Switzerland

04 December 2020, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Transcript of Media Briefing by Mr. Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria, Upon Conclusion of the Fourth Convening of the Small Body of the Constitutional Committee

Good afternoon, good to see you, I hope you are doing well. As Jenifer just said, we have concluded the fourth session of the drafting body of the Constitutional Committee. During the week, we have, or they have rather more precisely, discussed a wide range of topics. There was as always, many clear statements of positions, there were submissions of specific positions, and of formulae and of language on several aspects. Of course, there were many differences and let me emphasise that the reason why we are here, of course, is to listen to the differences.

24 November 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's video remarks to the Afghanistan Conference 2020

[Watch the video on webtv.un.org]

Your Excellency President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Your Excellency Minister Pekka Haavisto, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

27 August 2020, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement from the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria

 
Following additional testing and further medical and expert advice regarding four earlier positive tests for COVID-19, the Office of the Special Envoy has been officially informed by the competent health authorities that the nature of those cases is such that the Third Session of the Constitutional Committee Small Body can resume its meetings, with full social distancing and related precautions in place. Having consulted the Co-Chairs and committee members, the meetings will resume at 1400 hours today at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
 

24 August 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to Correspondents: Statement from the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria

The Office of the Special Envoy received confirmation that three members of the Syrian Constitutional Committee Small Body tested positive for COVID-19.

Having informed the Swiss authorities and the United Nations Office in Geneva, immediate measures have been taken consistent with protocols to mitigate any risks, and tracing of anyone who may have been in close contact with affected persons is underway.

17 June 2020, Geneva

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to the Human Rights Council [as prepared for delivery]

I welcome this opportunity to speak to this urgent and necessary debate of the Human Rights Council.
 
I bring you warm greetings from Secretary-General António Guterres, who shares your abhorrence of racism and is committed to fighting it with every tool we have.
 
Allow me to quote from the letter he sent last week to all UN staff:
 
“The position of the United Nations on racism is crystal clear: this scourge violates the United Nations Charter and debases our core values.”  

19 May 2020, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Near Verbatim Transcript of Press Remarks by Geir O. Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria

Thank you so much, really a pleasure connecting with you again, of course, I had hoped it could be in person, sitting together with you in Geneva. Maybe in the not too distant future, we will be able to do that again. I am sure you are just as busy as we are covering COVID-19, among other headlines. Hopefully, there will be a time when we will not only have to focus on COVID-19 and all the consequences that has for our work. 

23 April 2020, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement Attributable to Ms. Najat Rochdi, Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the Special Envoy for Syria, on the Situation Across Syria

At today’s Humanitarian Task Force (HTF) meeting, convened virtually in Geneva, Senior Humanitarian Adviser Ms. Najat Rochdi emphasised the need for immediate, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian workers and to allow for the movement of humanitarian supplies, including urgent needs related to COVID-19.

02 April 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to Correspondents: Statement attributable to Ms. Najat Rochdi, Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, on COVID-19 in Syria

Ms. Najat Rochdi, Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, convened the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Humanitarian Task Force via video-conference today.

Mr. Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria, joined through video-link and reiterated his appeal for a complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria to enable an all-out-effort to counter COVID-19 and spare all Syrians additional suffering. 

Philippe  Lazzarini Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Philippe Lazzarini

Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), announced n 18 March 2020 the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as the Agency’s new Commissioner-General.  

24 March 2020, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement of United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Mr. Geir O. Pedersen - Appeal for a nationwide ceasefire and all-out-effort to counter COVID-19 in Syria

Yesterday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to warring parties throughout the world for an immediate ceasefire to enable the human family to tackle a common enemy – COVID-19. 
 
Today, I am appealing specifically for a complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria to enable an all-out-effort to suppress COVID-19 in Syria. 
 
Syrians are acutely vulnerable to COVID-19. 
 
Healthcare facilities have been destroyed or are degraded. 
 
There is a shortage of key medical equipment and health professionals.