PRESS RELEASE: UN General Assembly President’s travel to Geneva

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 28 February 2016 – The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft traveled to Geneva today. Among the topics on the agenda are the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Agreement, efforts to enhance the role and effectiveness of the United Nations in matters of peace and security, the global refugee crisis and human rights.

On Monday, 29 February, he will meet with Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim, President of the Human Rights Council, with Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, with the President of Togo, with Peter Maurer, President of ICRC, with former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and with Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

As part of his visit to Geneva he will address the opening of the 31st session of the Human Right Council as well as the High Level Panel on Human Rights Mainstreaming and open the art exhibition by Qatar on “Human Rights in the Culture of Islam”.

On Tuesday, 1 March, Mr. Lykketoft has meetings with Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative on Human Rights, with Mr. Stéphane Dion, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, with H.E. Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Foreign Minister of Algeria, with Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Mr. Lykketoft will be accompanied on the trip to Geneva by Chef de Cabinet H.E. Tomas Anker Christensen, Special Assistant Marcus Carter Mathiasen and Senior Adviser Meena Syed. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the Office of the President of the General Assembly’s Trust Fund.
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Dan Thomas, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly at daniel.thomas@un.org and tel: +1 917 225 1913

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