that it has been almost four years since the last global meeting of resident representatives.

06 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message to the Orthodox Christian Prayer Service for the UN Community [delivered by Joseph Stephanides, Director, Security Council Affairs Division]

I am grateful to the Joint Commission of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches for organizing this service, as it has done for the past three years.

This year, we welcome such services more than ever. Just seven weeks ago, our United Nations family was struck by a brutal and barbaric blow. Colleagues who were in Iraq with no other mission than to help its people build a better future, were taken from us, from their families, and from the people they were working to assist. We, whose work is so wrapped up in the tragedies of others, continue now to wrestle with one of our own.

05 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Israeli air strike on Syrian territory

The Secretary-General strongly deplores the Israeli air strike on Syrian territory earlier today. He is especially concerned that this further escalation of an already tense and difficult situation has the potential to broaden the scope of current conflicts in the Middle East, further threatening regional peace and security. The Secretary-General urges all concerned to respect the rules of international law and to exercise restraint.

04 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the bombing in Haifa

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific suicide bombing that killed at least 18 people in Haifa, Israel, today. His thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. The Secretary-General reiterates yet again his utter repugnance at all acts of terror, from whatever quarter. He calls on the Palestinian Authority to do everything in its power to halt these vicious attacks, which only harm the Palestinian cause.

The Secretary-General urges all parties to show utmost restraint during this extremely dangerous and difficult period.

03 October 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message for the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

I am pleased to send my warmest congratulations to the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the inauguration of it new Headquarters –the appropriately named “House of Parliaments”.

It is said that all politics is local –and, in a sense, that is true. But in this day and age, all politics is also global, and the work of parliamentary representatives must reflect this reality. Whether you are from the North or the South, the East or the West, your work at the local level both affects, and is affected by, developments at the global level –in ways that our forebears could not have imagined.

02 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Myanmar

Mr. Razali Ismail, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar, concluded his three-day visit to Myanmar on 2 October, after having separate discussions with Government leaders, including Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt, as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and representatives of ethnic nationality groups. He also called on Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).

Mr. Razali is pleased to confirm that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is well and in good spirits, recovering at her home from the recent surgery.