16 - 22 April 2012
16 APRIL 2012
The Director-General participated in a briefing and exchange with representatives of civil society in Geneva at the Palais des Nations.
The new Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Mr. Rytis Paulauskas, presented his credentials to the Director-General, who welcomed him as his country’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
The Director-General opened the exhibition “Koloman Sokol: The Life of an Artist in Exile” which featured the artwork of Mr. Sokol and highlighted his long life and search for freedom of expression.
17 APRIL 2012
The Director-General participated in a panel discussion on “The Human Cost of Military Spending”, organized by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the International Peace Bureau, on the occasion of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.
18 APRIL 2012
The Director-General met Mr. Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International.
The Director-General participated in the opening of the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. The exhibition, which is to take place from the 18-22 April 2012, showcases 1,000 inventions from 789 exhibitors representing 46 different countries.
The Director-General attended a reception hosted by Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
20 APRIL 2012
The Director-General met Mr. Sven Alkalaj, the recently-appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
The Director-General met Mr. SO Se Pyong, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to discuss issues of common concern.
The Director-General participated in a celebration of Chinese Language Day at UNOG. He highlighted that as one of the official languages of the United Nations, Chinese plays a central role in the UN’s efforts to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity within the Organization - a key priority of the United Nations, and one of his personal priorities for UNOG.