Rule of law "at heart" of UN's work: Ban Ki-moonListen /
The rule of law is at the heart of the work of the United Nations, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Mr. Ban spoke as the Security Council began an open debate on Wednesday under the theme "The promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security."
He said strengthening of the rule of law is now an integral part of the mandates of peacekeeping operations and special political missions.
Eighteen missions around the world currently have the mandate to support rule of law, Mr. Ban said.
"The rule of law is at the heart of our work at the United Nations. It is intrinsically linked to peace and security. When public institutions fail to deliver justice or protect the people's rights, insecurity and conflict prevail. At the national level, reconciliation and enduring peace require strong rule of law through responsive and inclusive institutions." (25")
The Secretary-General said people must be able to trust that their institutions can resolve disputes promptly and fairly, and provide equitable access to basic services, including justice and security.
Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations.