Switzerland

24 February 2020, Geneva

Opening remarks to the media during a press encounter at the World Health Organization

 I want first of all to express my enormous gratitude and admiration for the staff of the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
When I visited Beni a few months ago, I could see the courage, the resilience of WHO staff fighting Ebola in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo), living in extremely harsh conditions, risking their lives in a very insecure area and doing everything to serve the Congolese people and to avoid the dramatic impact of that disease, both in the DRC and the risk of propagation.
   

24 February 2020, Geneva

Remarks to the UN Human Rights Council: “The Highest Aspiration: A Call to Action for Human Rights"

[English version; scroll down for bilingual as delivered version]

Distinguished President of the Human Rights Council,
Madame High Commissioner,
Excellencies,
Colleagues,
Friends, 

I would like to start by expressing my appreciation and admiration for the work being carried out by High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet and her Office.

Her personal history… her understanding of what it means for a society and an individual to suffer human rights violations… and her experience in advancing human rights as a world leader…

24 February 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General’s press encounter at the World Health Organization

SG: I want first of all to express my enormous gratitude and admiration for the staff of the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
When I visited Beni a few months ago, I could see the courage, the resilience of WHO staff fighting Ebola in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo), living in extremely harsh conditions, risking their lives in a very insecure area and doing everything to serve the Congolese people and to avoid the dramatic impact of that disease, both in the DRC and the risk of propagation.
   

24 February 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's remarks to the UN Human Rights Council: “The Highest Aspiration: A Call to Action for Human Rights" [as delivered] - scroll down for all English

Distinguished President of the Human Rights Council, Madame High Commissioner, Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends,
 
I would like to start by expressing my appreciation and admiration for the work being carried out by High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet and her Office.
 
Her personal history… her understanding of what it means for a society and an individual to suffer human rights violations… and her experience in advancing human rights as a world
leader…
 
All of this gives her a unique and vital voice.
 
Excellencies,
 

17 February 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to Correspondents: Intra-Libyan Joint Military Commission

On 18 February 2020, under the auspices of the United Nations, the Intra-Libyan Joint Military Commission is resuming its meeting in Geneva.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya hopes that the sense of responsibility and the serious and constructive spirit of the participants is carried into the fully inclusive Libyan Political Forum scheduled to start on 26 February and urges all parties to seize the opportunity to respond positively.

More information on media activities will be communicated later on.

 

06 February 2020, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Transcript of Press Stakeout by Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya

The Special Representative: Thank you for being here today for this brief.  I will be brief myself so I can take your questions.  I wanted to tell you first that we have been meeting since Monday afternoon, as you know, with the Joint Military Commission made (up) of five high-ranking officers from the two sides of the battle front and Libya.  I would like to say that I am very pleased to see a clear national spirit inspiring both delegations and that there is a very high level of professionalism in discussing the often technical points related to the cease-fire and to the

03 February 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to correspondents: Meeting of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission [scroll down for Arabic]

Geneva, 3 February 2020 - The 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission is starting its meeting under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva today.

Five senior officers appointed by the Government of National Accord (GNA) and five senior officers appointed by the Libyan National Army (LNA) are participating in the talks, which are moderated by Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

More information on media activities will be communicated later on.