World Resources Forum 2017: Accelarating the Resource Revolution

Location: Geneva

Organization: World Resources Forum

Two years after two historic global agreements were established – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – leaders and other change agents in government, business, research and NGOs will come to Switzerland, host of the United Nations, to talk about how to accelerate the revolution.

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The Future of Aid: Geneva UN Day Launch

Organization: Interagency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN)

Location: Kruzel Room, The Geneva Think Tank Hub, 2nd Floor World Meteorological Organisation 7bis, Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva


Conflicts are becoming more protracted and regionalised, inequality is growing, as are populations. Environmental disasters are on the rise. Humanitarian needs, both short- and long-term, will be acute and widespread. Over the next 15 years the aid sector will need to evolve and adapt. Opportunities and challenges lie ahead, and INGOs in particular, will need to be strategic in how they are innovating in their own structures to promote a more inclusive humanitarian ecosystem between now and 2030.

To celebrate UN day in Geneva, the Interagency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN) is launching the Future of Aid : INGOs in 2030, a report which analyses the future of the humanitarian and development sectors, within wider global changes, and the role of international non-governmental organisations within it. It looks at current trends, presents 4 scenarios for the future, categorises crises that are likely to occur in the next 15 years and lays out 5 organisational profiles for INGOs to restructure towards in order to survive past 2030.

To launch the report, the leadership team of the IARAN will be presenting their findings in French and in English to an audience of NGO practitioners, the press, UN officials, diplomatic missions, and other philanthropic bodies based in Geneva. All are welcome to attend.

The event will take place as follows:

  • 10:30AM - 12:30PM Presentation of the report in French followed by Q&A*
  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM Light lunch & official Launch of the report in Geneva
  • 1:30PM - 3:00PM Presentation of the report in English followed by Q&A*

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A Conversation on Drug Policy at the Multilateral Level

Organization: Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute

Location: Maison de la paix, Auditorium A2

Description: While the global response to drugs at the multilateral level has focused, since the 20th United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held in 1998, on demand reduction, supply reduction and international judicial cooperation; the 30th UNGASS on drugs, held in 2016, added new concerns and new tools to the global response, including access to essential medicines, the rights of children, women and indigenous people, as well as human rights and alternative development. These new elements reflect the efforts, born of effective needs on the ground, of UN Member States to address drugs and the consequences of current drug control policies in a comprehensive manner, taking into account public and individual health, economic development, social inclusion and citizen security.      

The Global Health Centre has the pleasure to invite H.E. Ambassador Beatriz Londoño-Soto to this dialogue session to discuss, through Colombia’s experience at the multilateral level and within UN fora, the shift in the approach from a law-enforcement lens to a social, economic and environmental approach to achieve sustainable development and effective drug policies.

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4th Session Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency

Location: Palais des Nations

Organization: UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Description: fourth session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) (31 October-1 November 2017) and first meeting of the Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings (30 October 2017, afternoon)

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The Future of Work

Organization: The Graduate Institute and the Economist

Location: Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix

Description: Rapid technological change will mean that, over the course of our working lives, many skills will become obsolete, others will grow in economic importance and traditional career trajectories will be a thing of the past. In a context of constant change, of robotics and of artificial intelligence, this event aims to answer the following question: Is education a future-proof route to stable employment?

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2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Location: Geneva

Organization: Global Compact

The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum is “Realizing Access to Remedy”. The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world.

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