Ban hails Costa Rica for its commitment to peace and securityListen /
Costa Rica has played an important global role in promoting disarmament and in the adoption of a landmark Arms Trade Treaty.
The Secretary-General made the remarks to the press in San José on Wednesday after addressing the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
The Central American country has agreed to host the meeting of the States Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions next September.
Mr Ban Ki-moon said it was an example of Costa Rica's commitment to international peace and security.
“I applaud Costa Rica's leadership in fostering peace, sustainable development and social inclusion. For decades, Costa Rica has led the world in avoiding wasteful military spending. This country boldly invested instead in universal health and education. The result is less inequality and greater social peace.”
The Secretary-General also encouraged the authorities to build on their "impressive success ensuring equal participation in decision-making" to do more to end violence against women.
He also seized the moment to strongly condemn the deadly bombing of a UN school and the "unconscionable attack" on a market.
Mr Ban warned that both attacks were serious violations of international law and called for the perpetrators to be held accountable.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.