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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.

18 December 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to Correspondents: Statement Attributable to Ms. Najat Rochdi, Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, on the Escalation of Violence in the Idlib Area

Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Ms. Najat Rochdi condemns the recent intensification of hostilities in northwest Syria, in particular aerial bombardments and the reported use of barrel bombs, killing tens of civilians including women and children. 

17 December 2019, Geneva

Opening remarks at Global Refugee Forum

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It is a pleasure to join you.
 
If I may, I would like to begin with a short personal reflection.
 
Coming to Geneva for this refugee forum carries great meaning and emotions for me.
 
I feel I am among friends – not only good colleagues past and present, but also friends of one of the great causes of these or any times: answering the plight of people forced from their homes by war, conflict or persecution. 
 

17 December 2019, Geneva

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.  It is a true pleasure to be back in Geneva.  Having worked as High Commissioner for Refugees for 10 years, it is heartening to see the international community come together today in support of refugees and host communities.  Global forced displacement has been rising steadily in recent years.  When I started in 2005 as High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 38 million people displaced in the world and we were helping one million people go back home every year.  And for many of our colleagues, there was a sensation that soon UNHCR would have no reaso

17 December 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General’s remarks at Joint Press Conference with Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [scroll down for Q&A]

Secretary-General António Guterres: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.  It is a true pleasure to be back in Geneva.  Having worked as High Commissioner for Refugees for 10 years, it is heartening to see the international community come together today in support of refugees and host communities.  Global forced displacement has been rising steadily in recent years.  When I started in 2005 as High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 38 million people displaced in the world and we were helping one million people go back home every year.  And for many of our colleagues, ther

17 December 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's opening remarks at Global Refugee Forum [as delivered]

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
It is a pleasure to join you.
 
If I may, I would like to begin with a short personal reflection.
 
Coming to Geneva for this refugee forum carries great meaning and emotions for me.
 
I feel I am among friends – not only good colleagues past and present, but also friends of one of the great causes of these or any times: answering the plight of people forced from their homes by war, conflict or persecution. 
 

09 December 2019, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Human Rights Day [scroll down for French]

This has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people. It is particularly fitting that this year we mark Human Rights Day during the crucial UN conference in Madrid to uphold climate justice. We owe a debt of gratitude to all those millions of children, teenagers and young adults who have been standing up and speaking out more and more loudly about the crisis facing our planet.