Kofi Annan

25 September 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks upon receiving Malaysia's gift to the United Nations

Mr. Prime Minister, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted and honoured to accept, on behalf of the United Nations, this beautiful gift from the Government and the people of Malaysia.

24 September 2003, New York

Secretary-General's statement to the High-Level Ad Hoc Meeting on Afghanistan

President Karzai,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Representatives,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this Ad-Hoc meeting.

24 September 2003, New York

Statement by the Secretary-General on the Joint Declaration on UN-EU Cooperation in Crisis Management

This afternoon, the Secretary-General signed with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a Joint Declaration on UN-EU cooperation in crisis management. He is delighted to do so, and hopes that this step will lead to even closer cooperation between the two organisations in both military and civilian areas of crisis management.

24 September 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the Ministerial Meeting of the Security Council on Justice and the Rule of Law: The United Nations Role

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

This Council has a heavy responsibility to promote justice and the rule of law in its efforts to maintain international peace and security. This applies both internationally and in rebuilding shattered societies.

It is the latter that I wish to speak about today. The United Nations, through many complex operations, has learned that the rule of law is not a luxury, and that justice is not a side issue.

23 September 2003, General Assembly

Adoption of Policy of Pre-emption Could Result in Proliferation of Uniliteral, Lawless Use of Force, Kofi Annan tells General Assembly

Following is the address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the General Assembly:

The last 12 months have been very painful for those of us who believe in collective answers to our common problems and challenges.

In many countries, terrorism has once again brought death and suffering to innocent people.

In the Middle East, and in certain parts of Africa, violence has continued to escalate.

In the Korean peninsula, and elsewhere, the threat of nuclear proliferation casts an ominous shadow across the landscape.

23 September 2003, New York

Secretary-General's address to the General Assembly

Thank you Mr. President, Your Majesty, Distinguished Heads of State and Government. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

The last twelve months have been very painful for those of us who believe in collective answers to our common problems and challenges.

In many countries, terrorism has once again brought death and suffering to innocent people.

In the Middle East, and in certain parts of Africa, violence has continued to escalate.

In the Korean peninsula, and elsewhere, the threat of nuclear proliferation casts an ominous shadow across the landscape.

22 September 2003, New York

Secretary-General's summary of proceedings of the High-Level Interactive Panel on HIV/AIDS

Thank you, Mr. President.

In accordance with General Assembly resolution S-26/2 of 2001, a high-level interactive panel on HIV/AIDS was held this afternoon.

The panel was attended by 10 Heads of State and Government, a large number of ministers, six heads of UN agencies and more than 20 representatives of civil society.

The high-level panel focused on three critical areas that must be addressed with courage and determination if we are to meet the Millennium Development Goal of beginning to reverse the spread of AIDS by 2015.

These include:

22 September 2003, New York, 22 September 2003

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

Mr. Razali Ismail, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar, will visit Myanmar from 30 September to 2 October 2003. It will be his 11th mission.

The Secretary-General, who is following closely developments in Myanmar, expects Mr. Razali to discuss with Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt and other Government leaders ways in which to revive the national reconciliation process, which came to a standstill after the incident of 30 May.

22 September 2003, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on bombing in Baghdad (revised)

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms today's suicide bombing in the car park of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. He is deeply saddened by the death and destruction caused by the attack which reportedly killed one Iraqi policeman and wounded many others, including Iraqi national staff of the United Nations.

The Secretary-General commends the Iraqi police, whose prompt action averted another major disaster. He conveys his heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim and hopes that the injured will make a full recovery.

22 September 2003, New York

Secretary-General's address to the plenary session of the General Assembly on the follow-up to the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS

Thank you, Mr. President. Excellencies,

Two years ago, the world's nations agreed that defeating HIV/AIDS would require commitment, resources and action.

Today, we have the commitment. Our resources are increasing. But the action is still far short of what is needed.

At the General Assembly's Special Session on HIV/AIDS in 2001, Member States adopted the Declaration of Commitment, which contained a number of specific, time-bound targets for fighting the epidemic.