Kofi Annan

29 November 2006, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

A peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains heart-rendingly elusive. Successive opportunities to move the peace process forward have not borne fruit.

In the past few days, with the announcement of a cease-fire in Gaza, we have had a glimmer of hope that the latest round of hostilities might give way to a period of calm. I call on both sides to adhere to this commitment, and to avoid any actions that could jeopardize further progress. I also encourage them to extend the ceasefire to the West Bank.

29 November 2006,

How the world can conquer AIDS

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 ages 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.

28 November 2006, Princeton University

Role of disarmament, non-proliferation examined in Princeton lecture

Let me begin by saying how delighted I am to have been invited to give this address by a School named after Woodrow Wilson, the great pioneer of multilateralism and advocate of world peace, who argued, among other things, for agreed international limits on deadly weapons.

28 November 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Republic of Fiji Islands

The Secretary-General is alarmed by the continued possibility of a military coup d'état against the legitimate government of the Republic of Fiji Islands. He encourages the parties to continue their search for a peaceful reconciliation of their differences within the constitutional framework.

28 November 2006, Princeton, New Jersey

Secretary-General's lecture at Princeton University

Let me begin by saying how delighted I am to have been invited to give this address by a School named after Woodrow Wilson, the great pioneer of multilateralism and advocate of world peace, who argued, among other things, for agreed international limits on deadly weapons.

28 November 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (scroll down for the French)

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Supreme Court of Justice, on 27 November, of the formal results of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He congratulates President Joseph Kabila on his election and salutes the Congolese people, whose determination enabled the first democratic elections to be held in the country in more than 40 years.

28 November 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Tonga

The Secretary-General is alarmed by the recent violence in the Kingdom of Tonga. He urges the parties to persevere with inclusive national consultations to support the democratic reform process, and to overcome their disagreements through dialogue.

The Secretary-General stands ready to support national and regional efforts aimed at facilitating a broad political consensus.

28 November 2006, Yanuca Island, Fiji

Secretary-General's message to the Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonization [delivered by Ms. Karina Gerlach, chief, Decolonization Unit, Department of Political Affairs]

It gives me pleasure to send my greetings to all the participants in this United Nations Regional Seminar on decolonization. I thank the Government of Fiji for generously agreeing to host this event, and for doing so on short notice, thereby ensuring that a seminar in the Pacific would indeed take place this year. I also thank Fiji for its continuing support for the United Nations.

28 November 2006, Moscow, Russian Federation

Secretary-General's message to the Global Forum for Anti-Terrorism Partnership between Government and Business [delivered by Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime]

I send my greetings to all participants in the Global Forum for Anti-Terrorism Partnership between Government and Business. I commend this timely and important initiative of the Russian Federation, which brings together both public authorities and private enterprises in an effort to counter the global menace of terrorism.