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31 July 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to correspondents: Statement on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (2)

Today the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met with the Government of Syria during the Astana-format meeting in Sochi, Russian Federation.   There was a useful exchange of views on the different aspects of the political process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2254 (2015).
 

31 July 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to Correspondents: Statement on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (1)

Today Special Envoy de Mistura chaired informal consultations with senior representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, during the Astana-format meeting in Sochi, Russian Federation.

The consultations focused on realising further progress on the implementation of the Sochi Final Statement and the establishment of a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned constitutional committee, facilitated by the UN, within the framework of the Geneva process and in accordance with Security Council resolution 2254 (2015).

25 June 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's video message to the conference on “Religions, creeds and Value Systems Joining Forces to Promote Equal Citizenship Rights” under the patronage of Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

Your Royal Highness, Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, Distinguished participants,
 
I am inspired by your coming together around a shared commitment to human rights and equal citizenship.
 
Religious leaders wield significant influence on the hearts and minds of billions.

Faith-based actors can play a crucial role in enhancing human rights for all.

Diversity is a richness.
 
We must raise our voices in support of our multicultural communities and our shared values.

25 June 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

At the invitation of UN Special Envoy de Mistura, consultations were held in the United Nations Office at Geneva with senior representatives of France, Germany, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States, on the way ahead on a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned UN-facilitated Geneva political process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2254 (2015).

19 June 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

At the invitation of Special Envoy de Mistura, consultations were held in the United Nations Office at Geneva on 19 June with senior representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, on the way ahead for the implementation of the Sochi Final Statement and the establishment of a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned constitutional committee, facilitated by the UN, within the framework of the Geneva process and in accordance with Security Council resolution 2254 (2015).

14 June 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Press statement by United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

Good afternoon.  I want to make a short statement today to bring you up to date. For the moment I will probably not take questions because there are many details that I would like to be able to elaborate on at a second opportunity [when you will be able to ask questions].
 
I am in a process, as you know, of consultations and the reason is that we are intensifying our efforts to facilitate the way forward on the Syrian political process as mandated by the Security Council and resolution 2254.
 

13 June 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

Special Envoy de Mistura has invited senior Iranian, Russian and Turkish officials to Geneva for consultations on 18 and 19 June 2018 on the way ahead in the establishment of a constitutional committee, and they have accepted. The Special Envoy will in addition be inviting other countries for relevant discussions in due course. He will update the press corps during a press availability in Geneva tomorrow. 
 
Geneva, 13 June 2018
 

12 June 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement on behalf of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

Special Envoy for Syria de Mistura has held consultations in Cairo and today had substantive and useful discussions with President Al Sisi of Egypt. The Special Envoy underscored the important contribution that Egypt can make in support of the UN-facilitated political process on Syria. The Special Envoy returns to Geneva tomorrow. 
 
Geneva, 12 June 2018
 
 

07 June 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

Special Envoy de Mistura just concluded consultations on the Syrian political process in Istanbul, Turkey.  He met with Turkish authorities, as well as officials from the SNC and the SOC.  The Special Envoy is planning to continue regional consultations in the coming days.  
 
Geneva, 7 June 2018
 
 

06 June 2018, Geneva

Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at High-level Panel on Transformational Energy Access in LDCs [as prepared for delivery]

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am pleased to be with you to discuss the all-important issue of transforming energy access in the Least Developed Countries.
 
Let me start by commending the Board and the Secretariat for aligning the work of UNCTAD with the 2030 Agenda and Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
 
The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Forum in April and the 2018 report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development benefited from UNCTAD’s new inter-governmental expert groups.