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UN and the ICC
UN and the ICC
The UN World Summit opened in the General Assembly Hall on 14 September 2005. The UN has played a key role in the establishment of the ICC and effective cooperation between the UN and the ICC remains essential. Credit: UN / Paulo Filgueiras.
While the International Criminal Court (ICC) is an independent judicial institution, the United Nations has played a key role in the establishment of the Court. Indeed, the idea of an international criminal court was presented for consideration by Trinidad and Tobago at the 44th session of the General Assembly in 1989. Less than two decades later, the Court is now a functioning judicial institution.

The Rome Statute recognizes specific roles for the United Nations and the Security Council. In addition, both the General Assembly and the Security Council regularly discuss issues and themes relevant to the mandate and activities of the Court.

Effective cooperation with the United Nations is particularly important to the Court. The Relationship Agreement, concluded on 4 October 2004 by the President of the Court and the Secretary-General of the United Nations on behalf of their respective institutions, affirms the independence of the Court while establishing a framework for cooperation.

This section covers the many aspects of the UN – ICC relationship:

General Assembly includes information, organized by yearly session, about issues and themes of relevance to the ICC discussed within the framework of the General Assembly. It includes General Assembly resolutions, government statements and NGO reports, papers and statements.

Security Council includes information, organized by resolution or issue, about discussions of relevance to the ICC taking place within the framework of the Security Council.

UN Secretariat and Other Bodies includes information about reports produced by or statements made by UN secretariat officials of relevance to the ICC as well as by other bodies of the United Nations.

For more information on the UN and the ICC, please contact Toby Hanson at [email protected]
Audio Visual Resources
Author Title Date
UN and Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the UN

30 Apr 2010
CICC Publications
Author Date and Title
24 Oct 2012
UN Security Council Debates Rule of Law & ICC
ICC Statements and Reports
Author Date and Title
17 Oct 2012
Remarks at United Nations Security Council Open Debate. Sang-Hyun Song, President of the ICC
17 Oct 2012
Open Debate of the United Nations Security Council. Address on behalf of the Prosecutor-Phakiso Mochochoko
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Authorascending Date and Title
16 civil society organizations
21 Nov 2011
UN General Assembly Should Condemn the Violence in Syria
May 2003
International Criminal Court: Security Council must refuse to renew unlawful Resolution 1422
20 May 2003
The unlawful attempt by the Security Council to give US citizens permanent impunity from international justice
16 Oct 2012
Statement and recommendations on the Open Debate of the Security Council on Peace and Justice with a Special Focus on the Role of the ICC
American Branch of the International Law Association, ICC Committee
13 Mar 2012
Letter to members of the UN Security Council Re: Security Council Referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court
Amnesty International
07 Nov 2011
UN: States urged to act over enforced disappearances
26 Aug 2010
Exemple de lettre aux Etats parties à la CPI exhortant qu’ils ratifient l’APIC à l’avance de la Cérémonie des traités des Nations Unies
Quotes and Statements
Author Date and Title
Kofi Annan and Gro Harlem Brundtland
06 Feb 2015
Four Ideas for a Stronger U.N.
UN Reports, Resolutions, and Statements
Author Date and Title
UN Security Council
14 Nov 2011
Security Council demands immediate halt to all attacks by Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa, especially on civilians, insisting on disarming combatants
United Nations Secretary General
12 Oct 2011
The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies: Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
17 July 2011
Statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on International Criminal Justice Day
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
30 Apr 2010
Secretary-General's remarks at panel discussion on the International Criminal Court
13 Oct 1989
Statement from Trinidad and Tobago regarding the possibility of forming an international criminal court (pg. 80)