Annan Gives Farewell Speech
Annan opened up the microphone to audience members with questions. An Asian news channel even showed up for the event.
There were also protesters present outside. All of the protesters, while on the same side of the police tape, were on different sides of the issue of Iraq. Annan said that countries who are most influential in Iraq's future should be heard and that the United States is not the only one to gain from "getting it right."
Annan has been the UN Secretary General since 1997. His term officially expires at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by South Korea's former foreign minister, Ban Ki-Moon.
Kofi Annan served as Secretary General for nearly ten years. The UN General Assembly confirmed him on Dec. 17, 1996. He replaced Boutros-Boutros Ghali.
Annan is a native of Ghana. He was the first UN Secretary General from a black African nation. In 2001 Annan and the UN were joint Nobel Peace Prize winners. Annan called fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic his "personal priority." A global AIDS and health fund he proposed in 2001 has since received some $1.5 billion in pledges and contributions.