The Hague, Netherlands, 9 May 2007 - Secretary-General's video message on the unveiling of a permanent memorial dedicated to victims of chemical weapons and the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons ConventionThe memorial you unveil today is a symbol of suffering and hope.
With it, we remember the unspeakable horror endured by victims of chemical weapons.
And we vow that their pain will never be forgotten by present and future generations.
We give effect to that pledge by unveiling this memorial on the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
As we do, we pledge to redouble our efforts to achieve universal membership of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and to free the world from chemical weapons.
I call on those States that have not yet ratified or acceded to the Convention to do so without delay. And I call on all possessor States to complete the destruction of their declared stockpiles according to the deadlines.
The United Nations will work steadfastly together with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the international community towards that end.
On this date, we also mark the time when World War Two came to an end in Europe 62 years ago. Let us draw on that spirit. Let us spare no effort in our endeavours to banish chemical weapons from the face of the earth.
Thank you very much.
Statements on 9 May 2007
- New York, 9 May 2007 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Darfur - recent bombings by the Government
- New York, 9 May 2007 - Secretary-General's remarks to the High-Level Segment of the 15th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
- Pretoria, South Africa, 9 May 2007 - Secretary-General's message to the UN African Meeting on the Question of Palestine [delivered by Mr. Tuliameni Kalomoh, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs]