Achieving food security for all is at the heart of the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organisation's (FAO) efforts. The objective is to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's three main goals are: the eradication of food insecurity & malnutrition; the elimination of poverty; and the sustainable management of natural resources.
The International Gender Champions - Geneva initiative has just celebrated its first anniversary. Its annual report, published on 2 November 2016, reviews its achievements and outlines the way forward for the second year.
From 7 to 11 November 2016 Geneva Peace Week will bring Geneva’s contribution to sustaining peace into the light. By synchronizing meetings on different topics related to the promotion of peace, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations in Geneva whose work focuses on the cross-cutting nature of peace.
On 25 October 2016, the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation will be launched on the occasion of the first Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators. Over 170 professionals, experts and scholars are expected at La Pastorale, to share their experience and perspectives on frontline negotiations. This meeting will contribute orienting the activities of the new Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation for the years to come.
The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs in more than 100 countries.
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), an autonomous institute within the United Nations, conducts research on disarmament and security with the aim of assisting the international community in their disarmament thinking, decisions and efforts. Based in Geneva, UNIDIR seeks to forward arms control and disarmament, contribute to conflict prevention and promote the development of a peaceful and prosperous world.
Unlike other weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons are not yet legally banned.
As the nature of violent conflict is changing and growing increasingly complex, discussions around solutions have become more technical and confined to the realm of politics and security. As a result, many individuals do not perceive the opportunity to practically contribute to building peace and resolving conflict.
To celebrate the International Youth Day on 12 August, ten Geneva-based organizations shared examples of their work advancing opportunities for the youth from education and training, to the participation of young refugees in the Rio Olympics.
The world's urban population is currently estimated at approximately 3.8 billion people and is projected to reach 5 billion by 2030. In this context, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) works to promote compact, inclusive, resilient, smart and sustainable cities.
On 30 June 2016, the UN Human Rights Council voted to appoint an Independent Expert to investigate and report on human rights abuses against individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the first time that the Human Rights Council - or any UN inter-governmental body - has established a mandate specifically dedicated to protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.