SG’s visit to Slovenia: Slovenia has much to offer to Europe, the world and the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he addressed its Parliament, highlighting the contributions of this “small but crucially important” country.
Syria resolution: Despite the appeals for united and concerted action to help end the escalating violence in Syria, the Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would have threatened sanctions on Damascus, owing to the negative votes of permanent members Russia and China.
Nelson Mandela International Day: The United Nations today marked Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 94th birthday and honoring his contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation with events at its Headquarters in New York and around the world.
UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; Syria; Somalia; US execution of two persons with disabilities; DR Congo murder trial; United Arab Emirates
UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Adama Dieng of Senegal, currently serving as Registrar of the International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), as his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
SG’s travels: The Secretary-General will leave New York later on Monday for a visit that will take him to China and to Southeastern Europe. In Beijing, he will take part in a ministerial conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and in an online conversation with young people and in an event to recognize the role of Chinese people in the “Future We Want” campaign for sustainable development.
Today, the UN announced that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr.Asha-Rose Migiro as Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Gordon Brown as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
SG: The SG met with President Ortega yesterday in Nicaragua where he visited a wind farm and praised the country’s commitment to renewable energy. The SG arrived in Costa Rica today where he is expected to lecture about “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”.
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
SG: The SG arrived in Cairo today where he will meet with the Foreign Minister, President el-Sisi and US Secretary of State Kerry to promote the Egypt-initiated ceasefire in the Middle East. Spokesman Dujarric told reporters today that “the overriding messages that [the SG] brings is, first, that the violence must stop, and needs to stop now.”