New York

16 June 2017

Note to Correspondents: Statement of the Special Committee on Decolonization on the demise of H. E. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann

The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries wishes to convey its most heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Nicaragua, as well as the family of His Excellency Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann after his passing on 8 June 2017.
Father D’Escoto Brockman, who presided the United Nations General Assembly during its Sixty-Third Session between 2008 and 2009, was a staunch supporter of dialogue, diplomacy, and multilateralism as instruments to achieve peace. He earned international recognition for his active political commitment in favor of the “preferential option for the poor” based on his Christian beliefs as a Catholic priest. 
In addition to his clerical career, he was an outstanding politician and diplomat who had a major role as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua in the Contadora and Esquipulas peace processes in Central America, during a time where his country and the region experienced tough conflicts. He was also an adamant advocate in defense of his country’s self-determination. 
His legacy in favor of peace, dialogue, and coexistence, along with his permanent search for effective solutions to real issues, will be cherished and remembered by the United Nations for being an example worth following.