World Food Day 2013 – A Challenge of nine billion mouths

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by Tuuli Orasmaa

World Food Day 2013 was once again celebrated on 16th October for the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO,  of the United Nations. For the third time the University of Geneva organized an event dealing with this topic, this time in collaboration with the FAO, the World Food Program (WFP) and Swissaid Genève.

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The title of the event, ‘9 billion habitants by 2050 – How to feed them in an equitable and sustainable way?’ included both the fundamental issue FAO is working on – how to feed the world –  and the current trend of approaching development from a sustainable point of view. Indeed it should be acknowledged that we really need to look further into the future. In a few years times there will be around two billion more people to feed. The four speakers of the evening had a tough topic to discuss.

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Social protection and food security: Two sides of the same coin?

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by Alexandra Ilic

On the 19th of March, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development held a conference at the Palais Nations to discuss social protection and food security issues. The speaker for the event, Stephen Devereux, is a development economist, working on food security and social protection, in particular in Africa. He works at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Susex. For more informations, please visit: http://www.unrisd.org/80256B3C005BD6AB/(httpEvents)/4EB3064CBBFF69C8C1257B1D0034F133?OpenDocument

This conference was largely based on the report by the high level panel of experts on food security and nutrition (June 2012). Stephen Devereux was a team leader for this report. The report, written by the Committee of World Food Security, was an attempt to put food security and social protection together. Read the rest of this entry »

International Women’s Day 2013

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by Jacqueline Douniama; translation by Claudia Bragman

On 7 March 2013, the “International Women’s Day; Protection & Promoting Women’s Rights” conference was held in the Palais des Nations. This was a taster session before the International Women’s Day taking place the next day. If anyone thought that this event only catered for radical feminists, they were wrong. On the contrary, the conference was led by a variety of key figures (although, one must admit that men were in the minority). These individuals came from various regions and most of them were lecturers, directors or representatives of international organisations that aim to develop women’s rights in specific contexts. Read the rest of this entry »

Reforming the Working Methods of the UN Security Council

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by Lena Becker

On October 31st, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva organized a conference on “Reforming the working methods of the United Nations Security Council”. It assembled a group of high-profile academics and practitioners working  on UN issues, including the Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in Geneva and Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations. The occasion was a reform proposal by Small Five (Switzerland, Costa Rica, Liechtensctein, Jordan, Singapore) from April 2012. (For more information, please see : http://graduateinstitute.ch/corporate/resources/events_types/calendarofevents_en.html?evenementId=148008.) Read the rest of this entry »

Swiss Courts Prosecute International Crimes

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by Alexandra Ilic; translated into English by Claudia Bragman

(Conference-debate on Thursday 15 November 2012)

This debate was organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) together with the Academy of Humanitarian Law. Participants included Dr. Sévane Garibian, doctor of law, Professor Marco Sassoli, also a former delegate of the ICRC, Maître Philip Grant, lawyer and TRIAL director, and Maitre Philippe Currat, lawyer and doctor of law.

As Maitre Philip Grant underlined, such an event could never have taken place or, at least, never have brought together so many people 20 years ago. Therefore, the very existence of this conference does indeed prove that a new culture, fighting against impunity, is emerging. Read the rest of this entry »