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30 September 2014Press Conference by the Swiss Mission and the WWFWWF will present the latest research on the state of the environment from its flagship Living Planet Report. WWF's new Director General, Marco Lambertini, will introduce the report one week after the UN Climate Summit and in advance of critical UN meetings on biodiversity, climate and development.
Salman Bal, Counsellor, Swiss Mission to the UN in Geneva
Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
30 September 2014ITC Press ConferenceUpdate on Ebola in Liberia and impact on the economy
Axel Addy, Minister for Industry and Commerce, Liberia
30 September 2014UNICEF Press ConferenceOverview on the nutrition situation in South Sudan
James Elder, UNICEF Chief of communication, Eastern and Southern Africa
29 September 2014IOM Press ConferenceLaunch of IOM report “Fatal Journeys : Tracking Lives Lost During Migration”
Franck Laczko, Head Migration Research Division, IOM, and author of the report
Leonard Doyle, Head, Division Media and Communication, IOM
26 September 2014OCHA Press ConferenceBriefing on current humanitarian needs and challenges in Gaza and the West Bank
James W. Rawley, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory
26 September 2014Press conference by the Permanent Mission of ArgentinaResolution on the effects of vulture funds on the full enjoyment of human rights
Héctor Timerman, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina
23 September 2014UNICEF Press ConferenceOverview on child protection issues in Iraq, Palestine and Syria (+UNICEF sustainable response)
Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, Programme Division, UNICEF
Nearly six months after the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified of the first case in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts from WHO and Imperial College will brief on their upcoming New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article outlining the epidemiological trends thus far in the outbreak and project expected case numbers for the coming weeks if control measures are not enhanced
Please note the entire press briefing is under strict embargo until Tuesday 23 September at 06.01 am Geneva time ( to coincide with the NEJM publication)
Dr Christopher Dye, Director of Strategy, Office of the Director-General, WHO and co-author of the NEJM article
Professor Christl Donnelly, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, Imperial College London, MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling and co-author of the NEJM article
16 September 2014OCHA Press ConferenceAn Ebola virus disease has severely affected West Africa, especially Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and claimed thousands of lives across the region. The United Nations and its partners are scaling up their efforts to address the outbreak and mitigate its impact in the region.
Following a briefing to Member States, Dr. David Nabarro, UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Valerie Amos, Emergency Relief Coordinator and USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (World Health Organization) will brief the press.
16 September 2014Press Conference by the Mission of the Holy SeeChristians in the Middle East: Citizenship, Human Rights and Their Future
H.B. Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church
H.B. Ignace III Yousif Yunan, Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch
H.E. Mons. Silvano Tomasi, Head of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN
16 September 2014HRC Press stakeoutPresentation of latest report by the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to the Human Rights Council, covering the period between mid-January and mid-July plus the latest developments of the human rights situation in Syria
· Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson, Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
· Ms. Carla del Ponte, Member of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
· Ms. Karen Abuzayd, Member of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
· Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, Member of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
15 September 2014OHCHR Press ConferenceDisappearances continue being a worldwide challenge - UN Working Group provides an update
Ariel Dulitzky, Chair of the WGEID
12 September 2014Press Conference by CITESSharks and rays at risk get stronger protection.
From Sunday 14 September onward, international trade in specimens of five shark and all manta ray species will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally.
Sharks and rays are consumed in many parts of the world. Shark’s fin soup is served at important events such as weddings and banquets in parts of Asia while fish and chips meals are made from shark meat in Europe.
John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General
David Morgan, Head of Scientific Services
Haruko Okuso, Capacity Building Coordinator
12 September 2014Press Conference by OHCHR / Special Rapporteur on Transitional JusticeProsecution strategies in the fight against impunity.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff
10 September 2014U.S. Mission - Press briefing by the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War CrimesJustice and accountability in atrocity crime situations and the importance of related human rights investigations in countries including Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and CAR.
Stephen Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
10 September 2014OHCHR Press ConferenceHuman rights to water and sanitation: How they are violated and how they can be realised.
Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.
10 September 2014UNCTAD Press ConferencePublication of the Trade and Development Report 2014: Global Governance and Policy Space for Development. (Embargo 10/09 at 5:00 p.m. GMT, 7:00 p.m. CET)
Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General
Alfredo Calcagno, Chief, Macroeconomic and Development Policies Branch, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD
10 September 2014WMO Press ConferenceRelease of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014 report.
Geir Braathen, Senior Scientific Officer
9 September 2014WMO Press ConferenceRelease of WMO annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.
Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary General
Oksana Tarasova, Chief WMO Atmospheric Environment Research Division
9 September 2014ITC Press ConferenceThe urgent need to create trade and employment opportunities by increasing the competitiveness of SMEs will be at the core of the discussions between global thinkers, business leaders and practitioners at the 14th World Export Development Forum (WEDF), to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 16-17 September 2014. For the first time ever ITC, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will bring its flagship event to Africa. Hosts: The Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The global forum will be dedicated to business-led development. WEDF will bring together over 400 representatives of governments, the private sector and TSIs from around the world to contribute to the global debate on ways to achieve trade-led inclusive sustainable development through entrepreneurship, trade competitiveness of SMEs, employment and economic growth. This year, WEDF will be held in conjunction with ITC’s Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF) the flagship event of the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors. There are 8-10 million women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries, representing 31 to 38% of total SMEs yet they receive a paltry share of procurement contracts. Led by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Global Platform is a 10-year initiative that aims to increase the amount of corporate, government and institutional procurement secured by women vendors for the ultimate purpose of bringing economic benefit to women and their communities.
Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC
9 September 2014WHO Press ConferenceUpdate on the humanitarian health situation in conflict-affected areas of Ukraine, plus the ongoing challenges, needs and actions of the World Health Organization and partners.
Dr Dorit Nitzan, World Health Organization Representative and Head of Country Office, Ukraine.
4 September 2014WHO Press ConferenceFirst WHO report on suicide prevention.
Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
Etienne Krug, Director, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, WHO
Ella Arensman, President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation & Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland
Alexandra Fleischmann, Scientist, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
4 September 2014Human Rights Council - Informal Press BriefingInformal press briefing on the upcoming 27th session of the Human Rights Council (8-26 September).
Rolando Gómez, Public Information Officer for the Human Rights Council, OHCHR
3 September 2014UNCTAD Press ConferencePresentation of the 2014 Report on UNCTAD's assistance to the Palestinian people
Mahmoud Elkhafif, UNCTAD, Coordinator of the Assistance to the Palestinian People
1 September 2014UNCTAD Press ConferencePresentation of the report "Trade Policies, Household Welfare and Poverty Alleviation: Case Studies from the Virtual Institute Academic Network"
Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD
Vlasta Macku, Chief, Virtual Institute, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD
1 September 2014Stakeout by the Iraqi Minister of Human RightsStatement to the press on the current situation in Iraq.
Mr. Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, Minister for Human Rights, Republic of Iraq

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