Kofi Annan

02 October 2003, New York

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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about recent developments in Côte d'Ivoire, including the decision of the Forces Nouvelles to suspend their participation in the Government of National Reconciliation and in the programme of Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration (DDR), as well as the subsequent blockade of the main road linking Abidjan and Bouaké, which constitute a serious setback in the peace process.

02 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's statement on the situation in the Middle East

The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the Government of Israel's decisions to proceed with the construction of the separation wall deep in the West Bank and to build 600 new housing units in West Bank settlements. In keeping with the 26 September statement of the Quartet, he views both the security wall and settlements in the West Bank built on Palestinian land as serious obstacles to the achievement of a two-State solution.

02 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter following Security Council luncheon

Q: Was there any change in direction over lunch this morning, Mr. Secretary-General? You said it wasn't going in the direction you hoped it was going?

SG: No, there's no change in direction, but we did exchange some views on the text. I think that we are at preliminary stages yet.

Q: What direction would you like to see it going in? Would you like to still see a transfer of sovereignty in a few months and then a longer time to draft a constitution?

02 October 2003, New York

Press encounter upon arrival at Headquarters

Q: [inaudible] the newly revised draft resolution on Iraq. You have called for real clarity for the UN role. Does it give that kind of clarity, spelling out the kind of terms you hoped to see?

01 October 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the UN Mission in Liberia

As authorized by Security Council resolution 1509 (2003) of 19 September, today the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is taking over peacekeeping duties from the ECOWAS Mission established earlier in that country (ECOMIL). Some 3,500 West African troops who have been serving with ECOMIL vanguard force have been provisionally re-hatted as United Nations peacekeepers. They will be joined shortly by a battalion from Bangladesh, as UNMIL steadily increases its strength over the coming weeks.

01 October 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Older Persons

Over the next few decades, older persons will form an increasingly large and important presence in communities and societies everywhere. And yet, until recently, little attention had been paid to how we can best use the skills of older persons in development.

01 October 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the 109th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly [delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva]

It gives me great pleasure to extend my greetings to the parliamentarians from around the world who have gathered in Geneva for the 109th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly.

Three years ago, in the Millennium Declaration, world leaders committed themselves to address common threats collectively, to meet agreed development goals, and to advance human rights and democracy.

01 October 2003, Vienna, Austria

Secretary-General's message to the members of the ad hoc Committee on the Negotiation of the Convention against Corruption [delivered by Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime]

I am pleased to extend my best wishes and congratulations to the Ad Hoc Committee on the successful conclusion of the negotiation process leading to the United Nations Convention on Corruption. It is particularly heartening that you were able to complete this process in less than two years.

I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the late Ambassador Héctor Charry Samper for his leadership, dedication and expertise in chairing the Committee. He will be greatly missed.

29 September 2003, Moscow, Russian Federation

Secretary-General's message to the World Conference on Climate Change delivered by Mr. Klaus Topfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Scientists and others have been sounding the alarm about climate change for many years now. By the end of this century, as a result of ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, our planet may look very different: with many small islands gone, the Arctic Ocean free of ice for many months of the year, agricultural regions dramatically altered, and our ecological life-support systems under stress as never before. Developing countries are especially vulnerable. If this forecast comes true, our children and grandchildren will not understand how we allowed this to happen.

29 September 2003, Tokyo, Japan

Secretary-General's message to the Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development delivered by Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa

African development is one of the most important global challenges, and one of my highest priorities as Secretary-General of the United Nations. I therefore thank the Government of Japan for convening this third Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which continues Japan's remarkable record of solidarity and support for Africa and provides a forum for deepening Asian-African cooperation.