New York

8 April 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the death of The Right Honourable the Baroness Thatcher

The Secretary-General is saddened to learn of the passing of H.E. Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

The Secretary-General recognizes Baroness Thatcher’s pioneering stature as the first female Prime Minister of her country. Baroness Thatcher will be remembered as a towering figure and as a strong and committed leader in British political life as well as on the international stage.

The Secretary-General also pays tribute to her contribution to addressing climate change, having been one of the first world leaders to issue a warning about its effects by calling for action at the UN General Assembly already in 1989.

The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of Baroness Thatcher, the Government and the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.