Davos, Switzerland

23 January 2014

Readout of Secretary-General's meeting with Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

They discussed the situation in Syria. The Secretary-General noted the significance of the meeting of Syrian women hosted by the Netherlands this month, adding that the United Nations will continue to ensure that women's voices are reflected in the peace process.

On South Sudan, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister agreed on the need for freedom of movement for the UN mission in the country and for its humanitarian partners.

Regarding the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes Region, the Secretary-General said that while recent developments are encouraging, further progress is needed to sustain the gains, including through structural reforms, timely and credible elections and economic reforms. They also discussed developments in the Central African Republic and expressed concern that urgent measures needed to be taken. They discussed the situation in Mali, and the Secretary-General thanked the Netherlands for providing helicopters for the UN mission there.

They exchanged views on the twin challenges of formulating a post-2015 development framework and reaching a global climate agreement.

The Secretary-General thanked the Prime Minister for the active support of the Netherlands to the OPCW-UN Joint Mission for the Elimination of the Chemical Weapons Programme of the Syrian Arab Republic.