Need for shared sense of responsibility stressed at African Union Summit

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Jul 21, 2012 | Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan.

Speech by
Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan,
Banjul (Gambia)

01 July 2006
Prime Ministers,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me first thank our hosts, President Yahyah Jammeh and the people of Gambia, for their warm welcome and kind hospitality. Equally, let me say a special word of gratitude to the Chairperson of the Union, President Denis Sassou Nguesso, and the Chairperson of the Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, for their dynamic and visionary leadership during such a crucial and challenging year in the life of this Union. Let me also thank President Jammeh and Professor Konare for their kind words about my modest contribution to our collective project.
Today, I would like to focus not on the past year, but on the past decade in the life of this Continent and on the road ahead. Needless to say, I do so because this is my last address to you in my 10 years as Secretary-General of the United Nations.'

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