New York/Geneva

17 January 2014

Note to correspondents on Secretary-General's travel to Switzerland

On Monday, 20 January, the Secretary-General will depart New York for the Swiss city of Montreux, where he will convene the Geneva conference on Syria.
As the Secretary-General has said, he views the conference as a unique opportunity for ending the violence and ensuring that peace be restored. He also hopes that the transition foreseen in the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012 can be implemented in a way that fully meets the aspirations of the Syrian people, with the establishment of a transitional governing body based on mutual consent at the core of this effort. 

On the sidelines of the conference, the Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with delegates attending the meeting.

On Thursday, 23 January, the Secretary-General will travel to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, focusing on meeting the global climate challenge.

While in Davos, the Secretary-General will engage private sector leaders as well as Heads of State and Government in public and private sessions, aimed at advancing concrete deliverables at the 2014 Climate Summit in September.

The Secretary-General will return to New York on Friday, 24 January.