This was the powerful message of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the 23rd ICCA Congress in Mauritius earlier this month.
According to Ban Ki-Moon, international arbitration has been a fundamental pillar in the United Nation’s work, going back to the organization’s predecessor the League of Nations.
He emphasized the importance of international arbitration for peaceful resolution of disputes – for both states and private parties – and welcomed the deepening partnership with the business community to meet global challenges of the future.
“The United Nations is proud to have contributed to the development of international arbitration” the Secretary General said, commending in particular the work by UNCITRAL to “create a favourable environment for resolving disputes.” He especially emphasized UNCITRAL’s work with new rules for transparency and pointed out that increased transparency is extra important in disputes between investors and states, where public interests may be involved.
The full speech is available here. Other speakers included Nobel laureate Mohammaed ElBaradei.