Kofi Annan

05 December 2006, Brussels, Belgium

Secretary-General's message to the 14th OSCE Ministerial Council [delivered by Mr. Antonio Vigilante, Director, UN Office in Brussels]

Today's United Nations works closely with regional organizations, in Europe and beyond. However, it is our longstanding engagement with the OSCE that consistently sets the standard for such partnerships, particularly in the security, economic and humanitarian realms.

05 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General and Mrs. Nane Annan at the International Women's Forum (unofficial transcript)

The Secretary-General was introduced by his wife, Mrs. Nane Annan:

Dear friends,

How exciting and what a challenge to introduce my husband to you: a man who has been in the public eye for so long; a man who is exactly what he appears to be, both inside and outside the home: calm, wise, compassionate.

04 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to high-level conference on eliminating sexual exploitation and abuse by UN and NGO personnel

Thank you very much, Kathleen,

My dear friends,

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to this conference.

04 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter

Q: John Bolton has resigned. Your thoughts on his term here; relationship with you; I know at times it was stormy.

SG: I think Ambassador Bolton did the job he was expected to do. He came at a time when we had lots of tough issues. As a representative of the US government he pressed ahead with the instructions that he had been given, and tried to work as effectively as he could with the other ambassadors.

Q: Did he do enough for the organization, or was he trying to chop down its effectiveness, do you feel, at times?

01 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on the occasion of World AIDS Day

In the 25 years since the first case was reported, AIDS has changed the world. It has killed 25 million people, and infected 40 million more. It has become the world's leading cause of death among both women and men aged 15 to 59. It has inflicted the single greatest reversal in the history of human development. In other words, it has become the greatest challenge of our generation.

For far too long, the world was in denial. But over the past 10 years, attitudes have changed. The world has started to take the fight against AIDS as seriously as it deserves.

30 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message for World Aids Day, delivered at St. Bartholemew's Church

Thank you, Reverend Bean.

Dear friends,

My wife Nane and I are extremely moved to be here with all of you. I am so happy my colleage Peter Piot came here from Geneva to be with us. Let me thank all the organizers, and all of you who have come tonight to show your commitment to the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

30 November 2006, Abuja, Nigeria

Secretary-General's message to summit meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council [delivered by Mr. Jean-Marie Guehenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations]

My dear friends,

Few crises have demanded the attention and energy of the United Nations more than the one that continues to unfold in Darfur. While progress has been made in efforts to alleviate the suffering and resolve the political situation, far more remains to be done if this brutal and tragic conflict is to be brought to an end.

30 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at launch of Humanitarian Appeal 2007

Thank you very much, Jan [Egeland]


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me start by thanking HRH [Princess Haya of Jordan] and Dr. [Denis] Mukwege [Director of the Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo] for joining us this morning for the launch.

29 November 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on fighting in Malakal, Sudan

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the reports of heavy fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army on 28 November in the town of Malakal in Upper Nile State, Southern Sudan. These hostilities constitute a serious violation of the security arrangements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

29 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

Mr. Chairman,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to join the Committee in observing this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

I know I speak for all of us in expressing profound dismay that a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains so elusive.