The Geneva Centre signs MOU with DiploFoundation

DiploFoundation is a non-profit organisation based in Malta, emerged from the need to introduce information and communications technology tools to the practice of diplomacy. Its mission is to improve global governance and international policy development, and increase international accountability and inclusivity, the legitimacy of international policymaking, as well as the power of small and developing states to influence their own futures and development.

The Geneva Centre joins the international community in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the first International Humanitarian Law Convention

The Geneva Centre wishes to join in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field, adopted on 22 August 1864, and to pay tribute to this very first effort of codification of modern international humanitarian law. This first convention was then followed by the adoption in 1906, 1929, 1949 and 1977 of various other conventions and protocols dealing with identical or similar matters.

First Observation of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons: Dignity for Victims of Human Trafficking

In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly decided by its Resolution 68/192 “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” to observe July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, the first universal and comprehensive document concerning the issue of combating human trafficking, was adopted on July 30th, in 2010. The Global Plan of Action, which calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations’ broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world, was defined by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a clarion call” of the need to take immediate steps “to stop this terrible crime against human dignity, which shames us all”.