On 14th of February 2017, Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations arrived on a day-long visit to the Sultanate of Oman, along with a delegation. Guterres was received by H E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs.
Following that, the UN staff members: Mr. Asr Toson-UNFPA GCC Representative, Ms. Maha Damaj, UNICEF Programme Manager, Ms. Noura Ourabah Haddad - FAO Representative, Ms. Hamda Al Kharusih, WHO Programme Assistant, welcomed the SG and had a terse meeting with him.
The SG was briefed on UNFPA’s work in Oman and GCC area. He had several insightful questions regarding population development, youth issues/empowerment and gender equality.
Mr. Asr Toson, UNFPA GCC Representative was delegated to lead the UNCT interaction, given his seniority as a member of the UNCT in Oman. The attending staff members were given the opportunity to provide input, in this interactive meeting.
At the end, SG thanked all agencies working in the country, and expressed his gratitude to the work of UNFPA and UNCT.