11 March 2014

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

Secretary-General, Welcoming Inauguration of State-of-the-Art Courtroom


in Geneva, Calls for Upholding Justice within System, Worldwide Alike


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as delivered by Michael Möller, Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, on the inauguration of a new courtroom there today:

I am pleased to send my congratulations on the inauguration of the new courtroom at the United Nations Office at Geneva.  I commend the Office of Administration of Justice and the United Nations Office at Geneva for their close cooperation in providing this courtroom with state-of-the-art facilities.

The inauguration of this courtroom is timely as we approach the fifth anniversary of the new system of administration of justice on 1 July.  As part of our ongoing commitment to internal justice, a permanent courtroom was established at Nairobi last year, and a permanent courtroom in New York is nearing completion.

The United Nations promotes the rule of law around the world.  As such, we must always uphold justice in our own realm.  This demands more than good facilities.  It requires unbending integrity and commitment.  I count on those who will work here to make full use of this courtroom to guarantee that all staff who come here receive the justice to which they are entitled.  In that spirit, I offer my best wishes for the great success of this new courtroom.

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