Mines and explosive remnants of war maim and kill thousands of people every year. These explosive hazards result in girls, boys, women, and men acquiring debilitating injuries that often have long-term consequences for their families and communities.
Co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, in close collaboration with all UN agencies, the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017 takes place at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva this week (12-16 June) and is expected to welcome more than 2,500 international participants from 150+ countries, thus representing the world's largest annual multi-stakeholder gathering of the information and communication technologies (ICT) for development community.
Five years ago, governments, pharmaceutical companies, NGOs and various stakeholders set themselves the ambitious target of controlling or eliminating 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) by 2020. Last April, the NTD 2017 Summit marked both the WHO's roadmap on NTDs and the London Declaration 5th anniversaries.
On March 24th, a small group of innovators hosted the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD) - a single day of radical collaboration dedicated to co-creating, accelerating and scaling solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Starting with solutions from over 100 organizations, more than 800 participants came to join in making a better world.
On 15 March, Angelina Jolie, the world-leading actress and UNHCR Special Envoy, discussed the necessity of internationalism in a lecture at Palais des Nations. Her talk was organized by the Graduate Institute and the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation to honor the memory of Sergio Vieira de
AQUA, the latest art project of ART for The World, is a worldwide traveling exhibition curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg which centers on environmental issues related to water, engaging a selection of works by 32 contemporary artists as a tool for reflecting on the role that this vital resource plays in our lives.
The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) turns 15 this year. With 134 events in Geneva and 300 guest speakers from 62 countries, the FIFDH is recognized as the premiere international event of its kind. The festival will take place from 10 to 19 March 2017 to coincide with the main session of the UN Human Rights Council.
22 February 2017 marked an important milestone in the history of global trade - the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Ambassadors from Rwanda, Chad, Jordan and Oman presented World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo with their countries' TFA instruments of acceptance, bringing the number of ratifications over the threshold needed for the deal to take legal effect.
The Think Tank Hub together with On Think Tanks launched, last January, the first edition of the Winter School for Thinktankers. It is addressed to young and proactive individuals who are committed to developing their knowledge and understanding of think tanks and preparing themselves to become policy entrepreneurs.
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organisation's (FAO) efforts. The objective is to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's three main goals are: the eradication of food insecurity & malnutrition; the elimination of poverty; and the sustainable management of natural resources.
The International Gender Champions - Geneva initiative has just celebrated its first anniversary. Its annual report, published on 2 November 2016, reviews its achievements and outlines the way forward for the second year.