From 16 to 18 December 2019, the UNHCR and the Government of Switzerland will jointly host in Geneva the first-ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF). The two-day global conference is the first gathering at the Ministerial level to follow up on the practical implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees.
The Geneva Environment Network (GEN) is a cooperative partnership of more than 100 environmental and sustainable development organizations based in the Geneva region. To mark GEN’s 20th anniversary, a special PechaKucha Night and High-Level Discussion on the role of Geneva in placing the environment on the highest political agenda will be organized on 25 and 26 November 2019 at the International Environment House II.
According to the World Health Organization, two billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities. How do governments and organisations address this sanitation crisis? On 19 November, the "Toilet Revolution" event, organized by Heidi News and the Graduate Institute with the support of the Toilet Board Coalition and UN-Water. will focus on digital health innovations in the field of sanitation and will shed light on organisations based in Geneva working to improve the global sanitation landscape.
To pay tribute to the civilian victims of armed conflict, Handicap International will unveil an Unknown Civilian Memorial under the Broken Chair on 14 November 2019. For more information about the event, dowload the flyer or visit the Facebook page. At the same time, a travelling exhibit entitled «Stop bombing civilians» will be presented on the Place des Nations from November 11 to 17.
The Geneva Peace Week will take place from 4 to 8 November 2019. Over 100 partners, including NGOs, International Organizations and Diplomatic Missions, will organize more than 70 events over five days, covering different angles and approaches to peacebuilding.
The International Labour Office (ILO) will open its doors to the public for the first time in 100 years on Tuesday, 15 October. For one working day, the ILO invites you, in collaboration with the Fondation pour Genève, to discover its 100 years of action on the ground but also to dialogue together on the future of the world of work.
Can the financial sector help solve some of the major challenges world agriculture is facing ? This question, among others, will be debated during the Building Bridges Week that will take place in Geneva between 7 and 11 October 2019. Building Bridges Week's objective is to foster new conversations and collaborations that will accelerate the finance industry’s contribution to the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This Peruvian traditional sheep farming was pictured in September 2017, by Magnum Photos member Moises Saman.
From 5 October 2019 to 1 March 2020, the Bodmer Foundation presents the War and Peace exhibition, organized in partnership with the UNOG and the ICRC. Trough the rare items from the patrimonies of the Bodmer Foundation and the partner institutions, the exhibition aims to inform visitors on the everlasting dialogue between man’s warlike nature and his deep desire for peace.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC organizes “Voices from the field”. On 18 September, humanitarian workers and victims of armed conflicts will share some stories of how international humanitarian law (IHL) has had a positive impact. This image shows the ICRC leading a role-playing session to explain the rules of IHL to national guards in San Salvador, Salvador in 1988.
Almost 30 years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, its Committee will hold its 82nd session from 9 to 27 September at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at Palais Wilson.