“Today” show host Katie Couric talked with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the world’s highest ranking diplomat, in General Assembly Hall.

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Kofi Annan: “Let me say, the U.N., like all organizations has some problems. Difficulties that we need to work out. But when you look at the U.N. as a whole, it is an organization of immense importance to every member state in the world.

And recently, you’ve seen situations where the U.N. has had to step in and help work with the international community to get things done. I think the most the vivid example is in the question of the tsunami. The U.N. had to lead the humanitarian response. We responded quickly. We organized elections in Iraq, in Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories. These are things only the U.N. can do.” Full Story

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