Following are UN Secretary-General Kofi
Annan's remarks at the launch of Humanitarian Appeal 2006 at Headquarters,
I speak to you today on behalf of 31
million victims of calamity in 26 countries. They desperately need
your help. I am here to seek it.
Through this Appeal, we ask for $4.7
billion on behalf of people who are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
They are the survivors of conflicts, natural disasters and often,
terrible combinations of the two.
They are women and children threatened