New York, 16 December 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the meeting between the Secretary-General and Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor-elect of the International Criminal CourtThe Secretary-General met today with Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor-elect of the International Criminal Court. Serving with the ICC as Deputy Prosecutor since September 2004, Ms. Bensouda was elected Prosecutor as the consensus candidate on 12 December 2011. She will take over the ICC's Office of the Prosecutor upon the expiration of the mandate of the Court's first Prosecutor, Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo, in June 2012.
The Secretary-General warmly congratulated Ms. Bensouda on her election and wished her the best of success in her important new role. He underscored the vital significance of the Court as the indispensable centrepiece of our system of international criminal justice and our best hope of ending impunity for international crimes. The Secretary-General pledged to Ms. Bensouda the continued support and cooperation of the United Nations to assist the Court in fully achieving its great potential.
Statements on 16 December 2011
- New York, 16 December 2011 - Secretary-General's opening remarks to UN Global Compact Board
- New York, 16 December 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks at CERF High-Level Conference
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 December 2011 - Secretary-General's video message, aired today to launch event for World summit of Legislators (to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 15-17 June 2012)