3 January 2013

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Secretary-General, Marking Hague Peace Palace’s 100th Anniversary, Hails City’s


Strong Commitment to Work of International Judicial Bodies

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message for the 100th anniversary of the Hague Peace Palace, first aired on 1 January:

I am pleased to convey my congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace — the home of the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

The Hague is recognized globally as the home of international justice and accountability.  The United Nations greatly appreciates the hospitality offered by the Government of the Netherlands and the City of The Hague to the many courts and tribunals established by or with the assistance of the United Nations.

These bodies, and the many other organizations working in The Hague, play a central role in the peaceful resolution of international disputes.  They are integral to realizing the promise of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  I commend The Hague’s strong commitment to their work.

As we mark the centennial of the Peace Palace, let us pledge to work even harder to build a future where all members of the human family can enjoy their inalienable rights to freedom, justice and peace.

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