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.

 

2023

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: 

This majestic iceberg was pictured by Paolo Pellegrin at Ilulissat, Disco Bay, Greenland, in 2021. 

7 November 2023

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.

20 October 2023

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. 

16 October 2023

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." 

9 October 2023

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. 

3 October 2023

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is opening the doors of its Palais Wilson headquarters on Saturday 30 September. Starting at 10 a.m., the day will provide an opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to learn more about the work of the OHCHR. Whether you're wondering about the Declaration's role in promoting human rights around the world, or you're a fan of history or cultural heritage, the OHCHR is planning a rich program of activities suitable for everyone, including the very young. For security reasons, you are invited to register and bring your ID with you. 

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.

27 September 2023

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. 

21 September 2023

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. 

12 September 2023

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.

4 septembre 2023

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.

28 August 2023

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. 

21 August 2023

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.

26 June 2023

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. 

20 June 2023

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." 

12 June 2023

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. 

5 June 2023

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. 

 

30 May 2023

In the run-up to the 76th World Health Assembly, the World Heart Summit will take place both in Geneva and online from 19 to 21 May. This high-level multistakeholder event will address the most pressing issues in global cardiovascular health. Magnum photographer, Olivia Arthur, took this portrait in 2016, during a party in London, Great Britain, following Philippe Halsman’s famous "Jumpology" photoshoot method. 

15 May 2023

In collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Studies and the Interfaculty Centre for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum invites you on Thursday, 4 May, to the 4th edition of "Let's Talk about Mental Health" from an artistic and participatory approach. 

As part of the Generation COVID: Respond project of UNICEF, the photographer Alex Majoli has been commissioned to cover the consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on young people's mental health in 2021. It is in a small village in the province of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, and to prevent social isolation, that the Regional Council of Psychologists and the Lombardy Guarantor Authority for Childhood and Adolescence invited high school students to write about their vision of confinement. Anna (pictured left) was 14, when she became one of the laureates. Her story "Before I was different" is described here.
 

3 May 2023

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), organized annually by OCHA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), will be held from 17 to 28 April 2023. Since its inception in 2015, this conference has provided a space for practitioners and experts to connect and fosters a collaborative approach to address common challenges in crisis preparedness and response. The above scene was taken by Peter van Agtmael at the Bab al-Hawa Hospital, Syria, in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in February 2023. 

17 April 2023

To mark its 75th anniversary, the World Health Organization (WHO) presents the exhibition "Picturing Health, 75 years of progress and challenges" at Quai Wilson from 3 April to 1 May. For over 70 years, the WHO has assigned professional photographers to document its efforts to advance health for all, today constituting a collection of more than 58'000 images. As part of the exhibition, this portrait of a mother and child suffering from smallpox was taken in the early 70s by renowned Indian photojournalist T. Satyan. In 1980, the 33rd World Health Assembly endorsed the conclusions of the Global Commission for Certification of Smallpox Eradication that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide and that the return of the virus was unlikely." The Smallpox Archives are, since 2017, registered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

3 April 2023