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Library Events 2015

The Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva organizes events that bring together members of the international community with the Geneva public to exchange information and ideas on subjects that are of key importance to the United Nations.

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3 December 2015
As the United Nations just celebrated its 70th anniversary, the UNOG Library highlights the continuities that have shaped its history from the early peace movements in the late 19th century to the recent past. A series of presentations, workshops and a pre-view of the United Nations at Geneva Museum. Join us for this very special event! Registration here.
23 November 2015
The year 2015 inaugurates a time for global action. In September heads of state adopted the next generation of goals for our people and our only home – planet Earth. Agenda 2030 is one of the most far reaching agendas ever adopted by the United Nations and also a historic inflexion point for the global approach to development. If all the Earth’s inhabitants are to be able to enjoy the dividend of the SDGs, everyone will have to contribute, participate and adapt their behaviours. But many countries and stakeholders will need to increase their capacity before they can engage effectively. This panel will discuss what capacity is needed to implement the ambitious plan enshrined in Agenda 2030 and what the UN is planning to do to research and design tools to help countries generate this capacity. Geneva hosts some of the key UN entities that are working in these important areas.
18 November 2015
As part of the Geneva Peace Week programme and on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, this panel will examine the evolution of the role of international organizations for the maintenance of peace and security. The creation of the UN represented a sort of 'revolution' in international relations due to its complex institutional structure, its broad mandate and the legal relevance of its acts. The celebration of the organization’s anniversary will give a valuable opportunity to discuss current trends in international institutional law. This debate will also shed some light on the deficiencies and limits of this branch of international law, specifically with reference to the emerging question of the accountability of international organizations in the area of peace and security. The event includes a presentation of “Evolutions in the Law of International Organizations” edited by Roberto Virzo and Ivan Ingravallo, General introduction by Niels Blokker (Brill/Nijhoff 2015).
12 October 2015
At this Library Talk, author and journalist Kyra Núñez-Johnsson presents her biography of Gertrude Duby Blom, which retraces this fascinating woman’s life and her legacy for Switzerland, Mexico and the world. Additional panellists will illustrate Duby Blom’s achievements in her engagement for indigenous peoples and for the environment.
30 September 2015
This panel discussion is centered around the launch of the book "United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations: corporate conduct and the public interest". An expert panel will discuss the experiences and the lessons learned from UNCTC in the context of today's discussions on a binding code of conduct on transnational corporations.
21 September 2015
On the special occasion of the International Day of Peace, we are honoured to invite you to an exceptional event with eminent speakers. The four founding members of the global initiative "Rising Women Rising World" will share with us their views on the future and the important role women have in promoting peace.
8 September 2015
Join us for a conversation with Lenín Moreno, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Disability and Accessiblity and former Vice-President of Ecuador, who has a unique mandat to advocate for persons with disability and a more inclusive society. (Event held in Spanish) Le invitamos a un conversatorio con el Enviado Especial del Secretario General para la Discapacidad y la Accesibilidad. Lenín Moreno ha sido Vice Presidente del Ecuador y candidato al Premio Nobel de la Paz.
15 July 2015
In a world that continues to experience all too high levels of instability and conflict, it is important to examine the role that religious leaders can play in promoting peace, rights and well-being. This UN Library Special Event contributes to the ongoing conversation about how religious leaders of all faiths and backgrounds can harness their particular links with communities to help build a better world.
30 June 2015
With different events organized during the two-day conference and the participation of experts from all over the world, the conference is an annual international forum aimed at effective cooperation and exchange of experience among volunteers from different countries and at spreading successful social voluntary practices.
25 June 2015
The Sustainable Development Goals chart a new course for the eradication of poverty. Through this inclusive process we are all concerned. This panel discussion will look at how each one of us can contribute to ending extreme poverty through sustainable consumption, savings and donations, and by launching initiatives.
19 June 2015
Be inspired by Ambassador Ivonne A-Baki, accomplished diplomat, academic and artist, who gives us a personal account about the power of peace and reconciliation.
15 June 2015
Japan is now the 2nd and China the 6th largest funder of United Nations peacekeeping worldwide, while South Korea contributes more than some European countries. The Asian stake in peacekeeping is large and the role of these three countries keeps growing, especially since peacekeeping is supplemented with humanitarian assistance to conflict-prone countries. This symposium will review these trends and discuss the implications of the growing Asian commitment for United Nations peace operations.
4 June 2015
The Garbage Patch State® is a nation invented by Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci, who will be the key speaker at this UNOG Library Talk. The Garbage Patch is one of the most serious forms of pollution caused by humankind. It is a territory that comprises five areas of man-made rubbish scattered in the North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Land-based sources - such as agricultural run-off, discharge of nutrients and pesticides and untreated sewage including plastics - account for approximately 80% of this debris that ultimately enters the food chain. To better convey the existence of this intangible phenomenon, Cristina Finucci created WASTELAND, an artwork consisting of a system of concrete actions. These unfold through time and through various locations with the intent to disseminate a series of “clues” about the existence of the Garbage Patch State® on the international scene. The official facebook page of this ambitious project announces that the Garbage Patch State has been recognized as a federal state with a “population” of 36,939 tons of garbage, with a performance at UNESCO on 11 April 2013. The State was discovered in 1989, it covers an area of 15,915,933 square meters, and its flag to wave is blue, like the oceans it pollutes.
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.

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