2 June 2014

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

Secretary-General Acknowledges ‘Instrumental’ Role of King Juan Carlos

In Spain’s Transition to Democracy, Contributions to United Nations

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General wishes to express his sincere gratitude to His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain for his personal engagement and valuable contributions to the work of the United Nations, including in the context of the Alliance of Civilizations and the global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The Secretary-General pays tribute to the outstanding public service that His Majesty has rendered over the past 39 years, recalling, among other achievements, his instrumental role in Spain’s transition to democracy.

The Secretary-General looks forward to continuing his cooperation and that of the United Nations with His Royal Highness Prince Felipe and wishes him every success in fulfilling his important duties.

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