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The thousands of documents in this five-volume set illuminate the complexity and texture of the workings of the United Nations as they trace the activities of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the conceptual evolution of his ideas. With the cooperation of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General in the release of previously classified material, the documents encompass internal notes, letters, speeches, transcripts of interviews and press conferences, formal statements and off-the-cuff comments to the press, op-ed pieces, reports to the Security Council and General Assembly, briefings by the spokesman for the S-G, and more. The chronological presentation tells the story of ideas, events, relationships, conflicts, and crises as they unfolded. The documents are divided into five volumes: 1997–1999, 2000–2001, 2002–2003, 2004–2005, and 2006. Each document is preceded by the editor's annotations, which provide context as well as keywords, and each volume is thoroughly indexed. In addition, Volume 5 includes an index of the entire five volumes.