9 - 15 January 2012
9 JANUARY 2012
The Director-General met Mr. Abdulwahab Abdulsalam Attar, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to discuss, among other issues, the contributions of Saudi Arabia to the work of the United Nations Office at Geneva, its partnership with the World Food Programme, and the Strategic Heritage Plan.
The Director-General met Mr. Ján Kubiš, departing Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and wished him well in his new appointment as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan.
The Director-General attended a reception hosted by Mr. He Yafei, Permanent Representative of China on the occasion of his forthcoming departure from Geneva.
10 JANUARY 2012
The Director-General met the President of Serbia, Mr. Boris Tadiæ. The Director-General thanked President Tadiæ for the strong continued cooperation between Serbia and the United Nations and in particular for its support of Geneva as a multilateral hub.
The Director-General met Mr. Desra Percaya, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia who was appointed Permanent Representative of his country to the United Nations in New York.
Mr. Wu Haitao, Permanent Representative of China to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) presented his letter of nomination to the Director-General, in his capacity as Secretary-General of the CD and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference, who welcomed him in his new role.
The Director-General participated in a celebration of the Chinese New Year at the Palais des Nations organized by the Permanent Mission of China.
11 JANUARY 2012
The Director-General met Ms. Vicky Tuck, Director-General of the International School of Geneva. The Director-General and Ms. Tuck discussed the collaboration between the School and UNOG, including its active involvement in commemorative and outreach activities at the Palais des Nations.
The Director-General attended a reception hosted by Mr. Oðuz Demiralp, Permanent Representative of Turkey in honour of Mr. He Yafei, Permanent Representative of China on the occasion of his departure from Geneva.
The Director-General participated by videoconference in a meeting of the Senior Management Group (SMG), chaired by the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
12 JANUARY 2012
The Director-General met Ms. Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, President of the Swiss Confederation and congratulated her on her recent election as President.
The Director-General met Dr. David Nabarro, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Food Security and Nutrition and United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza.
The Director-General participated in the Global Issues Group Working Session hosted by Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
The Director-General opened a photo exhibition honouring five decades of partnership between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the World Food Programme (WFP).
The Director-General met with Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).