Media outlets can request permanent or temporary press accreditation for their correspondents to cover the range of activities taking place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, from meetings of the Human Rights Council and peace talks to other major conferences and events.
Accredited correspondents participate in bi-weekly press briefings chaired by the UN Geneva spokesperson and attended by the spokespeople of UN specialized agencies and programmes based in Geneva. Correspondents also have access to scheduled press conferences, stakeouts and background briefings on an almost daily basis.
The UN Information Service regularly issues press releases and the meeting summaries of major meetings happening in Geneva, including the sessions of the Human Rights Council, the human rights committees, and the Conference on Disarmament.
Facilities for the media include free or rented workspaces and access to radio and television studios and services, upon availability.
The lack of protection against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has left populations ill-equipped to fight COVID-19. Many countries have fallen behind in preventing, screening and treating (NCDs). Mounting evidence highlights the increased risk of a severe COVID-19 infection for people living with NCDs. WHO and the United Nations are releasing new documents highlighting ways governments can address NCDs in their COVID-19 recovery plans and reduce premature mortality.
- Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO (in the room)
- Dr Nick Banatvala, Head of Secretariat, United Nations Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases (online)
- Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Strictly embargoed, not for use before 0000 GMT on 3 September 2020
- Sajjad Malik, Director of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR
- Mamadou Dian Balde, Deputy Director of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR
- Rebecca Telford, Head of Education, UNHCR
Office of the Special Envoy for Syria
- Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria
Live webcast on http://webtv.un.org, also available with Arabic interpretation.
UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 11 AUGUST at 8:00 p.m. Geneva time (6:00 p.m. GMT)
- Sangheon Lee, Director, ILO Employment Policy Department
- Felix Weidenkaff, Employment specialist, Bangkok
- Markus Pilgrim, DWT/CO Director, Budapest
- Caroline Njuki, Program Manager, Nairobi
- Susana Puerto, Specialist, Employment and Labour Market Policies, ILO
WHO is releasing guidance for public health authorities, chief dental officers at ministries of health and oral health care personnel. The guidance addresses prioritization of urgent cases, screening of patients and measures to be taken in oral health services by dental personnel, administrative staff and patients.
- Dr Benoit Varenne, Dental Officer, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases
- The Honorable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados
- Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General