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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Readout of the Secretary-General's meetings in Bern and Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland, 17 October 2011

On the second day of his visit to Switzerland, the Secretary-General held a number of meetings in Bern and Geneva.

He met in the morning in Bern with H.E. Ms. Calmy-Rey, President of the Swiss Confederation and other members of the Swiss government. On that occasion, they had an in-depth exchange on sustainable development and climate change, global health issues, including follow-up to the September Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases, and conflict prevention and mediation efforts. Regional issues, including the situation in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in the South Caucasus, were also discussed. The Secretary-General thanked the President for Switzerland's important contributions to the work of the United Nations in all these fields and as host country to many UN entities. He expressed particular appreciation for Switzerland's support for the Strategic Heritage Plan and the renovation of the Palais des Nations.

In Geneva, the Secretary-General met with Lord Michael Bates, Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Secretary-General and Lord Bates discussed the Olympic Truce Resolution and the power of sports to unite people and promote peace.

Later, the Secretary-General met with representatives of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue at their headquarters. They discussed the UN's role in preventive diplomacy and the work of the Centre in promoting dialogue and mediating conflicts in various countries around the world.

Readouts on 17 October 2011