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Library Talks

Library Talks

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.

28 April 2016
La publication de deux nouveaux rapports sur l'éducation ouvre des perspectives novatrices, tout en adoptant une approche basée sur les droits de l’homme. Rejoingnez-nous pour découvrir une nouvelle vision de l'éducation.
22 April 2016
In 1928, Lady Mary Heath became the first person to fly solo from Cape Town to London. Her amazing journey seems to have been forgotten until eighty-five years later in 2013, when Tracey Curtis-Taylor set out in a vintage biplane to re-create a world’s first, and fly that adventure again. The award-winning documentary film, “The Lady Who flew Africa: The Aviatrix”, tells the story of Tracey’s solo journey of 10,000 miles against the breath-taking backdrop of Africa, overcoming freak weather, technology failure and risks in war-torn countries.
21 April 2016
Come and meet Tracey Curtis-Taylor, whose vision, courage and passion endowed her with the determination and discipline which are the hallmarks of her exciting and extraordinary life. Listen and be inspired as she shares her unique experiences in a lifetime of adventure – a triumph of the human spirit.
6 April 2016
Agenda 2030 is ambitious in its vision, "transforming our world", broad in its 17 goals and 169 targets, and universal in its application to all countries. Is it good news for women? In this panel, experts from the UN and academia will reflect on the SDGs’ potential, strengths and weaknesses from a gender perspective, and the challenges of their implementation.
16 March 2016
Steven L. B. Jensen’s prize-winning work fundamentally reinterprets the history of international human rights in the post-1945 era by documenting how pivotal the Global South was for their breakthrough. The book is based on archival work in 10 different countries, including with extensive use of the UN Library Collection. In stark contrast to other contemporary human rights historians who have focused almost exclusively on the 1940s and the 1970s – heavily privileging western agency – Steven L. B. Jensen convincingly argues that it was in the 1960s that universal human rights had their breakthrough. The book is both a broad-ranging history of human rights as well as a history of the United Nations and the importance of international organization.
10 March 2016
Violations of religious freedom and violence committed in the name of religion grab our attention on a daily basis. Freedom of religion or belief is a key human right, enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and numerous conventions, declarations and soft law standards.
12 February 2016
Join us at the UN Library Geneva for an event on the occasion of the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers (Red Hand Day). This is a unique opportunity to get introduced to the educational comic book series jointly developed by UNITAR and the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia. In a time where children are increasingly affected by armed conflicts, the diverse panel will discuss innovative approaches to address the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, including through drawings and other creative means. Participants of the event will be able to express their support of ending the use of children as soldiers through leaving a symbolic red hand print.
8 February 2016
Without gender equality in the main articles of the UN Charter, the advancement of women these last seventy years would have been far more difficult. Historical discussion tends to focus on the implementation and extension of the provisions of the Charter, and yet the history of gender equality is given little attention. Ask even specialists how this came about, and the answer is generally: “Was it Eleanor Roosevelt?”
5 February 2016
Join us at the UN Library Geneva for an event commemorating United Nations General Assembly Resolution A65/5, sponsored by the Kingdom of Jordan and approved in 2010. Hear a discussion on the role of faith in peace-building and on how faith-based organizations can support social and economic development in synergy with the new 2030 Agenda.
26 January 2016
Get an insight into the field of Humanitarian Work Psychology (HWP), which, through the scientific study of the workplace, offers expertise about the well-being and performance of people in their work environment. Find out how HWP benchmarks against the developmental goals set out in Agenda 2030.

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