ICC - President of the Assembly meets with UN actors

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In the framework of deepening cooperation between the United Nations (“the UN”) and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (“the Assembly”), the President of the Assembly, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann (Estonia) met with H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as well as with Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN).

At their meeting on 10 April, President Nasser and President Intelmann discussed the interaction between the International Criminal Court (“the Court”) and the various organs of the UN, touching, among other issues, on the question of the modalities of financing situations referred to the Court by the UN Security Council. The importance of strengthening cooperation between the Assembly and the Court on the one hand and regional organizations and non-States Parties on the other was also discussed.

On 3 April, Ms. Clark and President Intelmann spoke about the importance of integrating the issue of positive complementarity into UN development activities, and actions that UNDP was currently undertaking in this regard. Complementarity refers to assistance to States in strengthening their own judicial capacities so as to be able to try crimes under the Rome Statute, i.e. genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, domestically. The issue of reparations to the victims of persons convicted by the Court was also touched upon.

In their 9 April discussions, Ms. Bachelet and President Intelmann focused on gender-based crimes in the context of the Rome Statute. They also discussed the importance of reparations for victims of mass crimes, especially as it pertains to the work of the Court’s Trust Fund for Victims.

During her term of office, Ambassador Intelmann hopes to be able to strengthen the role of the Assembly in complementarity efforts, and to that end, plans further meetings with development actors in order to improve coordination.

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