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.



From 16 to 18 December 2019, the UNHCR and the Government of Switzerland will jointly host in Geneva the first-ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF). The two-day global conference is the first gathering at the Ministerial level to follow up on the practical implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. 

16 December 2019

The Young Activists Summit "Women and Girls Driving Progress" will be held on 10 December 2019 at the Palais des Nations on the occasion of Human Rights Day. This Summit will bring together six young female activists.

9 December 2019

From 4 to 12 December 2019, the Humanitarian Trail is like an open-space museum featuring walking routes between landmarks that are rich in history and symbolism, with temporary exhibitions and events to experience along the way, all based on the themes of the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

2 December 2019

The Geneva Environment Network (GEN) is a cooperative partnership of more than 100 environmental and sustainable development organizations based in the Geneva region. To mark GEN’s 20th anniversary, a special PechaKucha Night and High-Level Discussion on the role of Geneva in placing the environment on the highest political agenda will be organized on 25 and 26 November 2019 at the International Environment House II.

25 November 2019

According to the World Health Organization, two billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities. How do governments and organisations address this sanitation crisis? On 19 November, the "Toilet Revolution" event, organized by Heidi News and the Graduate Institute with the support of  the Toilet Board Coalition and UN-Water. will focus on digital health innovations in the field of sanitation and will shed light on organisations based in Geneva working to improve the global sanitation landscape.

18 November 2019

To pay tribute to the civilian victims of armed conflict, Handicap International will unveil an Unknown Civilian Memorial under the Broken Chair on 14 November 2019. For more information about the event, dowload the flyer or visit the Facebook page. At the same time, a travelling exhibit entitled «Stop bombing civilians» will be presented on the Place des Nations from November 11 to 17.

11 November 2019

The Geneva Peace Week will take place from 4 to 8 November 2019. Over 100 partners, including NGOs, International Organizations and Diplomatic Missions, will organize more than 70 events over five days, covering different angles and approaches to peacebuilding.

28 October 2019

The International Labour Office (ILO)  will open its doors to the public for the first time in 100 years on Tuesday, 15 October. For one working day, the ILO invites you, in collaboration with the Fondation pour Genève, to discover its 100 years of action on the ground but also to dialogue together on the future of the world of work. 

14 October 2019

Can the financial sector help solve some of the major challenges world agriculture is facing ? This question, among others, will be debated during the Building Bridges Week that will take place in Geneva between 7 and 11 October 2019. Building Bridges Week's objective is to foster new conversations and collaborations that will accelerate the finance industry’s contribution to the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This Peruvian traditional sheep farming was pictured in September 2017, by Magnum Photos member Moises Saman.

7 October 2019

From 5 October 2019 to 1 March 2020, the Bodmer Foundation presents the War and Peace exhibition, organized in partnership with the UNOG and the ICRC. Trough the rare items from the patrimonies of the Bodmer Foundation and the partner institutions, the exhibition aims to inform visitors on the everlasting dialogue between man’s warlike nature and his deep desire for peace.

30 September 2019

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC organizes “Voices from the field”. On 18 September, humanitarian workers and victims of armed conflicts will share some stories of how international humanitarian law (IHL) has had a positive impact. This image shows the ICRC leading a role-playing session to explain the rules of IHL to national guards in San Salvador, Salvador in 1988.  

15 September 2019

Almost 30 years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, its Committee will hold its 82nd session from 9 to 27 September at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at Palais Wilson.

9 September 2019

The Ninth Meeting of States Parties (9MSP) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) will be held from 2 to 4 September 2019 in Room XX at the Palais des Nations. The photojournalist and TED member Laura Boushnak spent over 10 years documenting the survivors of cluster bombs.

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The 71st and 72nd meeting of the CITES Standing Committee along with the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties will be held from 16 to 28 August at Palexpo. This photo of a tortoise was taken in 1997 by Stuart Franklin in the Galapagos Islands. 

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Handicap International Switzerland invites you to HI Yoga Nations under the Broken chair on July 16 and 30. Here, photographer Christopher Anderson takes us to the top of the Chase Manhattan building, NYC.

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The 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held from 15 to 17 July at the Palais des Nations.

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IPU celebrates its 130th anniversary! Frédéric Passy (left) and William Randall Cremer (right) founded the IPU in 1889. Both won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 and 1903 respectively, for their work in solving international disputes through mediation.

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What were the main trends in digital policy in the first six months, and how are they expected to impact developments in the future? On July 2, Geneva Internet Platform invites you to "Digital policy in 2019: A mid-year review". The man chatting above was pictured by Alex Majoli in Lagos, Nigeria in 2003.

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The Geneva Platform on Human Rights, Health and Psychoactive Substances, supported by the GREA and the Institute of Global Health of the University of Geneva, will hold the Geneva Drug Policy Week from 24to 28 June 2019.

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This week, we invited Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO, to choose an image on the occasion of the International Labour Conference to be held from 10 to 21 June 2019. “Since 1919, the International Labour Organization has been in the frontline bringing together governments, workers and employers to advance social justice and promote decent work.

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