Thank you, Mr. President.
The United States would like to thank President Abraham for the comprehensive report to the General Assembly on the work of the International Court of Justice over the course of the past year.
The International Court of Justice plays an important role in adjudicating disputes among states, giving states who so consent a forum in which to settle their disputes peacefully in accordance with Article 33 of the UN Charter.
As the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice has, for over seven decades, played an important role in pursuit of the overarching goal, as set forth in the Charter, “to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained.”
As in years past, we see states increasingly turning to the Court and to other international judicial tribunals to resolve their disputes. The Court has, in turn, increased its efforts to become more responsive to states, including by taking steps to increase its efficiency and to refine its procedures and working methods to keep pace with the rapidly changing times. By providing a trusted channel for states to resolve some disputes up front, and helping to diffuse others before they escalate, the Court continues to fulfill its Chapter XIV mandate.
The United States would also like to commend the Court for continued public outreach to educate key sectors of society about the role of the Court and to promote a better understanding of public international law. These efforts demonstrate the Court’s enduring commitment to advancing the rule of law.
In conclusion, we are pleased to join so many others today in extending our thanks and commendation to President Abraham, his fellow members of the Court, and all of the staff of the Court for their professionalism and their dedication to promoting international justice.