Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
– SG Travels
– Honor Roll
Today, the Secretary-General held a number of bilateral meetings, including with Nechirvan Barazani, the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with whom he discussed the security, political, and humanitarian situation in Iraq and the region.
The Secretary-General also met with Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operations Officer of Facebook. He also met with his incoming Climate Envoy, Mark Carney, as well as with World Economic Forum Chairman Klaus Schwab.
Prior to leaving Davos, the Secretary-General met with a group of young people from the Global Shapers programme for a listening session about the future of multilateralism and the United Nations. This is one of the many conversations that will held as part of the UN75 anniversary.
The Secretary-General is now on his way back to New York.
On Saturday, he will attend a special service at Park East Synagogue to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Today, the Secretary-General is announcing the appointment of Raouf Mazou of the Republic of the Congo as Assistant High Commissioner for Operations in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Mr. Mazou will succeed George Okoth-Obbo of Uganda who has been appointed as Secretary to the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement. The Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Refugees are grateful for Mr. Okoth-Obbo’s 36 years of dedicated service to the refugee cause.
Mr. Mazou brings to the position some 28 years of professional experience with UNHCR, and we have lots more on this in my office.
Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=24%20January%202020