L'oeil de la Genève Internationale

Every week, discover a theme of International Geneva’s current events linked to an image of a renowned photographer.

 

2017

In celebration of 25 years of "Changing finance and financing change", the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is convening the sustainable finance community at a series of five Regional Roundtables.

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Accelerate2030 is a cross-border scaling program for positive social and environmental impact launched by Impact Hub Geneva in 2016 with UNDP as the founding partner.

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The Palais des Nations will open its doors to the public on Saturday 7 October, prior to a five-year-long renovation of the complex. Originally built in the 1930s, this symbol of Geneva's diplomatic power has never been fully renovated. The open day will feature unique interactive and educational activities, presented by key members of international Geneva.

Interaction and dialogue with UN staff will be the common theme of the open day. A series of booths scattered around the Palais will highlight the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 2030 Agenda.

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Government representatives will gather in Geneva, from 24 to 29 September 2017, for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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The seventy-fifth session of the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety will be held at the Palais des Nations on 19-22 September 2017.

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Launch of the report of the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace - 14 September 2017, Maison de la Paix, Geneva. More information here. 

A self-taught photographer, Newsha Tavakolian began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16.

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On 5th September, the International Commission of Jurists and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies will co-organize a public conference: Elements of a treaty on business and human rights.

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The 20th edition of the Fête de la Presse & de la Communication, organized by the Geneva Press Club, will take place on 31 August at La Pastorale. Since its creation in 1997, the Geneva Press Club has hosted over 30 heads of states or prime ministers, and organised numerous events, including around a hundred press conferences with ambassadors and world leaders, among them Fidel Castro, Kofi Annan, Henry Kissinger and the Dalai Lama.

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The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will meet from 14 to 31 August at the Palais des Nations. The CRPD is one of the ten UN human rights treaty bodies.  These bodies are made of independent experts in charge of monitoring the implementation of major human rights treaties. In the case of the CRPD, the treaty is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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The 40th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) takes place this week at CICG.

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The 6th Aid for Trade Global Review will be held from 11 to 13 July at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva.

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The International Law Commission will hold the second part of its sixty-ninth session at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 3 July to 4 August 2017.

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To preserve the ocean is to preserve life. That conviction lies at the heart of Race for Water Foundation’s mission. From 29 June until 23 July, the Foundation will present a free, open-air exhibition on Quai Wilson in Geneva, featuring a series of 60 photographs by Peter Charaf.

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Mines and explosive remnants of war maim and kill thousands of people every year. These explosive hazards result in girls, boys, women, and men acquiring debilitating injuries that often have long-term consequences for their families and communities.

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Co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, in close collaboration with all UN agencies, the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017 takes place at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva this week (12-16 June) and is expected to welcome more than 2,500 international participants from 150+ countries, thus representing the world's largest annual multi-stakeholder gathering of the information and communication technologies (ICT) for development community.

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2017 marks the centenary of the first Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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A new international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions has been launched.

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Five years ago, governments, pharmaceutical companies, NGOs and various stakeholders set themselves the ambitious target of controlling or eliminating 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) by 2020. Last April, the NTD 2017 Summit marked both the WHO's roadmap on NTDs and the London Declaration 5th anniversaries.

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Today, 24 April, the Graduate Institute invites world famous British photographer Don McCullin for a conversation about his life and career with Davide Rodogno, Professor of International History, The Graduate Institute and Lisbeth Koutchoumoff Arman, journalist at Le Temps.

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What is the situation in South Sudan? How severe is the crisis in Nigeria? How many people are internally displaced in Afghanistan? The new ACAPS CrisisAlert app aims to provide the answers easily.

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