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Palais des Nations: How Architecture, Art, and Heritage Can Help Us Reimagine Spaces for Future Diplomacy

4 December 2018
Palais des Nations: How Architecture, Art, and Heritage Can Help Us Reimagine Spaces for Future Diplomacy


Tuesday 4 December 2018, 12.30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Library Events Room (B.135)
Palais des Nations, B Building, 1st Floo

Photo: François Vermot





In collaboration with Art4Action and Centre de la Photographie Genève



Geneva has one of the richest histories of international collaboration among nations and citizens, including hosting the League of Nations and the United Nations. The Palais des Nations, built in 1930, is one of the busiest conference centres in Europe. Decisions taken at this iconic venue have a global impact on living standards, human rights and well-being of all peoples. Under the Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP), the Palais is about to undergo a complete renovation to modernize work spaces while preserving its historical legacy. This transformative project has to adapt to today’s complex socio-economic realities and enable spaces for future diplomacy and governance to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Library Talk will bring together the views of architects, art experts and diplomats coupled with an artistic photo exhibition.

The photographs by François Vermot about the Palais before the renovation will be exhibited at the UN Library. Copies of the book “Palais des Nations” with a foreword by Michael Møller, UNOG Director General and Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva will be on sale.



Introductory Remarks
Joerg Bader
Director, Centre de la Photographie Genève

A Discussion With
John Palmesino
Architect and Urbanist; Co-founder, Territorial Agency & Curator, The Neutrality Project

Tomaz Mencin
Human Rights Ambassador, Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations Office and to the other International Organizations in Geneva and Representative of Slovenia on the Advisory Board of the Strategic Heritage Plan

Oliver Hoehne
Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of Multilateral Division, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the other International Organizations in Geneva and a Swiss Focal Point for the SHP

Véronique Neiss
Chief, Design and Construction, Strategic Heritage Plan, United Nations Office at Geneva

Moderated by
Barbara Bulc
President, Global Development & Founder, Art4Action




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IMPORTANT

For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 4 December 2018.


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