Statement of the President of the UN General Assembly on the official signing ceremony of the Final Peace Agreement in Colombia
“I am honoured to have been invited by the Government of Colombia, in my capacity as President of the General Assembly, to attend the official signing ceremony of the Final Peace Agreement that took place today, 26 September 2016, in Cartagena de Indias.
I welcome this historic opportunity, which brings an end to more than 50 years of armed conflict and opens a new chapter of peace in Colombia and Latin America. I wish to congratulate all involved and pledge my continued support to the Colombian peace process.
The 2030 Agenda clearly states that there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. I therefore look forward to the full implementation of the agreements and to continue our strong engagement and support so the remarkable progress achieved may be reconfirmed in the coming months and years. Colombia and this process are an example and a beacon of hope to the international community”