The Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva hosts on a regular basis "Library Talks", geared towards gathering members of the international community in Geneva to discuss subjects of key importance for the United Nations.
29 May 2015
In "The Fog of Peace", Jean-Marie Guéhenno reflects on some of the most difficult questions facing international interventions today. Mr. Guéhenno draws on his experience as the head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 2000 to 2008, a period that included intense negotiations and spiraling crises in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. He returned to the United Nations in 2012 as Kofi Annan’s deputy in negotiations designed to find a - so far elusive - sustainable political solution to the war in Syria.
27 May 2015
Foreign investments in the energy sector raise formidable legal questions, often requiring a delicate balance between the private and public interests of the various stakeholders. They are also crucial from the standpoint of international stability and security as well as for economic development, which often depends on the production or consumption of energy products. Furthermore, the economic activities carried out by multinational companies in the energy sector may have huge implications and often negative consequences on other spheres such as compliance with safety and labour standards, protection of the environment, respect of indigenous peoples rights, and protection of public health. The panel discussion will present the findings of the publication “Foreign Investment in the Energy Sector” and highlight environmental and legal aspects.
22 April 2015
This panel discussion is centred around the presentation of the book: “Women of Power”, the first comprehensive overview of how women made it to the top of the political leadership in the years after World War II until 2010. The Norwegian author, senior researcher and politician Torild Skard, analysed the backgrounds and careers of 73 women presidents and prime ministers in 53 countries within a broad context of international developments. The book explores questions such as: What happened when the established patterns of male political dominance broke and national top leaders were women instead of men? How did women manage to climb all the way to the highest political positions? And even further, when top leaders were women and not men, did it make a difference for policies and decisions? A panel of experts will provide additional views on women in power, gender balance and the United Nations.
At this occasion, Torild Skard will also give a short presentation on the Norwegian artist Henrik Sørensen and his work “The Dream of Peace”, a fresco showcased in the Library Events Room.
10 March 2015
Cette table ronde est organisée à l’occasion de la parution de l’ouvrage : Commentaire sur le Pacte de la Société des Nations, Bruylant, 2014, sous la direction du Professeur Robert Kolb (Université de Genève).
Le Pacte de la Société des Nations est un texte fondateur pour le développement des organisations internationales au XXe siècle. Aucune recherche en la matière ne peut s’abstraire du point de départ de 1919. La Charte des Nations Unies, elle-même texte fondateur de l’organisation politique mondiale actuelle, s’en inspire directement, tant lorsqu’elle en prolonge les principes que quand elle cherche à rompre avec eux. Comprendre la Charte, dans son texte d’origine, qui n’a été que très peu remanié depuis 1945, impose aujourd’hui encore de se référer au Pacte de la Société des Nations.
20 February 2015
The social contracts of the 20th century face myriad challenges today: economic, financial and ecological crises; growing uncertainty; backlash against human rights and social justice. Civil society, grassroots organizations and social movements are calling for new social contracts, challenging the underlying power relationships and the intersections between them.
At this panel discussion, key speaker Gita Sen and her co-panelists talk about the role of feminist movements in the remaking of social contracts. They will help untangle some of the complex power relationships that need to be addressed, if new social contracts are to fulfil the promise of human rights and gender justice.
5 February 2015
Cultural heritage is often a silent casualty of war. Today satellite imagery technology allows an unbiased look at the consequences of armed conflics on cultural sites. UNOSAT, the UNITAR Operational Saellite Applications Programme, has recently released a study illustrating the loss of important heritage across conflict-stricken Syria. This Library Talk will guide us through the articulated international law system for the important sites in Syria. The session will also tackle the importance of preserving archives and libraries from the rage of war.
22 January 2015
Based on the personal experiences of the author, Sir John Holmes, "The Politics of Humanity" describes the problems of humanitarian agencies and NGOs trying to deliver aid impartially, in the face of governments who too often want to manipulate it for their own purposes. Sir John Holmes, Director of the Ditchley Foundation, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, will give a presentation of his book and participate in a panel discussion with other subject experts.
The event is organized in collaboration with the Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.