Every week, discover a theme of International Geneva’s current events linked to an image of a renowned photographer.
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."
The 21st Meeting of the States Parties (21MSP) to the Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines starts today, 20 November. Through the lens of gender and employment, climate change and environment, humanitarian demining, and reinforcing financial, technical, and human resources, 350 representatives of states, IOs, NGOs, members of affected communities, and survivors of anti-personnel mines will meet and take stock of progress and challenges in mine clearance in 33 States Parties. Wounded by the explosion of an anti-personnel mine during a military expedition in 1987, this man was photographed by Sebastian Liste at the Furwus Capadife Rehabilitation Clinic in Managua, Nicaragua, in 2014.
The Young Activists Summit, the flagship event that gives a voice to young change-makers for a more sustainable world that respects human rights, will be held on 16 November, 2023, from 2.30 to 4.30 pm at the United Nations in Geneva. Under the theme "Peace and Reconciliation," the ceremony rewarding their achievements may be followed here. This photograph of students in front of the Burkina Institute of Technology was taken by Moises Saman in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, in 2021.
Many nature, climate change, and sustainable development-related events are to come this week. Whether it concerns climate change policies, the transition to net-zero carbon and fossil fuel supply management, economy and nature, or cooking sustainably, the following events will take place in Geneva or online between 8 and 10 November:
Because "it is more important than ever to talk about peace and offer a platform to those who are building it, day after day," the Kofi Annan Foundation, the Geneva Peace Building Platform, and the Graduate Institute invite you on 3 November to the "Kofi Annan Geneva Peace Address" delivered by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The event will be held in the Ivan Pictet Auditorium at the Maison de la Paix at 11 a.m. CET. You may register to attend in person here. Magnum photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin took this image of refugees coming ashore on the Greek island of Lesbos in 2015.
How does the press industry cover the activities of the organizations that form the International Geneva ecosystem? Today, 16 October, the Swiss Press Club invites you at 4 p.m. to the panel discussion on "The image of International Geneva in the international and Swiss media." You may join in person or online. Photographer Violaine Martin took the above scene featuring journalists waiting for the delegation before the opening of the Syrian Constitutional Committee at UN Geneva on 30 October 2019.
CERN's flagship center for science education and outreach has opened its doors. By providing hands-on experiments, real scientific objects, immersive environments, and interactivity to engage all aged visitors, CERN Science Gateway brings particle physics to life. With 1400 m2 of exhibitions, 260 m2 of labs, a 900-seat auditorium, a shop, and a restaurant, this emblematic building "inspired by the fragmentation and curiosity intrinsic to CERN" celebrates the beauty of science and its valuable contribution to the common good. For its renowned architect, Renzo Piano, it is "A bridge, forever bridges! A glass bridge which links the different themes and parts of Science Gateway while also allowing a physical encounter between researchers and children, visitors and physicists, tourists and scientists, all driven by curiosity and the thirst for knowledge."
On 3 October, at 12.15 pm, the Geneva Press Club invites you to the panel discussion "Development and humanitarian aid: is the funding of certain NGOs in danger?" Representatives from Alliance Sud, Care International, the SDC, and the Fédération genevoise de coopération will discuss the challenges they have to face and possible solutions to funding difficulties. You may attend or participate remotely through this link. Magnum photographer Matt Black took this image of the people of Gayiel, South Sudan, searching for spilled grain after a World Food Programme airdrop in 2016.
This event is supported by the Republic and State of Geneva. To mark this anniversary, the Vice-President of the State Council, Nathalie Fontanet, and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, will address the public in the lobby of the Palais Wilson at around 11:25.
This majestic front view of the Palais Wilson, photographed by Luca Fascini, is part of the book "Genève internationale, 100 Years of Architecture" by Joëlle Kuntz. The history of this monument facing the lake, built between 1873 and 1875 by Geneva architect Jacques-Elisée Goss, is told here.
On 27 September, The Lancet Commission on Women, power, and cancer, together with the U.S. National Cancer Institute, GENDRO, and ecancer, invites you to the Graduate Institute for the Global Launch of the Commission report. Key findings and recommendations of the report will be addressed, followed by a moderated panel discussion with thought leaders in global health and development, cancer policy, and women’s rights. This compelling scene is part of the 2006 World Press Photo awarded documentary "A Diary of Healing." Mary Ann Nilan was 39 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She asked the photographer, Christopher Capoziello, to account for every stage of her treatment.
Because "it is time to harness the power of trade to help drive climate action," the WTO's Public Forum is held under the theme "It is time for action." Starting today until 15 September, policymakers, industry leaders, academics, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders from around the globe will explore how to enhance trade for a sustainable future and contribute to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). In this context, the WTO invites you to discover "SDGs and Trade: Making Trade Work for People and Planet," exhibited until 2 October at Parc des Bastions, Geneva. This view of a "sea of wool" was taken by Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen in Bradford, England, in 2013.
From 4 to 15 September, Handicap International is teaming up with artist Saype to create a monumental fresco on the Place des Nations. Like the "Broken Chair," created by artist Daniel Berset, this collaboration aims to raise public awareness of the cause of "civilian populations afflicted by war." The sky view above was taken in 2019 in Geneva. This 5,000 m2 drawing by artist Saype is part of the "Beyond walls" project: hands joining together to form a large chain around the world.
To facilitate the arrival of International Geneva actors and their families, to help them better understand their functions and their new living environment, the CAGI organizes the "Practical Geneva - the key to a successful stay" lunch conference this Thursday, 31 August 2023. You may register through this link. This view of Geneva, at dusk, was taken in December 2022 by Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is 150 celebrates its 150th anniversary! Since 1873, the WMO - known back then as the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) - has provided "warnings of severe weather or water-related events, poor air quality, and long-term climate monitoring to help society be better prepared and protected." To mark this date, the Quai Wilson is hosting an exhibition of WMO's past and present achievements. The photography above was taken in Geneva at the Parc mon-repos in 1907. It is part of the exhibit that questions the visitors: "What was the highest temperature recorded in this location in August 1907?" 30. 9°C, 33.7°C or 41.1°C? You have until 30 August to discover the answer, Quai Wilson.
On 28 June, Switzerland for UNHCR invites you to the conference "Art and forced displacement" in the framework of the exhibition "Deflagrations more than a century of children's drawings in wars and mass crimes" at the International Museum of the Reformation. The participants will address art as a vehicle for awareness-raising, reparation, and inclusion in the context of forced displacement. The above images were taken on 20 June 2023, World Refugee Day, during the Inside Out photo booth project by JR organized by Switzerland for UNHCR and the Hospice général at the Rigot collective accommodation center, a facility for refugees and asylum seekers opposite UNHCR headquarters.
From 21 to 23 June, OCHA holds this year's ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Humanitarian (HAS) under the theme "Strengthening humanitarian assistance at a time of unprecedented global humanitarian needs: driving transformation and solutions to address the urgent challenges of rising food insecurity and the risk of famine, protection risks, and climate change." This image shows a family coping with seasonal flooding by building this wooden structure to climb on and stay dry when the water runs deep. It was taken in the Gaibandha District, Bangladesh, by Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen in 2010.
Thursday 15 June, Geneva for Human Rights: Global Training & Policy Studies organizes an expert seminar to mark the launch of the study "The Protection Roles of Human Rights NGOs" since the creation of the United Nations and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This wide-ranging study also addresses how NGOs are responding to future challenges such as artificial intelligence, robots in armed conflict, digital threats and the protection of human rights in outer space." The photograph above symbolizes "the challenges of childhood." It was taken in Mozambique by Cristina de Middel in collaboration with Bruno Morais in 2017 and is part of the series "Excessocenus."
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is holding its 111th International Labour Conference from 5 to 16 June, the largest gathering dedicated to the world of work. In this impetuous, 12 June will mark World Day Against Child Labour under the theme "Social Justice for All. End Child Labour!" Stating that: « The abolition of child labour is a cornerstone of the aspiration for social justice, through which every worker can claim freely and on the basis of equality of opportunity and treatment their fair share of the wealth that they have helped to generate. » Magnum photographer Emin Ozmen pictured Erich, 11 (left), and Kevser, 9, both Syrian girls, in 2018, while working in a lettuce field.
Today, 31 May, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) holds the Robotics for Good Grand Finale. Among the six finalists, a jury of experts will vote for the most innovative and scalable solution to help advance the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The public may submit votes for their favorite solution. The photographer Olivia Arthur pictured this woman holding the social robot called "LOVOT," a generation of robots with advanced artificial intelligence to nurture love, at Aalborg University, Denmark in 2021.