Programme of 2019 celebrations

Aerial photograph of the city of Geneva and its water fountain.
An aerial view of the city of Geneva. © Keystone

As part of the 2019 celebrations, a number of organisations are holding various events, exhibitions and conferences in 2019 and 2020. 

List of events in chronological order:

Date/period

Event

Organiser

Location

10.05.2019

Conference – “L'OIT et le Droit Social en Suisse: 100 ans et après?” (The ILO and social welfare in Switzerland: 100 years and beyond) (Info)

University of Geneva

Geneva

10.06.2019–21.06.2019

108th Session of the International Labour Conference

ILO

Geneva

18.06.2019–21.06.2019

XII Seminar for Legal Advisers of the Armed Forces: The Law of Armed Non-State Actors 70 Years after the Geneva Conventions

Information

Switzerland/GCSP/International Society for Military Law and the Law of War Geneva
24.06.2019

Event at ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment: 'Towards the 70th Anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions: achieving collective commitment to international humanitarian law & putting fundamental protections into practice'

Information

UN Geneva

12.08.2019

70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

 

Geneva

16.09.2019

Day dedicated to 100 years of multilateralism:

Signing of a joint declaration by the Swiss federal government (Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis), the Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva, on strengthening their collaboration as a host State.

Debate on 'Geneva and the future of multilateralism' and presentation of the Dodis document: «La Suisse et la construction du multilatéralisme»

Canton of Geneva, City of Geneva, University of Geneva, FDFA Geneva

04.10.2019– 01.04.2020

War and Peace Exhibition

Information (fr)

Foundation Martin Bodmer  

Geneva

17.10.2019

Series of 3 joint exhibitions to the city of Geneva.

Information

ICRC / Martin Bodmer Foundation / UNOG Geneva

14 & 15.11.2019

Academic Colloquium during Human Rights Week: 'The role of UN human rights mechanisms in the implementation of international humanitarian law (Geneva Conventions)'

University of Geneva/Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights/OHCHR/FDFA

Geneva

01.11.2019

Unveiling of the restored Celestial Sphere

UN

Geneva

09.12.2019–12.12.2019

33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

ICRC  

Geneva

15.11.2020

Commemoration of key dates: Kick-off (flags at Mont Blanc bridge), exhibition at Quai Wilson, 1st Assembly of the League of Nations in Geneva (church bells and fireworks as in 1920)

City of Geneva / UN

Geneva

2019/2020

More events on 100 years of Multilateralism in Geneva

Centenary website (en, fr)

UNOG Geneva

List of activities of the Swiss representations abroad:

Date/period

Event

Organiser

Location

30.04.2019

«Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions»: Paneldiskussion

Swiss representation in Malaysia, ICRC

Kuala Lumpur

13.05.2019

'Regeln im Krieg – eine Idee verändert die Welt' (Rules of war – how an idea can change the world): Film screening and panel discussion

Information (de)

Swiss representation in Germany, German Red Cross

Berlin

14 & 15.05.2019

2nd Pacific Islands Roundtable on International Humanitarian Law: Panel discussion on '70 Years of the Geneva Conventions'

Swiss representation in Canberra, Samoa, ICRC

Apia (Samoa)

24.06.2019

'Solferino ist heute' (Solferino is today) with the president of the Austrian Red Cross, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, director of operations of the ICRC

Information (de)

Swiss representation in Austria, Austrian Red Cross

Vienna

19.07.2019

'Commemoration of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949' event

Swiss representation in Vietnam, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICRC

Hanoi, Vietnam

25.07.2019

'Commemoration of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949' event

FDFA/ICRC

Vientiane, Laos

07.09.2019

Symposium on Contemporary Challenges of International Humanitarian Law Panel Discussion: Human Control over Autonomous Weapon Systems - Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

ICRC University of Tokyo Embassy of Switzerland in Japan

Tokyo

12.09.2019

Screening of the film «Docteur Junod, le troisième combattant» at Tokyo Midtown: presentation by the director, testimony of a representative of the ICRC.

ICRC Embassy of Switzerland in Japan Hiroshima Monument, Hiroshima City, Hibakusha Survivors Associations

Tokyo

15.09.2019

Screening of the film "Docteur Junod, le troisième combattant ", at the Hiroshima Museum: presentation by the director, testimony of a survivor

ICRC Embassy of Switzerland in Japan Hiroshima Monument, Hiroshima City, Hibakusha Survivors Associations

Tokyo

02.10.2019

Conference on the Geneva Conventions, speech by the embassy as part of the international law course given by Professor Rivero Godoy

Information (es)

Swiss embassy, Universidad ORT Uruguay

Montevideo

October–November 2019

Unveiling ceremony for a sculpture of Henri Dunant

ICRC

Florida

15.11.2019

Workshop entitled 'Commemorating 70 Years of the Geneva Conventions' to a) celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Conventions and improve participants' understanding of them and b) discuss practical approaches to ensure implementation of the Conventions.

ICRC delegation in New Delhi, Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)

New Delhi

21.11.2019

70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions and 15th anniversary of the CCDIH. Blue Shield unveiling ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Embassy in San José, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Ministry of Culture and Youth (Costa Rica), ICRC office in Costa Rica, Comisión Costarricense de Derecho Internacional Humanitario (CCDIH), Escuela Buenaventura Corrales

Casa Amarilla, San José, Costa Rica

22. & 23.11.2019

DISPUTE on the role and relevance of the international humanitarian law (IHL) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions

Istituto Svizzero of Rome

Program

Schweizerische Botschaft in Italien Istituto Svizzero of Rome (ISR) University of Rome University of Geneva

Istituto Svizzero, Rome

27.11.2019

Conference 'Seventy years after the adoption of the Geneva Conventions: the challenges facing humanitarian law': Conference, discussions on the topic of international humanitarian law, screening of ISIC prize-winning journalistic productions and presentation of the prizes.

Swiss embassy in Morocco, ICRC delegation in Morocco, National Commission on International Humanitarian Law (CNDIH)

National Library of Morocco

18.10.2019 Launch of the competition

 

25.11.2019 Jury deliberation

 

27.11.2019 Screening of the prize-winning films

Contest for journalistic productions on the topic of the Geneva Conventions and their 70th anniversary.

 

Further information: Embassy Facebook page, ICRC Twitter account

Swiss embassy in Morocco, ICRC delegation in Morocco, Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC) in Rabat, Academy of Journalism and Media at the University of Neuchâtel, Centre de Formation au Journalisme et aux Médias in Lausanne. 

Higher Institute of Information and Communication, Morocco

 

National Library of Morocco

From 21.11.2019 to 07.01.2020

Photographic exhibition on the ICRC's work in armed conflicts, and prevention activities carried out by the Inter-institutional Committee on International Humanitarian Law in El Salvador (CIDIH-ES). 

Swiss embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica

Palacio Nacional, San Salvador, El Salvador

13-14.12.2019

Workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for law students in Bosnia and Herzegovina to increase knowledge of IHL and encourag the students to learn more about IHL

Swiss Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ICRC Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Law Faculty of Banja Luka

Faculty of Law, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina