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.



The International Council of Nurses Congress will be held virtually from 2-4 November 2021. Under the theme "Nursing in the World," UN officials, Policymakers, Health experts, and academics from around the world will gather to address the latest research and priorities in nursing and the future of healthcare. Here, an instant with a nurse in a reanimation room taken by Nanna Heitmann in June 2020, in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. 

1 November 2021

On 4 November, 2021, the Kofi Annan Foundation, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, and the Graduate Institute are pleased to invite you to the launch of the Kofi Annan Geneva Peace Address with the participation of Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2011 and President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. The photographer, Alex Majoli, took this portrait, in 2006, during the week of the inauguration of President Ellen-Johnson Sirleaf, in Monrovia, Liberia. 

25 October 2021

The Parties to the Aarhus Convention and Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) are meeting from 18 to 22 October 2021. Marking the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Aarhus Convention, this session will provide a multi-stakeholder platform "to discuss the challenges in promoting environmental democracy, digital transformation, and sustainable development." Magnum photographer Mark Power took those blocs of waste, in 2018, at the Paprec recycling plant, France.

18 Octobre 2021

From 11 to 22 October 2021, the WMO will hold an extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress. Most decisive items will be addressed, such as the global water agenda, the Earth System Data Exchange, and hydrology strategy and plan of action. This picture was taken by James Taylor in Australia and is part of the WMO 2016 Calendar Winners.

11 October 2021

The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Foundation holds its inaugural summit at the Campus Biotech from 7 to 9 October 2021. Over 500 participants (scientists, diplomats, UN officials, NGO representatives, academics, and decision-makers) will gather to address tomorrow's scientific and technological breakthroughs and how we can use them to benefit both humanity and the environment. Here, a drive at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, by Magnum photographer René Burri in 1981.

4 October 2021

In the framework of the Public Lecture Series "Women's Voices in the International Judiciary," the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies invites you, on 27 September 2021, to the conference "My life as a judge on the ICTR and ICC: did I make a difference?" with Dr. Navi Pillay.

27 September 2021

On 21 September 2001, for World Peace Day, Geneva Solutions, the Geneva Press Club, and Geneva Water Hub invite you to the conference "Water: weapon of war or instrument of peace?".

20 September 2021

On Monday 13 September 2021, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) organizes the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan under the auspices of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

13 September 2021

On 9 September 2021, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) will hold the "European virtual roundtable #3 - Collaborating for impact: cancer research that changes lives". This peaceful portrait was taken, by Paolo Pellegrin, in an oncological dispensary in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2005. This lady "recovered from a remission from stage 4 lymphosarcoma after 6 cycles of chemotherapy."

6 September 2021

On 30 and 31 August 2021, The Global Governance Centre at the Graduate Institute Geneva and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) invite you to be part of an ambitious multi-sectorial online conference on the "Global Governance of Plastic Pollution: Transforming the Global Plastics Economy." Here, the interrupted race of a multitude of plastic bags on the outskirts of the Tunisian city of Gafsa, photographed by Moises Saman in 2013.

30 August 2021

To mark its 50th-anniversary Médecins Sans Frontières presents the exhibition "Regards Témoins: 50 ans de terrain" in partnership with Magnum Photos. Until 23 September 2021, 19 photographs testify to the greatest humanitarian crises of the past and present and can be seen along the promenade des Bastions.

24 August 2021

From 28 to 3 July 2021, the CCNH World Summit on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation is live-streamed from Caux. This multi-stakeholder global event will gather humanitarian leaders, frontline negociators, humanitarian policymakers, scholars, and donors to address today’s most demanding issues.

28 June 2021

To mark the launch of the "United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030" strategy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invite you to a virtual event today, 8 June 2021, 12h00-13h20.

8 June 2021

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, and ILO's Director-General, Guy Rider, will open the Plenary session of the 109th International Labor Conference (ILC) to be held from 7 to 19 June 2021.

7 June 2021

On 26 May 2021, the Graduate Institute inaugurates the Geneva debate under the theme « La Maison estime que: the state should make vaccination against Covid-19 a legal requirement for its residents. » Initiated by students, the Geneva debate seeks to become the space where the most pressing challenges are discussed, reflected and where solutions are exposed in front of a jury.

25 May 2021

On 20 May 2021, the Internal Displacement monitoring centre (IDMC) organizes the virtual launch of the 2021 Global report on Internal Displacement. This impromptu barber set-up was pictured by, Magnum Photographer, Peter van Agtmael at the Al-Khazer IDP camp, in Iraq, in 2017.

17 May 2021

In the framework of the series of discussions "Connect with the GENvironment, Friday conversations with an environmental expert," the Geneva Environment Network (GEN) invites you on 14 May to meet Alice Tipping, Lead, Fisheries Subsidies at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Photographer Nanna Heitmann immortalized those fish caught by ice fishermen in 2019.

10 May 2021

On 11 May 2021, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Central Tracing Agency (CTA), the ICRC and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) organize the high-level online discussion "Transforming the global response for missing persons" with the participation of Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councilor, and head of the FDFA and Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC. This moving scene of a reunited family took place in July 2016 in the Makamba province, Burundi.

3 May 2021

"The Use of Remote Sensing and AI in the Mine Action Sector" is the theme of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) multi-sectorial webinar on 20 and 22 April 2021.

19 April 2021

From 12 to 15 April 2021, the "Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment" will convene global players with a multi-sectoral approach to enhance fair, ethical, and responsible recruitment of migrant workers. Patrick Zachmann pictured this scene above at "La Cravate Solidaire," an association that trains jobseekers before recruiting interviews. Here an advisor teaches how to tie a tie. 

12 April 2021