Every week, discover a theme of International Geneva’s current events linked to an image of a renowned photographer.
On 23 February 2023, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, known as the Declaration of Geneva, is 100 years old. This anniversary is the occasion to announce that the International Museum of the Reformation will present, from 27 April to 27 August, the exhibition "Déflagrations: more than a century of children's drawings in wars and mass crimes."
The exhibition will bring together more than 150 drawings by children who have witnessed, been victims of, and acted in armed conflicts from the First World War to the present day.
The International Cooperation Forum Switzerland will take place on 15 and 16 February under the theme "Education for Future." This event will bring together actors from international cooperation, business, finance, civil society, and research to address sustainable funding, innovative and practical solutions, and active youth participation for global quality education. This classroom scene pictures Syrian children in a makeshift school supported by the Turkish NGO "Support to Life." It was taken by Magnum photographer Emin Ozmen, in Hatay, Turkey, in 2018.
"How global governance needs to adapt to new world orders?" How do we accelerate the process from ideas to actions? What can be done now, and by whom? Those questions are at the core of the new digital publication "Geneva Policy Outlook," produced by the Geneva Graduate Institute. Key findings of this pilot edition, and a discussion with some authors on issues and negotiations to watch in 2023 will be presented at the launch event on 31 January. This school, built on stilts to avoid incidents due to the rise in water levels, was pictured by Sohrab Hura near Tacloban, Philippines. It is part of UNEP's commission of ten of Magnum's Photographers to document the solutions implemented to curb the rise of global temperatures. This photographic corpus resulted in the exhibition "We have the power: we are the change."
Since 2018, the 24 January marks the International Day of Education. It is the occasion to remind that the first Declaration of the Rights of the Child, known as the Declaration of Geneva, was adopted a hundred years ago, recognizing the existence of specific rights for children and that "humanity must give the child the best it has." This portrait of Somali girls at school was taken in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, in 2016, by Magnum photographer Newsha Tavakolian.
The 92 session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) starts today, 16 January, until 3 February. The Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights that must be realized for children, adolescents, and teenagers to develop to their full potential, and be protected from violence, abuse, and harm. This photograph was taken in Belbedji, Niger, in July 2021 by Zied Ben Romdhane. It is part of the story "Children of the Rain" and selected in the Witnesses: 50 years of Doctors Without Borders project.
"What will 2023 bring for digital geopolitics, AI, data, and cryptocurrencies? What issues will dominate the United Nations and multilateral agenda in Geneva and beyond?" Those questions, and numerous others, will be discussed at DiploFoundation's "Trends and Predictions for 2023" webinar on 12 January at 14:00 CET. The conceptual image above symbolizes the "Right to ensure human direction and control over artificial intelligence." It is the result of a collaboration between Magnum photographer Cristina de Middel and the International Federation for Human Rights to mark their Centenary in 2022.
2023 will mark the Centenary of the Declaration of Geneva. Born from the consequences of the Great War, this text was adopted on 23 February 1923 and recognized for the first time the existence of specific rights for children. This anniversary is therefore significant for International Geneva. It is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the activities of organizations working for children and young people throughout the world. In this impetus, the Office of International Geneva is pleased to continue next year, through its website, promoting the activities of the organizations of International Geneva and those who shape it. Happy Holidays!
On Wednesday, 13 December, CERN invites you to "Embark on the search for the invisible." Particle physicists are almost like detectives relying on their powers of deduction to find the culprit who left weird tracks. Which particle was it? Where did it come from? If no one saw it, was it ever really there?" You are encouraged to register to attend. This discrete Stingray was pictured by Trent Parke in Coral Bay, Australia, in 2003.
On 7 December, the secretariat of the Minamata Convention with the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) invites you to the "Mercury Health Risk Communication" webinar. This session will gather experts, health scientists, and IOs to share their knowledge on the human health risk of mercury and discuss opportunities and challenges in communicating health risks to the public and professionals. This photograph depicts a victim of Minamata disease with a representative of the Chisso Chemical Plant. It was taken in 1971 by the renowned photojournalist W. Eugene Smith. Smith spent four years in Minamata documenting the consequence of mercury pollution. He is the author of many books, notably, "W. Eugene Smith Master of the Photographic Essay."
The 113th Session of the IOM Council will take place from 29 November to 2 December. As underlined by Director General Antonio Vitorino in the 2023 Programme and Budget: "the past year has been one of institutional growth at a time of proliferating crisis (...) New challenges have emerged to which IOM has been called to respond, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, to Ukraine, while still supporting long-standing displacement situations from Bangladesh to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to Yemen." This scene was taken in the Rawdah camp for IDPs in Marib, Yemen by Magnum photographer Moises Saman in 2021.
To mark its 45th anniversary, the APT is organizing on 15 November - jointly with the commune of Chêne-Bougeries - a conference-debate dedicated to its founder "Jean-Jacques Gautier: his commitment to prevent torture." Convinced that it would be possible to prevent torture by opening the doors of all places of detention to external control, Jean-Jacques Gautier founded the Swiss Committee against Torture, now the APT, in 1977. The idea of a system of visits to places of deprivation of liberty was first realized, in Europe, in 1987. Then, the APT succeeded in convincing the international community of the relevance of an optional protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), adopted in 2002.
A Crisis in Peacekeeping? What Room for Peace Operations in the New Agenda for Peace? - A Geneva Security Debate organized by the GCSP that will explore, through a panel of experts, what peace operations could and should look like and entail in 2024? This event will take place online on 11 November. The image above shows a team of the United Nations Deployment Force patrolling the North Macedonia – Kosovo border in 1998, by Nikos Economopoulos.
The World Summit on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation, the CCHN's flagship event, will take place from 1 to 3 November. Shaped by humanitarian professionals' real-life challenges, the program offers several sessions led by experts from around the world and, for the first time, a negotiation simulation run by experienced frontline negotiators. This picture belongs to the ICRC's audiovisual collection. It was taken at the end of the Rwandan genocide on 20 August 1994. About 1500 Rwandan refugees at the time crossed the Ruzizi Bridge to get to Zaire, where they invaded the city of Bukavu. Here the Rwanda-Zaire border is temporarily closed. As revealed in the picture, frontline negotiations happen in tense and insecure environments, the results of which are often life-saving operations for the population concerned.
This 27 October, on the occasion of UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the geneveMonde.ch platform, will be launched. A unique editorial initiative, never realized before: telling the story of international Geneva with the help of RTS archives, organizations present in Geneva, and especially with documents from the public. It is thus a new form of storytelling that will take shape throughout publications in a participatory dynamic. The ambition of geneveMonde.ch, composed of two journalists and a historian, is to identify all those moments of history that allow a better understanding of the "world city" that is Geneva and to contribute to opening it up in the eyes of the general public. This shared history of international Geneva, at the crossroads of history, memory, and remembrance, is launched under the aegis of the FONSART (Foundation for the safeguard and valorization of the audiovisual heritage of the RTS).
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) holds the World Cancer Congress in Geneva from 18 to 20 October. Through a multidisciplinary program that presents the latest successful interventions in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care, experts and leaders will deliver a suite of innovative and interactive sessions covering the full spectrum of cancer control. Nancy Borowick spent years photographing her parents undergoing parallel treatments for stage four cancer. This multi-rewarded intimate family story is part of the book entitled "The Family Imprint: A Daughter's Portrait of Love and Loss," Hatje Kantz publishing, and will be shown at the Xposure festival in February 2023.
The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation annual Summit will take place at the Campus Biotech from 12 to 14 October. The core program will focus on a yearly update of GESDA's Science Breakthrough Radar, presenting 40 scientific trends produced by 1000 scientists worldwide and Solution Pathways that generate momentum for change, such as the Open Quantum Initiative, the Neurotech Compass or Accelerating Decarbonization. You may register here to attend virtually. The image above was taken by famous photojournalist and Magnum founder Henri Cartier-Bresson at Les Yvelines in France in 1968.
"Is finance transitioning quickly enough to meet climate imperatives? This question is part of the high-level Summit and over 65 community-led events of the Building Bridges 2022 edition. Participants from the finance sector, NGOs, academia, governments, and international organizations will gather from 3 to 6 October to accelerate the transition to a sustainable financial system. The picture above was taken in Tanzania by Magnum photographer Steve McCurry in May 2014.