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Library Events 2016

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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8 December 2016
This special event for the Human Rights Day showcasing how the destructive drama of political transition can become a constructive theatre of transformation.
1 December 2016
Join us for a conversation with Zero Waste Guru Bea Johnson her personal experience, tribulations and secrets to achieving zero waste by living a simple yet stylish lifestyle and achieve happiness at the same time
28 November 2016
Journalist, photographer, documentalist, social activist, adventuress and the “Queen of the Jungle” - Gertrude Duby Blom (1901-1993) was legendary, and we will tell her story.
21 November 2016
The JIU is celebrating its 50th anniversary - an occasion to reflect on its achievements and examine today’s challenges for the effective implementation of the Unit’s mandate as the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations system. Join us to meet the Inspectors!
17 November 2016
Join us for an extraordinary conversation between Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, José Ramos-Horta, and the author, Yasmine Sherif. Over one hundred of the greatest leaders, artists, and philosophers who have walked the earth, gather at the Security Council in New York City to help us resolve seemingly insurmountable challenges, set new standards for 21st century leadership, and chart the way forward.
15 November 2016
Bangladesh and Ethiopia are two examples of countries where girls’ independent migration is on the rise. Why are adolescent girls migrating and what happens to them and their families? The film provides space for the powerful voices of migrant girls: Lota and Sharmeen in Bangladesh, Tigist and Helen in Ethiopia, who speak about their own circumstances, experiences, and dreams for the future. This film is based on research funded by the Swiss Network of International Studies, Girl Effect Ethiopia, Terre des Hommes, University of Sussex, UK and the Feminist Review Trust. Cet énévement a lieu en anglais.
11 November 2016
How do peacebuilders actually build peace? What tools do they have and how can I use them? Be inspired by these unique stories and connect with others to equip yourself with your personal tools to promote peace.
8 November 2016
Peace and rule of law is at the heart of the work of the International Court of Justice. A photo exhibition that brings to life 70 years of the remarkable work of the World Court will be on display as part of the Geneva Peace Week from 8 to 15 November 2016.
26 October 2016
In September 2015, UN member states agreed to a new development agenda for the next 15 years. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and probably 20 times that number of targets are a partial guide for future action by the UN development system, although many essential items are missing. What will be the role of the UN and how will it be funded?
21 October 2016
In The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in the Contemporary World, the founder of ART for The World, Adelina von Fürstenberg moderates the panel discussion of four distinguished speakers, each representing a unique perspective on participation in arts; Art and Culture will be explored as a pillar of sustainability in our contemporary world.
11 October 2016
The independence of international civil servants from their countries of origin is a central aspect of the deontology of international organizations. Academic research has been looking into how this principle is reflected in reality. The findings show that conflict of interest is a matter of concern for international staff and that there is a correlation between staff seniority and the exposure to the risk of conflicts of interest.
7 October 2016
Despite unanimous support for gender equality in political decision-making, the participation of women in the United Nations generally remains far below 50 percent. How can we move towards the 50/50 goal?
3 October 2016
Six years since the Greek crisis erupted, Europe has been fundamentally transformed, while Greece is in its third bailout, still in severe social and economic decline. The book by former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou tells the breath-taking story of this unprecedented period and prompts a broad discussion on the decisions taken during the crisis and on the direction that Europe is taking today.
23 September 2016
The UN has sought reform ever since its inception to adjust its role to the changing landscape of international relations. “Reforming the UN : A Chronology” illustrates the efforts by each Secretary-General and their initiatives ranging from developing the concept of peace-keeping to expanding economic and social impact. Change in response to the North-South conflict was followed by a crisis of confidence, calling for fundamental management reform. With the end of the Cold War, enlarging the Security Council, strengthening peacekeeping, new mechanisms to protect human rights, gender policy and improved aid efficiency were sought. Nowadays, delivering on Agenda 2030 and climate change commitments requires further adjustment. This publication is enhanced by a chronology describing parallel reform tracks.
7 September 2016
The Legatum Institute's 2016 Africa Prosperity Report presents new data and observations on Africa's recent growth performance and continent-wide measures of its prosperity and wellbeing. Finally, it provides recommendations on how to accelerate the continent's prosperity despite slower growth. Panellists will share their perspectives on spurring Africa's growth, prosperity and socio-economic development within the current global economic context.
1 September 2016
“Wir sind UNO” (We are the UN) is a collection of authentic insiders’ views from German UN staff based on 45 interviews conducted by editor Ekkehard Griep with UN colleagues from various corners of the Organization, willing to share their experiences in total honesty. The result is a compelling portrait of our Organization, where thousands of dedicated staff in offices all around the world carry out each day the mandates stemming from the decisions of UN Member States.
15 July 2016
Join us for the book launch: "The Distinction between International and Non-International Armed Conflicts: Challenges for IHL?". The panel discussion will examine and discuss fundamental questions regarding the application of international humanitarian law and of International Human Rights Law in international and non-international armed conflicts. Friday, 15 July 2016, 12 - 1 pm., Library Events Room (B-135), Building B, Door 20, 1st Floor.
28 June 2016
This library talk will discuss key issues in the field of volunteerism, and will feature speakers who will share their unique experiences and inspiring insights.
24 June 2016
Discussion on political and cultural perspectives with Georgia’s State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
15 June 2016
This Library Talk is also an opportunity to present a new book entitled "Néolibéralisme et Éducation" by Jean Luis Chancerel and Sacha Varin (2015), publications by NORRAG (Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training) and an overview of The Swiss Development Cooperation’s new strategy regarding cooperation in education for African Least Developed Countries.
13 June 2016
Fridtjof Nansen was a dedicated scientist, an audacious adventurer, and an indefatigable saviour of human beings displaced by conflict. This event celebrates the man and his legacy.
9 June 2016
There is an apparent deterioration of the situation of human rights defenders around the world. The lives of journalists, activists, and those who dare to expose human rights violations are likely to be targeted, politicized and subjected to harassment, stigmatization, criminalisation, and violence. An increase of murders has been reported in a number of countries. In the book “Raising the Bar”, Margaret Sekaggya, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, expressly advocated for the protection of defenders’ human rights, including by the enactment of protective legislation and the provision of psychosocial support. By sharing her experiences and expertise, she hopes to advocate for the right of defenders to work on their mandates free from fear and intimidation. Should the states do more to protect human rights defenders? How can the United Nations and other relevant actors better position themselves? This panel discussion will elaborate more on these issues, looking at different perspectives to address today’s and future challenges in promoting and protecting the human rights of defenders.
26 May 2016
In 1994, the genocide that raged for 100 days placed Rwanda in a tragic light for the rest of the world. Two decades later, the country is setting an example as a model for reconciliation and is admired for its high rate of women’s participation in politics and public life. Justine Mbabazi has made a significant contribution to this positive development. Justine Mbabazi is a renowned peace activist and international lawyer who specializes in human rights, gender, conflict management and transitional justice. In Rwanda, she helped shape various reforms and played a decisive part in transforming Rwanda to a country with over 60 percent of women in parliament. In addition, she has worked in almost every area of conflict in the world: Burundi, Rwanda, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and South Sudan to name just a few. Justine grew up in various refugee camps in Uganda, where her parents had fled during the first Rwandan civil war in 1959. Later, she returned to Rwanda and played a critical role in its reconstruction after the genocide that claimed more than 1.5 million lives. Justine is the author of “This is your Time, Rwanda: The emerging story of a bold nation and its brilliant destiny,” (2012). She has a Masters Degree in International Law (LL.M) from Washington College of Law and is trained in Executive Education as a global change agent from Harvard.
24 May 2016
The recent economic trends and the challenges posed by the global crisis reinforce the importance of implementing strategies for development as opposed to leaving the economy to market forces. In this context, it is essential to have a strategic compass for long-run economic development, either explicitly or implicitly, which comprises macroeconomic policies, sectoral policies (including the financial sector, trade and industrial policies), institution building in key areas and development-friendly global governance.
18 May 2016
This panel discussion brings together authors who contributed to the book to present an overview of the book’s content. The book examines the experience of five developing countries (South Africa, Indonesia, India, Argentina, and Ecuador) reviewing their approach to international investment agreements and discussing alternative approaches. It addresses the relationship between foreign direct investment, investment agreements and economic development. The book also discusses options for rethinking investment-related dispute settlements, including the option to reform the arbitration rules that apply to disputes.
11 May 2016
The human library will present 6 “Human Books” who will share their personal stories, each focusing on different issues related to migration and the importance of trustbuilding. Open a chapter of their stories and get inspired, equipped, and connected through their experiences.
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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