18 December 2007

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General welcomes Assembly’s adoption of death penalty moratorium call


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the General Assembly resolution calling for a death penalty moratorium:

I welcome the adoption today by the General Assembly of a call on all States to establish a moratorium on the application of the death penalty.  Today’s vote represents a bold step by the international community.  I am particularly encouraged by the support expressed for this initiative from many diverse regions of the world.  This is further evidence of a trend towards ultimately abolishing the death penalty.

* *** *

For information media • not an official record