Every week, discover a theme of International Geneva’s current events linked to an image of a renowned photographer.
From 27 to 29 June, the ICRC will be holding the first World Conference on Health in Detention. Health professionals, managers working in detention settings, and academics are invited to share their experiences and research to strengthen prison health systems. In the framework of International Humanitarian Law, the ICRC's role is to ensure that people deprived of liberty are treated humanely.
Photo caption: 1939-1945. British Indies. Group II. Italian prisoner of war camp. ICRC doctor-delegate attending an appendix removing.
June 2022 marks the 50th session of the Human Rights Council. Fifty years ago, on June 19, 2006, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan opened the first session of the Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations and said : "Human rights are from the third of the three pillars, with economic and social development and peace and security, on which all the work of the United Nations must be based."
Today, 24 May, on the margins of the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA), the Global Health Centre (GHC) of the Geneva Graduate Institute will hold the high-level panel discussion entitled "A different scale: Global action to address obesity." This side event will feature the WHO Acceleration Plan to STOP Obesity launched at the WHA.
Photojournalist Lisa Krantz documented one man's losing battle with obesity. Hector Garcia Jr. weighs over 600 pounds in this image. Moving from one room to another has become nearly impossible for him, so his mother, Elena, watches over him. This four-year photographic account titled "A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity" is accompanied by the heartbreaking testimonies of Hector and his loved ones. It is viewable here.
Initiated by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), the inaugural Science Diplomacy Week starts today, 16 May, until 20 May 2022. This cutting-edge forum will notably address Climate change, Peacebuilding and artificial intelligence, Humanitarian action, Global Health, CyberPeace, Ethics of crisis communication, and Big Data through the lens of science diplomacy. The above scene of young people wearing augmented reality masks was taken during the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in Geneva, in 2019.
On 10 – 11 May, Geneva will host the GIS for a Sustainable World Conference. Based on Geospatial technology in the form of Geographic Information Systems, this merging of data, people and methods aim to share knowledge and respond better to global challenges. In conjunction with the GIS conference, the WHO launches today, 9 May, the WHO GIS Centre for Health, to assist the health sector in its efforts "to respond to an outbreak, track vaccine delivery, collect samples, and explore spatial patterns in areas of case reporting." The image above was taken in the Botanical garden of Ooty in India by Martin Parr in 2018.
The 9th edition of the Geneva Health Forum will take place from 3 to 5 May under the theme "Covid-19 Pandemic and Environmental Emergency: Reinventing Global Health in times of Global Changes." You may access the program and register here. Above, the MFS team disinfect the lakes in Magaria, Niger, to avoid the risk of Malaria. This picture was taken by Zied Ben Romdhane in July 2021.
From 26 to 28 April, the Graduate Institute will host the 3rd edition of The Future of Work Summit, a flagship event of the Thinking Ahead on Societal Change (TASC) platform. During three days, leaders of international organizations, government, business, academia, and young professionals will share their insights and explore forward-looking perspectives and actions for a more human-centered future of work. The iconic picture above "Zazou the Eiffel tower's painter" was taken by French photographer Marc Riboud in Paris in 1953.
From 31 March to 1 April 2022, the Swiss Confederation invites you to be part of the first International Cooperation Forum on climate change. Governments, scientists, academics, international organizations, businesses, experts from food systems, energy, health, natural resources management, and finance will gather to find concrete solutions to combat climate change and its impacts on sustainable development.
This flooded village was pictured by Jonas Bendiksen in Genduram in the Gaibandha district, in Bangladesh, in 2010.
On 17 March 2022, the UNDP and GCSP invite you to join the "Geneva Presentation of the UNDP Special Report on Human Security." To bring a larger perspective on human security, high-level speakers will share their views through the lens of climate, security, health, and digital in light of emerging threats in the 21st century. The image above was taken during a geological study at the Atacama desert in Chile by Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann in 2003.
On 23 February, the OECD DAC and UNDP will be launching the Nexus Academy under the theme "Bringing Humanitarian, Development, and Peace actors together to advance a common understanding of nexus approaches." The event will be held both virtually and at the Palais des Nations.
This young livestock farmer lives in Rumbek, South Sudan. According to the ICRC, keeping livestock alive and healthy is vital for the farmers in this country. Informed, they bring their cows to the ICRC vaccination site.