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Highlight of this week's activities

27 June - 3 July 2011

27 JUNE 2011
On behalf of the Secretary-General, the Director-General swore in Judge Mary Faherty (Ireland), who was elected by the General Assembly in January 2011 as a judge of the UN Appeals Tribunal.

The Director-General met with Ms. Annie Vieira de Mello and Mr. A. Willem Bijleveld, Chairman of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation.

The Director-General met with Under-Secretary-General Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

The Director-General met with Mr. Christophe Bouvier, Director, and Regional Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Regional Office for Europe.

The Director-General met with Mr. Philippe Burrin, Director, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies to discuss its contributions to the research and academic community in Geneva and collaboration between the Graduate Institute and UNOG.

The Director-General attended the exhibition “30 Years Re-building Lives – Artwork by victims of torture”, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
28 JUNE 2011
The Director-General met with Professor Olga Pellicier, the Chairperson of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

The Director-General met with Mr. Adnan Mansour, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Director-General met with Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of the Swiss Confederation to the Conference on Disarmament to discuss the current challenges in the Conference and in the broader context of international peace and security.

The Director-General met with Mr. Slimane Chikh, Permanent Observer, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

The Director-General met with Rabbi Arthur Schneier of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation to discuss issues related to the work of the Foundation in promoting religious freedom, human rights, peace and inter-religious dialogue.
29 JUNE 2011
The Director-General addressed the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and highlighted the importance of multilateral disarmament and the need for continued talks to advance the substantive work of the Conference on Disarmament.

The Director-General participated in a meeting of the Senior Management Group (SMG), chaired by the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

The Director-General met with Mr. Peter Woolcott, Permanent Representative of Australia and discussed the contributions of Australia to the work of the United Nations and continued cooperation.
30 JUNE 2011
The Director-General participated in an informal plenary meeting of the Conference on Disarmament with the Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM) which focused on the importance of multilateral disarmament and discussions on the future of the Conference.

The Director-General met with Mr. John J. Maresca, Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE).

The Director-General met with Professor Nicolas Michel of the University of Geneva Law Faculty and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.
1 JULY 2011
The Director-General met with Ms. Marcie Berman Ries, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, Department of State, United States of America, to discuss among other issues, the ongoing work of the United Nations in disarmament and international peace and security.

The Director-General attended a reception to celebrate the 235th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.

A reception held to celebrate the Independence Day of Belarus was attended by the Director-General.

The Director-General participated in a briefing organized by UNDIR and the Geneva Forum entitled “Ways Ahead in the Conference on Disarmament: Double or Quits” which explored options for advancing the substantive work of the Conference.

The Director-General met with Mr. Andrés Castellanos de Corral, President of the Federation of Associations of Former International Civil Servants (FAFICS) and noted the importance of the support provided by the Federation to retirees.



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