United Nations UN, Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all countries which have not forbidden the extreme practice of death penalty to urgently stop executions.
Guterres said at an event at the UN Headquarters in New York that the death penalty had done little to deter crimes.
He welcomed that some 170 countries have either abolished death penalty and put a moratorium on its use, most recently, Gambia and Madagascar.
Guterres added that executions in 2016 were down 37 per cent compared to that of 2015.
The UN Chief, however, added that at present just four countries accounted for 87 per cent of all recorded executions.
He also expressed concern that the countries that continued executions were also failing to meet their international obligations, particular in relation to transparency and compliance with international