New York

02 June 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the abdication of His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain

The Secretary-General wishes to express his sincere gratitude to His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain for his personal engagement and valuable contributions to the work of the United Nations, including in the context of the Alliance of Civilizations and the global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The Secretary-General pays tribute to the outstanding public service that His Majesty has rendered over the past thirty nine years, recalling, among other achievements, his instrumental role in Spain’s transition to democracy.

The Secretary-General looks forward to continuing his cooperation and that of the United Nations with His Royal Highness Prince Felipe and wishes him every success in fulfilling his important duties.