2019 celebrations: multilateralism, Geneva Conventions and the International Labour Organization

Multilateralism and the International Labour Organization are celebrating their centenary in 2019. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949.

the ‘Palais des Nations’ building in Geneva and its flag-lined route stand out in the night.
The ‘Palais des Nations’ in Geneva © Keystone

The end of the First World War marked the emergence of multilateralism. The world is currently experiencing major social and interstate tensions and a weakening of the world order. One hundred years of modern multilateralism and the International Labour Organization and 70 years of the Geneva Conventions are landmarks that remind us of the vital role of multilateral bodies and international law in protecting Switzerland’s interests. Insights, podcasts, videos and interviews: this dossier will provide content throughout 2019.

Aerial photograph of the city of Geneva and its water fountain.

List of activities and events

Activities and events taking place as part of the three celebrations.

The Jet d'eau in front of the Geneva skyline at sunrise

Geneva: Switzerland's gateway to the world

As with many other Swiss cities, there are a number of stereotypes about Geneva. In fact, International Geneva affords Switzerland – a small country – numerous advantages on the international stage.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis with the latest publication in the seris Quaderni di Dodis, «Switzerland and the Construction of Multilateralism», Vol. 2, with documents on the history of the League of Nations, together with the editors Sacha Zala and Marc Perrenoud.

Switzerland and the Construction of Multilateralism

The publication of the research centre Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (Dodis) presents 50 key documents on Switzerland's role in the development of multilateralism in the context of the League of Nations between 1918 and 1946.

Last update 12.01.2023

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