Kofi Annan

08 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to the Special Commemorative Meeting of the General Assembly for the 60th Anniversary of UNICEF

In the 10 years I have served as Secretary-General, I have been privileged to meet UNICEF colleagues all around the world. I have seen them do great things for children, on all continents, against all odds. They have given a voice to those children who need it most. The have protected children, and helped them survive and develop.

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.

07 December 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Darfur and Chad

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the worsening security situation in Darfur and its consequences for the wider region, including Chad and the Central African Republic. He is alarmed by the devastating impact the violence is having on the civilian population in the region, and strongly condemns the recent attacks and destruction of dozens of villages in North Darfur. More than 80,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the last six weeks alone, 50,000 of them in Darfur and 30,000 in Chad.

07 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at CERF high-level conference

Thank you very much, Jan, Madame President, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Earlier this year we launched the Central Emergency Response Fund mandated by the World Summit. Today, I am proud to tell you of its first results.

In just eight short months, the upgraded CERF has delivered on its promise to help those most in need; from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Lebanon to Liberia, the Fund has committed $230 million to over 320 projects in 30 countries.

07 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message to the International Conference on Enhancing Security for Major Events [delivered by Mr. David Veness, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security]

It is a pleasure to send my greetings to all the participants in this conference.

This event, convened by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, offers an important opportunity to bring to the attention of the international community the issue of security at large-scale events, and the need to ensure effective implementation of the resolution on the subject adopted by the UN Economic and Social Council.

07 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter following luncheon with Security Council members [unofficial transcript]

SG: I just came out of my last lunch with the Security Council. I can assure you the atmosphere was nothing like the last supper. [laughter] There was lots of laughter, and some very serious discussions. I shared with them my concern about problem areas that are going to dominate their agenda, and encouraged them to keep an eye on them. I spoke to them about the broader Middle East. I spoke to them about Darfur, and our efforts to resolve Kosovo, which will come to a head early next year.

06 December 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Arms Trade Treaty

The Secretary-General welcomes today's adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution launching a process that could lead to a treaty regulating international trade in conventional weapons.

06 December 2006, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Secretary-General's message to ceremony marking inauguration of H.E. Mr. Joseph Kabila as President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo [delivered by Jean-Marie Guehenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations] (scroll down for French and

Je félicite très chaleureusement S. E. M. Joseph Kabila à l'occasion de son investiture en tant que Président de la République démocratique du Congo à l'issue des premières élections démocratiques tenues dans le pays en plus de 40 ans. Je félicite également le peuple congolais dont la participation pacifique, enthousiaste et déterminée a été essentielle au succès du processus électoral.

05 December 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General strongly deplores the seizure of power in the Republic of Fiji by the military leadership. The Secretary-General calls for the immediate reinstatement of the legitimate authority in Fiji and its return to constitutional rule through peaceful means and inclusive dialogue. The Secretary-General is fully supportive of the efforts by the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional and international actors towards that end and remains in close consultation with them to work together to resolve this crisis.

05 December 2006, The Hague, Netherlands

Secretary-General's message to the eleventh session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention [delivered by Mr. Tim Caughley, Director, Department of Disarmament Affairs]

It is a pleasure to send greetings to the eleventh session of the Conference of State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Since entering into force in 1997, the Convention has contributed to the steady destruction of declared chemical weapons stockpiles worldwide. 180 countries –home to 90 percent of the world's population –are now party to this agreement. Yet several key actors remain outside its framework. On the eve of the Convention's tenth anniversary, I once again urge all Governments that have not yet done so to ratify or accede to the treaty without delay.