2 - 8 April 2012
2 APRIL 2012
The Director-General opened a festival celebrating the International Day of Nowruz and highlighted the role of Nowruz in promoting dialogue among civilizations as well as solidarity, peace and prosperity.
The new Permanent Representative of Spain, Ms. Ana María Menéndez Pérez, presented her credentials to the Director-General, who welcomed her as her country’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
The Director-General received credentials from Mr. Miloš Prica, the new Permanent Representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and welcomed him as his country’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
3 APRIL 2012
The Director-General met Ms. Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, President of the Swiss Confederation, in Bern, Switzerland and expressed appreciation for Switzerland’s active contributions across the United Nations agenda.
The Director-General met Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor and Head of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation and expressed his congratulations on the 10th anniversary of Switzerland’s membership in the United Nations.
The Director-General met Mr. Edouard Dayan, the Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to discuss common challenges, including system-wide coherence and inter-organizational efforts and best practices in terms of development and sustainability.
4 APRIL 2012
The Director-General participated in the opening ceremony of the International Congress on Energy Security.
The Director-General met Mr. Zamir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Head of Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament to discuss disarmament-related issues and the current situation in the Conference on Disarmament.
The Director-General attended a reception hosted by Mr. Hanns Heinrich Schumacher, Permanent Representative of Germany and by Mr. Peter Gottwald, Ambassador of Germany in Bern, on the occasion of awarding the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Dr. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
5 APRIL 2012
The Director-General met with Mr. Urban Rusnak, Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat.
The Director-General met Mr. Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria to discuss the current situation in the country and other issues of common interest.
The Director-General met Mr. Carlos Lopes, newly-appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to discuss continued cooperation and joint activities between the United Nations Office at Geneva and ECA.