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NEW EXHIBITION AT UN MUSEUM GENEVA: “100 YEARS OF MULTILATERALISM IN GENEVA”

7 October 2019

UN Museum Geneva is launching its new exhibition about the evolution of multilateralism over the past century, on display from 8 October 2019 to 30 April 2020 at the Palais des Nations.

Entitled “100 Years of Multilateralism in Geneva,” the exhibition presents unique documents, some of them never displayed before, coming from the UN archives, various UN entities, and private collections. Its objective is to show the various facets of multilateralism and how it evolved over the past century, and to inspire the multilateralism of tomorrow through shared history.

Launched to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the League of Nations, the exhibition explores the evolution of the multilateral system since the creation of the League to the work of the United Nations today. The exhibition highlights include several Nobel Peace Prizes, among them the one of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, early drafts from the San Francisco conference, Locarno agreements, the Nansen passport for refugees, and letters and hand-written notes by dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela, Woodrow Wilson, Henri Dunant, Alfred Nobel, and Trygve Lie.

The exhibition, which is part of the UN Geneva-led celebrations to mark the 100 years of multilateralism in Geneva since the establishment of the League, highlights the important role that Geneva plays on the international level, providing a deeper insight into the multilateral landscape of the “city of peace.”

The exhibition’s aim is to help visitors understand the place of multilateralism in the functioning of the contemporary international system and to consider how it may evolve in the future.

“100 Years of Multilateralism in Geneva” is organized in partnership with the Martin Bodmer Foundation’s “War and Peace” exhibition (5 November 2019) and the ICRC “Pages” exhibition (November 2019). The collaboration on the three exhibitions also resulted in a joint publication “War and Peace” by Editions Gallimard.

Practical information:

United Nations Geneva Museum

– Building B, Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 8-14, Geneva
– Free entrance
– The UN Museum is open to everyone who has access to the Palais des Nations
– For Palais des Nations badge holders, from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am - 5.30 pm.
– External visitors and guided tours on request only: museum-gva@un.org

Media contact:
Stefan Vukotic, Chief | Archives Management Unit | Library, United Nations Office at Geneva
centenary@un.org


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