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.



An important week for chemicals management, waste, and pollution prevention starts today, 17 June, with the UNEP's OEWG 3 Science-Policy panel followed by the annual joint meeting to enhance cooperation and coordination between the regional centers under the Basel and Stockholm conventions on the 21 June. In 2016, photojournalist Carl De Keyzer took this image in the Agbogbloshie e-waste dumpsite in Accra, Ghana. 

17 June 2024

On 9 June 2024, the World Trade Organization's headquarters will open its doors! This edition commemorates the 30th anniversary of the 1994 Marrakesh agreement leading to the birth of the WTO on 1 January 1995. Guided tours, Q&A with WTO staff, a photo exhibition, and diverse activities for children are a few examples of a rich program of events throughout the day. The above picture shows the mural fresco "La Dignité au Travail" by Maurice Denis given to ILO in 1931 by the International Confederation of Christian Trade Unions when the William Rappard Center housed the ILO in 1926.

3 June 2024

On 29 May, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) invites you to the panel discussion "The Geneva Conventions 75 years on : age-old universal values responding to contemporary challenges." This event marks this important milestone by recalling the principles of humanity and respect for human dignity as defined in the Geneva Conventions.

27 May 2024

Ahead of the 77th World Health Assembly, the World Heart Federation organizes the 9th edition of its flagship World Heart Summit from 24 to 26 May. Whether it concerns cardiovascular health and environmental change or opportunities and threats of AI in cardiovascular health - whether Universal Health Coverage and health financing are at stake, high-level experts will gather and discuss today's most pressing challenges in cardiovascular health. This heart of milk was taken by Martin Parr in Dublin, Ireland, in 2019.

23 May 2024

On 21 May, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and INTER PARES invite you to the round table: Connecting the superpowers of "digital natives" with parliament. The discussion will explore the benefits of digital natives' contribution to parliaments' pursuit of efficiency and independence. This scene was taken by Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna during a political meeting in Emilia-Romagna, Rimini, Italy, in 1985. 

14 May 2024

The Committee on the Rights of the Child is holding its 96th session until 24 May 2024. The Committee, composed of 18 independent international experts, monitors how States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocols comply with their obligations. This photograph was taken by Carolyn Drake during her journey in Water Valley, Mississippi, in 2019.  It is part of the book "Knit Club" TBW Books Publishing

6 May 2024

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks will be held from 29 April to 10 May. This forum operates as a platform for inter-network collaborations to improve humanitarian preparedness and response by gathering participants from the UN, NGOs, Member States, private sector, academia, and beyond. This still-life photograph of the belongings of internally displaced people was taken by Moises Saman during his journey in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan, in January 2024.

29 January 2024

In the framework of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) HQ meeting, the Geneva Press Club invites you to the Press Conference: "Is a Global Recession inevitable?" at CICG on 24 April. FIATA President Turgut Erkeskin, Dr. Stéphane Graber, FIATA Director General, and Dawit Woubishet, FIATA Airfreight Institute Chair, will share their insights on the role of the logistics industry in the face of today's challenges. You may register to participate either in person or remotely. The above image was taken in France by Harry Gruyaert in 2001. 

22 April 2024

No other place in the world than Geneva hosts such a range of organizations that tackle today's most pressing challenges. For the first time, 16 UN agencies and International organizations will convene at Balexert Mall from 16 to 21 April, where they invite the public to participate in various activities related to Humanitarian action, Human Rights, Health, Environment and Sustainable development, Labour, Trade, Science, Telecom, Peace, and Security. The above view of the Palais des Nations was taken by Luca Fascini in 2016 and is part of the book "International Geneva: 100 years of architecture" by Joëlle Kuntz, published by Slatkine.

15 April 2024

For their next conference, on 18 April, the International Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI) and the Maison internationale des Associations partner with the Office for International Solidarity. This event invites NGOs to be fully aware of the terms and conditions for receiving financial support from the State of Geneva's International Solidarity Fund to carry out initiatives in the field. Please note that registration is mandatory. This image was captured in 2018 by Emin Ozmen during his visit to Leer and Mayendit, South Sudan, where Doctors Without Borders was actively helping communities affected by conflict and displacement by providing necessary medical assistance.  

4 April 2024

The Route des Nations has officially opened! 1.2 km long - 80% of which is underground - this new infrastructure links, since 25 March, the airport, Place des Nations, and the heart of international Geneva. 

The project took almost 7 years to complete, and its main goal is to reduce traffic in the communes of Grand-Saconnex and Pregny-Chambésy. Additionally, it aims to improve public transport, optimize traffic conditions, and make active mobility safer. 

The GE-TRANSPORTS virtual information desk is at your service to answer any questions you may have about mobility. 



26 March 2024

To mark World Water Day on 22 March, the Permanent Mission of Slovenia, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the Geneva Water Hub Water invite you to the panel discussion "Water as a catalyst for cooperative climate action and peace." Opening remarks will be delivered by Prof. Celeste Saulo Secretary-General of the WMO, Mr Bruce Gordon UN-Water Vice-Chair, and H.E. Anita Pipan, Permanent Representative of Slovenia in Geneva. This suspended jump was captured by Magnum photographer Lua Ribeira in Canvey Island, England, in 2023. 

19 March 2024

From 14 to 24 March, the Open Geneva Innovation Festival will gather members of International Organizations, NGOs, academia, public and private sectors. Since 2017, the summit has served as a multistakeholder platform that aims to stimulate exchange, open up perspectives, and find solutions for social innovation, sustainable development, global health, media, and digital transformation. This image was taken in the Geysir geothermal area of Icelande in 2024 by Magnum photographer Martin Parr

Monday 11 March 2024

It has been a year since the first discussions were initiated between high-level representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, diplomats, and experts from the academic community to reflect on how international Geneva should adapt to a changing world. Whether it concerns multilateral negotiations, city diplomacy, AI and space governance, or water in the rules of war, whether it concerns humanitarian needs, Climate Action, or when human rights are at stake, the Geneva Policy Outlook addresses the challenges our world has to face and the opportunities to seize. Join the launching event of the GPO 2024 "How will Geneva remain relevant?," on 27 February, at the Maison de la Paix. This outstanding view of the Mont Blanc was taken, by Luca Fascini, from the gardens of the Palais des Nations and its famous “Celestial Sphere.”

21 February 2024

In a fragmented world and given the urge to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, the Graduate Institute invites you to the panel discussion "How can International Geneva advance social justice?" Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, UNCTAD, Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General, ILO, Paul Ladd, Director, UNRISD, and Marie-Laure Salles, Director, Geneva Graduate Institute, will discuss the importance of harnessing the diversity of actors that form the International Geneva ecosystem to bringing crosscutting responses and taking courageous action to advance social justice. This young hairdresser above was pictured in the Kasungu region, Malawi. He uses a hair clipper powered by a solar panel offered by the ILO. 

14 February 2024

The CEDAW has opened its 87th session in Geneva and runs until 16 February. Made up of independent experts, the Committee is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Adopted by the United Nations in 1979 and ratified, to date, by 189 States parties, the Convention is an essential legal instrument for protecting and promoting the fundamental rights and dignity of women and girls. This woman, walking with determination down a street in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, was photographed by Sabiha Çimen in 2022.

31 January 2024

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GMFD) will hold its summit, in Geneva, from 23 to 25 January under the theme "The Impact of Climate Change on human mobility." For the first time, the chairmanship will raise the cultural aspect of migration. This new dimension brought to the summit should "initiate discussions on the many facets of migration, from its economic, social, and environmental" point of view "to the wealth of cultural interactions it generates." The image above was taken by Lindokuhle Sobekwa at the Dagahaley Camp sports field in Dadaab, Kenya, in 2021. It is part of the story "Collages of Refugees from the Dadaab Camp."

Monday 22 January 2024


The Geneva Science Policy Interface annual call for projects is open until 2 February 2024. Whether you are "a scientist willing to engage with policy actors and channel your research towards policy needs" or an "international policy professional looking to ground your work in scientific expertise," all you need to know regarding the Impact Collaboration Programme application is available here. Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins took this image in 2004 in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Because the sea level rises and makes the Pacific Ocean a constant threat, containers filled with rocks and heavy objects are installed along the shore. 

22 December 2023

The Global Refugee Forum - the world's largest international gathering on refugees - takes place from 13 to 15 December at the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva. A wide range of linked events will run throughout the Forum. Like the Geneva State Council, if you wish to have your picture taken and record a message to express your support for UNHCR's work on behalf of refugees, Switzerland for UNHCR invites you to participate in the Inside Out "Hope Away From Home" public action on 13 and 14 December Place de Neuve between 9.30 and 16.30. 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said about this picture: "Behind every photo is a person forced from their home and a story of displacement, dispossession and suffering. They merit our attention and support not just with humanitarian aid, but in working together to find solutions to their plight." This family was photographed in Greece by Paolo Pellegrin in 2016. It is part of a set of commented images to mark the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

11 December 2023

How can we shape the future of the digital economy more inclusively and sustainably? UNCTAD's eWeek starts today, 4 December, with an ambitious program that will gather 3,000 stakeholders from 130 countries to "turn digital opportunities into shared development gains and close existing divides for a sustainable future." The above scene was taken, by UNICEF, in Sudan where E-learning is an alternative to "protect the right to education when students are affected by recurring floods." 

Monday 4 December 2023