This is the first International Day of the Girl Child, and the Secretary-General will mark the occasion by speaking at a high-level panel on child marriage this afternoon. At that event, he will say that child marriage can disrupt girls’ education, increase their exposure to abuse, jeopardize their health and result in early and unwanted pregnancies – an often life-threatening risk.
He will also mention the shooting in Pakistan earlier this week of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai and two other schoolgirls. The Secretary-General is expected to say that with their cowardly attack, the terrorists showed what frightens them most: a girl with a book.
As you will have seen, we issued a statement on this yesterday.
BAKASSI PENINSULA STATEMENT
We also issued a statement last night on the 10th anniversary of the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria.
In that statement, the Secretary-General commended the commitment of the governments of both countries to honour the obligations of the ruling. He also congratulated the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission for the commendable efforts it has made in implementing that ruling.
By peacefully resolving their border dispute, Cameroon and Nigeria have provided a positive example for countries around the world facing similar challenges. The full statement is in my office and it’s online.