Switzerland

15 February 2019, Geneva, Switzerland

Note to Correspondents: Press Breakfast by the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen

GOP:  As you know I have been travelling rather extensively and of course [I felt] my first duty, was to go to Damascus and to discuss with the government and then to go on  to Riyadh to discuss with the SNC.  And I think in both places I was very positively received and we had in-depth discussions on what is my mandate.  And as you all know my mandate is Security Council resolution 2254.
 

18 December 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

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

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura held consultations with the Foreign Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey in Geneva today.
 

14 December 2018, Geneva

Note to correspondents: Statement on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura [scroll down for Arabic and Russian]

The efforts to establish a constitutional committee have been the subject of continuing consultations.  In this context, Special Envoy de Mistura anticipates hosting high-level representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey in Geneva early next week as he finalises his assessment, to be presented to the Security Council on 20 December, of the possibility of establishing a credible, balanced and inclusive constitutional committee. 
 

04 December 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's video message to the 3rd Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators

I am pleased to greet this meeting of frontline humanitarian negotiators.
 
It is encouraging to see the growth of this vibrant community of practice.
 
Humanitarians are constantly on the front lines, negotiating access with parties to conflicts and assisting the world’s most vulnerable people.
 
Your work is crucial to saving and protecting millions of lives.
 
I welcome this meeting’s theme, which recognizes the importance of “engaging with communities on the front lines”.
 

29 November 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Transcript of Press Stakeout by UN Senior Adviser, Jan Egeland

SP: Thank you very much and good morning ladies and gentlemen, and members of the press corp.  As you all know the Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura is currently still in Astana, and it is because of this absence, his absence, due to the Astana meeting, he had asked me on the occasion of Jan Egeland’s last day as Senior Adviser and Chair of the ISSG Humanitarian Task Force, to deliver a very brief, personal message, so what I am about to say now is a direct quote from Special Envoy de Mistura from Astana:
 

29 November 2018, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement of behalf of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura [scroll down for Arabic and Russian]

Special Envoy de Mistura appreciates the work done at the Astana meeting by the three guarantors -- the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey -- to ensure that the Idlib de-escalation arrangements are sustained.  He is very grateful to President Nursultan Nazarbayev for the generous hospitality and efficient support of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 
 

28 November 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's video message to Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan

President Ghani, Excellencies,
 
I am pleased to greet this important conference.
 
Our hearts go out to all Afghans who have been affected by conflict, trauma and suffering.
 
This Conference comes at a time when violence is widespread and genuine opportunities for peace in Afghanistan are being severely tested.
 
I welcome your focus on the objectives of transformation and self-reliance, as set by Afghanistan four years ago at the beginning of the Transformation Decade.
 

28 November 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's Message to Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan

[Delivered by Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs]

Your Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Your Excellency Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
 
It is a pleasure for the United Nations to co-host this event and reaffirm our partnership with the Government and people of Afghanistan for peace, inclusive growth and sustainable development.
 

27 November 2018, Geneva

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

Special Envoy de Mistura received an invitation from the Government of Kazakhstan, on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey – the guarantors of the de-escalation agreement – to participate in the high-level meeting in Astana on 28 and 29 November 2018.