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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]
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Audio Visual Resources
Author Title Date
UN and Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the UN
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30 Apr 2010
CICC Publications
Author Date and Title
CICC
24 Oct 2012
UN Security Council Debates Rule of Law & ICC
ICC Statements and Reports
Author Date and Title
ICC
17 Oct 2012
Remarks at United Nations Security Council Open Debate. Sang-Hyun Song, President of the ICC
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
Author Date and Title
CICC
07 Oct 2014
Recommendations for the 20th session UN Human Rights Council-Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
CICC
26 Sept 2014
ICC-related recommendations and responses at the 19th session of the Universal Periodic Review
CICC
03 Apr 2014
CICC Recommendations for the 19th session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (28 April - 9 May 2014)
WFM-IGP
28 Jan 2014
Letter to the President of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals and Security Council Reform
CICC
06 Jan 2014
CICC Recommendations for the 18th session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (27 January - 7 February 2014)
Peter Chapman, OSJI
07 Nov 2013
Function, not Form: Defining Targets for Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Fergal Gaynor
03 Nov 2013
Letter to the UN Security Council by Fergal Gaynor
CICC
04 Oct 2013
Letter to UNSC States Parties on UNSC Mission to the Great Lakes Region and the African Union
CICC
18 Sept 2013
CICC Letter on the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly
CICC
Sept 2013
ICC Recommendations for the 17th session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (21 October-1 November 2013)
CICC
19 June 2013
Letter to Governments on the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on 24 June 2013 on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH) and Instituto Mexicano de
05 June 2013
Acceso a la justicia en México: La constante impunidad en casos de violaciones a derechos humanos
Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH) and Instituto Mexicano de
05 June 2013
Access to Justice in Mexico: The incessant impunity on human rights violations
Jonathan Birchall, OSJI
30 May 2013
What the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Says about Justice
David Tolbert, ICTJ
10 Apr 2013
Can International Justice Foster Reconciliation?
Richard Dicker, HRW
09 Apr 2013
Denying Genocide Won't Promote Reconciliation
CICC
02 Apr 2013
ICC Recommendations for the 16th session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (22 April - 3 May 2013)
Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil Mexicana
Mar 2013
Informe conjunto presentado por organizaciones de la sociedad civil mexicana para la segunda ronda del Examen Periódico Universal a México
CICC
07 Jan 2013
ICC Recommendations at the 15th session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (21 January -1 February 2013)
AI
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
HRW
16 Oct 2012
UN Security Council: Address Inconsistency in ICC Referrals
CICC
05 Oct 2012
CICC Recommendations 14th session UN Human Rights Council-Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
ICTJ
15 Aug 2012
UN Must Act Decisively to Uphold the Rule of Law
CICC
16 July 2012
CICC Letter on EU pledges for UNGA
CICC
03 July 2012
Coalition for the International Criminal Court Letter on Pledges at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law
Deborah Ruiz Verduzco (PGA)
12 June 2012
The ICC at the UPR
CICC
11 May 2012
Letter to governments on S-5 Draft Resolution on not using the veto on ICC crimes
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
Human Rights Watch
01 Feb 2012
Letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Regarding Contact between UN Representative Gambari and Sudanese President al-Bashir
Security Council Report
27 Jan 2012
Security Council Report: Cross-Cutting Report on Women, Peace and Security
16 civil society organizations
21 Nov 2011
UN General Assembly Should Condemn the Violence in Syria
Amnesty International
07 Nov 2011
UN: States urged to act over enforced disappearances
CICC
17 Sept 2010
CICC letter to UNSG in advance of UN high-level meeting on the Sudan situation
CICC
17 Sept 2010
10th anniversary of UNSC Resolution 1325: CICC letter to UNSG in advance of implementation report
CCPI
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
CCPI
25 Aug 2010
Exemple de lettre aux Etats non parties à la CPI exhortant qu’ils ratifient le Statut de Rome et l’APIC à l’avance de la Cérémonie des traités des Nations Unies
CICC
24 Aug 2010
Sample letter to ICC States Parties urging ratification of APIC in advance of UN Treaty Event
CICC
04 Aug 2010
Sample letter to Non ICC States Parties in advance of Rome Statute & APIC UN Treaty Event
HRW
26 May 2010
United Nations: Do Not Meet With Officials Wanted for War Crimes
AI
20 May 2003
The unlawful attempt by the Security Council to give US citizens permanent impunity from international justice
AI
May 2003
International Criminal Court: Security Council must refuse to renew unlawful Resolution 1422
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
UN
13 Oct 1989
Statement from Trinidad and Tobago regarding the possibility of forming an international criminal court (pg. 80)