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27 March 2015Press Stakeout by the President of the Human Rights CouncilConclusion of Human Rights Council 28th regular session.
  • Ambassador Joachim Ruecker (Germany), President of the Human Rights CouncilUNOG
  • 26 March 2015WHO Press ConferenceJournalists are invited to a press conference to learn more about data showing children under five have much higher death rates with Ebola. They will describe the challenges of caring for young children with Ebola and what needs to be done to improve their survival rates. They will also provide the findings of a meeting on paediatric Ebola virus disease being held by WHO in Geneva this week.
  • Dr Christopher Dye, Director of Strategy and WHO’s Team leader on Ebola epidemiology
  • Dr Tim O'Dempsey, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and WHO Clinical Team leader in Sierra Leone
  • Dr David Kaggwa, WHO Paediatric Consultant in LiberiaWHO
  • 25 March 2015UNHCR Press ConferenceEmbargoed briefing on UNHCR’s latest Asylum Trends report to be issued on Thursday 26 March. The report contains the latest figures of asylum seekers in industrialized countries and an analysis of asylum trends during 2014. The report is under embargo until Thursday, 26 March at 0500 GMT
  • Ms. Melissa Fleming, Chief Spokesperson, UNHCR [
  • Mr. Tarek Abou Chabake, Senior Statistician, UNHCR UNHCR
  • 23 March 2015UNCTAD Press Conference[Publication of the 2015 Information Economy Report - Unlocking the Potential of E-commerce for Developing Countries (embargo 24 March 2015 at 5 p.m. GMT)
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General
  • Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
  • UNCTAD
    20 March 2015IFRC Press ConferenceLaunch of the campaign “Words Against Ebola".
    Just because Ebola is not in the headlines every day, does not mean it is close to being over. As you probably know, thousands of Red Cross volunteers are still on the ground in West Africa, helping those who are still fighting for their lives.
    On 23 March 2015, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will mark the one year commemoration since the Ebola epidemic was officially declared in West Africa. On this date, we will launch our global Words Against Ebola campaign, to help end the negative misconceptions about Ebola, and remind people it’s still far from over.
    The goals of this campaign are to promote knowledge and awareness, alleviate fear, fight stigma, overcome complacency, and create a community of global support to get to zero cases of Ebola.
    Elhadj As Sy – Secretary General, IFRC
    UNOG
    20 March 2015WHO Press ConferenceIn countries affected by the Ebola virus, a growing risk of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases must be countered by urgent scaling up of immunization activities. WHO will brief about the actions taken to boost immunization among communities already affected by Ebola.
  • Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Director, Immunization, Vaccines & Biologicals, WHO
  • Dr Edward Kelley, Director, Service Delivery and Safety, WHOWHO
  • 20 March 2015UNECE Press ConferenceLaunch of UNECE/FAO study “Forests in the UNECE Region: Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests” and presentation of the main issues related to forests and food on the occasion of the International Day of Forests.
    Dr. Guy Robertson, National Sustainability Programme Leader, United States Forest Service, Co-author of the study
    Roman Michalak, Forestry Officer, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, Project manager of the study
    Paola Deda, Director a.i. Forests, Land and Housing Division, UNECE
    Charo Val, Chef, La Alacena del Gourmet, Hotel Pachá, Ibiza, author of the PEFC Recipe Book "Cuisine from the Forests"
    Josh Evans, Lead Researcher, Nordic Food Lab, Copenhagen
    UNECE
    20 March 2015Stakeout by the French Minister of JusticeVisit by the Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • Christiane Taubira, Minister of JusticeUNOG
  • 19 March 2015WIPO Press ConferenceInternational Patent System in 2014
    International Trademark & Design Systems in 2014
    Domain Names/Cybersquatting Trends in 2014
    Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General
    WIPO
    19 March 2015OHCHR Press ConferencePresentation of the Human Rights Council-mandated report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Iraq in the light of abuses committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated groups.
  • Mr. Hanny Megally, Chief of Asia, Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch, UN Human Rights Office
  • Ms. Suki Nagra, Head of the Investigation Mission to IraqOHCHR
  • 18 March 2015OHCHR Press ConferenceThe Special Rapporteur, Ms. Yanghee Lee, will present her first report to the Human Rights Council on 16/17 March, including updates from her recent mission to Myanmar and her assessment of human rights trends in the country.
    Particular concerns include restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, the escalation of fighting in the Kokang self-administered zone, the serious situation in Rakhine State, and the four “race and religion” bills currently before Parliament. The Special Rapporteur is following with deep concern the response this week by security forces to peaceful student protests on the National Education Law and will report more fully on this topic in her statement to the Council.
    Ms. Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.
    OHCHR
    17 March 2015UNICEF Press ConferencePresentation of the report "Ebola: getting to zero for communities, for children, for the future".
    Roeland Monasch, UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone
    UNICEF
    17 March 2015Human Rights Council Press ConferencePresentation of latest report by the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to the Human Rights Council, which charts the major trends and patterns of human rights and humanitarian law violations perpetrated from March 2011 to January 2015 and draws from more than 3,556 interviews with victims and eyewitnesses in and outside of the country collected since September 2011. The Commission will also provide an update to this report.
    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
    OHCHR
    16 March 2015OHCHR - Press Stakeout by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in EritreaThe Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, Mr. Mike Smith, will speak to the press following his oral update at the Human Rights Council.
    OHCHR
    16 March 2015Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Press ConferenceThe Special Rapporteur will reflect on the latest developments in relation to the human rights situation in the DPRK, and present his multi-track strategy aimed at addressing the issue of international abductions, enforced disappearances and related matters
    Mr. Marzuki Darusman, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
    OHCHR
    16 March 2015OHCHR Press ConferenceThe Special Rapporteur will discuss his findings, in particular the abrupt rise of executions including juvenile executions. He will also discuss various aspects of women's rights, legislative developments that would impose undue limits on human rights, and also issues related to minorities and LGBT.[
    ]Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
    OHCHR
    13 March 2015OCHA Press ConferenceInternational launch of the the Haiti Transitional Appeal (2015-2016) which will serve as the operational plan for the UN and partner’s humanitarian action and resilience building in Haiti over the next two years.
    UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, Mr. Peter de Clercq.
    OCHA
    12 March 2015WHO Press ConferenceWHO is launching its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver and resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths each year – most of them in low and middle-income countries.
    Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, Director, Department of HIV/AIDS, WHO
    Dr. Stefan Wiktor, Team lead, Global Hepatitis Programme, Department of HIV/AIDS, WHO
    Dr. Philippa Easterbrook, Scientist, Global Hepatitis Programme, Department of HIV/AIDS, WHO
    WHO
    11 March 2015OHCHR Press ConferenceThe Special Rapporteur on torture will talk about his annual report to the Human Rights Council, in which he explores the international legal framework and standards protecting children deprived of their liberty from being subjected to torture or other ill-treatment and from experiencing developmentally harmful and torturous conditions of confinement; specific statutes and standards applying to prevent torture and ill-treatment of children deprived of liberty; and shortcomings in the practical implementation of legal standards.
    The Special Rapporteur will also make reference to his country reports on Mexico and Gambia, as well as to his follow-up reports on Tunisia and Tajikistan.
    Mr. Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
    OHCHR
    11 March 2015Joint WHO/WFP Press ConferenceNew operational WHO/WFP Partnership to get to zero Ebola cases
    Extensive field deployment of technical teams with expertise in epidemiology, case investigation, contact tracing and infection prevention and control is vital to stopping the current West Africa Ebola virus disease outbreak completely.
    To capacitate and ensure maximum functionality of WHO’s technical teams in all districts, counties and prefectures across the three affected countries, WHO and WFP are launching an innovative, first time partnership to establish a joint operational platform.
    The joint platform will provide all necessary logistic and operations support to these technical teams in the field, each of which is essential to bring cases in these countries to zero and to establish an alert and response infrastructure for future crises.
    Bruce Aylward, Special Representative of the Director-General for the Ebola Response and Assistant Director-General, Emergencies, World Health Organization
    Cesar Arroyo, Regional Coordinator for WFP Common Logistic Service
    WHO
    11 March 2015OHCHR Press ConferenceThe Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief will talk about his annual report to the Human Rights Council on preventing violence committed in the name of religion: “It would be wrong to focus on religion in isolation when analysing the problem, it would be equally simplistic to reduce religious motives to mere ‘excuses’ for violent crimes perpetrated in their name.”
    The expert will also refer to his reports on his 2014 missions to Kazakhstan and Viet Nam.
    Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.
    OHCHR
    6 March 2015UNISDR Press ConferenceAt the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14-18 March), the international community is set to adopt a new framework that will guide global efforts to rein in disaster mortality and economic losses over the coming decade. The World Conference in Sendai, Japan, is the first since 2005, when countries adopted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), an all-encompassing, 10-year programme. In addition to giving details of what will be on the table in Sendai, the press briefing will give details of the impact of the HFA and provide disaster data for the past decade.
    Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
    ISDR
    5 March 2015IPU Press ConferencePresentation of the annual statistics and trends on women in parliament and a review of progress over 20 years since Beijing Platform for Action
    Kareen Jabre, Director, IPU Programmes Division
    UNOG
    4 March 2015WHO Press ConferenceNew WHO guidelines on the intake of sugars
    On 4 March at 3 p.m., WHO will publish new guidelines on the intake of sugars among adults and children.
    Worldwide intake of free sugars varies by age, setting and country. The speaker will brief media on the new recommendations which are based on analysis of the latest scientific evidence.
    The guidelines will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay).
    Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO
    WHO
    4 March 2015ILO Press ConferenceInternational Women's Day
    - Launch of "Motherhood Pay Gap" Report
    - Beijing plus 20: what has been achieved so far?
    The report and related material are under embargo until Thursday, 5 March, 23.00 GMT
    - Shauna Olney, Chief, Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, ILO
    - Kristen Sobeck, ILO Economist, Wage Officer
    ILO
    3 March 2015Press Stakeout by the German Minister of Foreign AffairsPress stakeout by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany
    UNOG
    3 March 2015Press stakeout with EU High Representative Federica MogheriniPress stakeout with Ms Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, who will address the Human Rights Council for the first time in her new capacity.UNOG
    2 March 2015OHCHR Press ConferenceLaunch of the new OHCHR report on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
    · Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic
    · Deputy Head of the UN Human Rights Mission in Ukraine Fiona Frazer
    OHCHR
    2 March 2015US Permanent Mission press conferencePress conference by the Secretary of State
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry
    UNOG

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