Kofi Annan

11 December 2006, Independence, Missouri

Secretary-General's address at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library followed by Questions and Answers

Thank you very much, Senator [Hagel] for that wonderful introduction. It is an honor to be introduced by such a distinguished legislator for whom I have always had a great deal of respect. And thanks to you, Mr. Devine, and all your staff, and to the wonderful UNA chapter of Kansas City, for all you have done to make this occasion possible.

11 December 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General is encouraged by the orderly conduct of the 11 December 2006 local elections in Indonesia's Aceh province. This historic balloting marks the first such electoral exercise pursuant to the peace agreement signed in Helsinki last year between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect the results of these elections in order to help consolidate the peace process, which aims to build a secure and prosperous Aceh within a united and democratic Indonesia.

11 December 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General welcomes the announced resumption on 18 December 2006 of the six-party talks aimed at achieving a non-nuclear Korean peninsula.

He hopes that the participants in the talks will use this opportunity to make meaningful progress towards implementing their Joint Statement of 19 September 2005. The United Nations Secretariat will remain steadfast in its support for this multilateral diplomatic approach.

11 December 2006, Amman, Jordan

Secretary-General's message to UNRWA's hosts and donors meeting [delivered by Kevin Kennedy, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process]

It is a great pleasure to send my greetings to this second annual meeting of UNRWA's host authorities and donor governments. The high level of participation in this session, and more generally the revitalization of the Agency's Advisory Commission, are welcome signs that the bonds between UNRWA and its key stakeholders continue to grow stronger.

11 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

Secretary-General's message to the 37th meeting of representatives of internal audit services of United Nations organizations and mulitlateral financial institutions (RIAS) [delivered by Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN Office at Nairobi and UN-Habi

The reform of UN management –both its structures and its practices –has been among my main priorities as Secretary-General. While far more needs to be done, we have made some reasonable headway over the past decade.

11 December 2006,

What I have Learned

Nearly 50 years ago, when I arrived in Minnesota as a student fresh from Africa , I had much to learn – starting with the fact that there is nothing wimpish about wearing earmuffs when the temperature is 15 below. All my life since has been a learning experience. Now I want to pass on five lessons I have learnt during ten years as UN Secretary-General - lessons which I believe the community of nations needs to learn, as it confronts the challenges of the 21st century.

11 December 2006, Independence, Missouri

Q & A following the Secretary-General's address at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library

(unofficial transcript)

Moderator: Thank you so much, Secretary-General.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to open this up now to some of your questions that you have specifically for the Secretary-General. If you don't mind I'd like to take the liberty to ask you the first question.

08 December 2006, Time Warner Center

Urging end to impunity, Annan sets forth ideas to bolster UN efforts to protect human rights

My dear friends,

Thank you all for being here. I could not ask for better company, on the last International Human Rights Day of my time in office, than this group of courageous human rights leaders from around the world.

08 December 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of Jeane Kirkpatrick

The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of Jeane Kirkpatrick. Always ardent and often provocative, her commitment to an effective United Nations was clear during her tenure as Permanent Representative, and in her later career. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to Ms. Kirkpatrick's family and all others touched by this loss.

08 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's Address to mark International Human Rights Day (followed by Q&A)

My dear friends,

Thank you all for being here. I could not ask for better company, on the last International Human Rights Day of my time in office, than this group of courageous human rights leaders from around the world.