Statement by H. E. Margus Kolga at the Informal plenary meeting on an outcome document of the high-level meeting on the Rule of Law
At the outset let me thank Ambassadors of Denmark and Mexico for co-facilitating these negotiations and assure our full support to you.
Herby Estonia also aligns itself with the statement made by the EU.
We thank the Secretary General for making the Rule of Law central to his vision for the next five years. It is well illustrated by his comprehensive, concise and forward-looking report of March 16, 2012. It is also clear that Rule of Law has a link with vast number of major issues of today’s UN Agenda and has a potential to create the bridge between them.
We would especially like to thank the Secretary General for placing great importance in his proposed plan of action on the age of accountability. Accountability builds an important nexus between the national and international levels of the Rule of Law. The importance of this particular nexus is growing in the global era of inter-connectedness where commission of certain crimes form a legitimate concern for the international community as a whole.
In this context we would like to highlight the importance of the International Criminal Court. ICC is a well-functioning and firmly placed international judicial body. It serves as an important cornerstone of our fight against impunity. The Court´s ability to deliver depends however on the ability and willingness of States Parties and other States to offer their cooperation. The Secretary General rightly says: „Member States should not take measures that prevent accountability“ and „should discharge their obligation to fully cooperate with the ICC“. Estonia endorses the call in the Report that those not parties to the Rome Statute should consider ratifying it and that under certain circumstances it is necessary that the Security Council consider referring a situation to the ICC.
Another essential aspect in the fight against impunity is that of a national capacity-building in the field of justice sector. The ability to investigate and prosecute international crimes must become an integral part of the activities of all relevant stakeholders in the justice and development sectors. We welcome the reference in the Report that specific efforts shall be made to assure investigations and prosecutions of sexual and gender based crimes and crimes against children.
Estonia strongly supports an action-oriented outcome of the high-level meeting and would like to thank the Secretary General for his proposals in this regard. Establishing Rule of Law goals that are harmonized with other existing processes can be useful step towards combating major challenges to human development. We also support the idea of bringing together various stakeholders from the Rule of Law field to discuss common policies. Estonia would welcome periodic discussions on the rule of law in plenary meetings at the UN as they would be well fitted considering the multidisciplinary nature of the issue. To conclude with, Estonia endorses the idea of swift and comprehensive follow-up to the commitments made at the high-level meeting.
I thank you.