Luxembourg intervenes at the High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law
On 24 September 2012, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, addressed the High-level meeting of the General Assembly devoted to "the rule of law at national and international levels". In his speech, the Minister defined the rule of law as a principle of governance in which all persons and institutions, including the State itself, are accountable to laws which are consistent with human rights. Affirming that the fate of nations is now more intrinsically linked than it has ever been in the history of mankind; the Minister echoed the words of the Secretary-General in recalling that when faced with this reality "robust principles are needed to underpin the management of our future.”
Minister Asselborn stressed that due to of its cross-cutting nature, the rule of law is at the very heart of this approach as well as of the United Nations project and its pillars. "How can you consider achieving peace and security, human rights, or development without the principle of the rule of law?” the Minister thus asked.
The Minister recalled also some of the pledges made by Luxembourg, which include the ratification of the amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adopted at the Kampala Review Conference, the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Third Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the continued support to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.
As part of the United Nations Treaty Event held in conjunction with the high-level meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs proceeded to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, signed in Palermo on 12 December 2000, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime of 15 November 2000, and signed the Convention on Food Assistance Convention, adopted in London on 25 April 2012.