As United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and later Chair of his Foundation, Kofi Annan was called upon to deliver many speeches at major events around the world.
We have selected twenty of Kofi Annan’s speeches for this page, which taken together provide a broad understanding of his views on peace, development and human rights. Many of his recommendations for action are as valid and important today as they were when he spoke these words.
The UN Library & Archives in Geneva has published a series of videos to remember Kofi Annan, his legacy, what has been accomplished since 2001 – when he and the United Nations were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – and what still needs to be achieved.
This speech was made by Kofi Annan at the 2017 Athens Democracy Forum.
Athens, September 14, 2017
The speech by Kofi Annan at the 2017 Junior Chamber International (JCI).
Amsterdam, November 8, 2017
Kofi Annan’s speech on the relationship between religion, pluralism, and democracy.
Bali, December 07, 2016
Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture on Conflict Prevention,
New York, October 24, 2014
Remarks at opening of the Centre on Food Security and the Environment,
Stanford, November 11, 2011
Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman Conference,
Stockholm, June 9, 2009
Speech to the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs,
Oslo, July 14, 2009
Gabriel Silver Memorial Lecture,
Columbia University, September 23, 2009
Remarks at the Obafemi Awolowo Centenary Celebrations,
Lagos, July 14, 2009
Address on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions,
Geneva, November 9, 2009
Address to both Houses of Parliament to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade,
London, May 8, 2007
10 years after – A farewell statement to the General Assembly,
New York, September 19, 2006
Lecture at Princeton University,
New York, November 28, 2006
Address to the 2005 World Summit,
New York, September 14, 2005
Address by Kofi Annan to the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases,
Abuja, April 26, 2001
Address to the World Education Forum,
Dakar, April 26, 2000
Address to World Economic Forum,
Davos, January 31, 1999
35th Annual Ditchley Foundation Lecture,
Ditchley Park, June 26, 1998
Remarks at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library,
Boston, June 06, 1997