jeudi 20 juillet 2017

Invitation to Quatar. Freedom of opinion ...

By Francisco Anzola - Doha skyline in the morning, CC BY 2.0,

Wars or peace ?

Threats to freedom of opinion !

Invitation to “The International Conference on confronting threats to freedom of opinion and expression and access to information


DOHA 24 JULY-25 JULY 2017
Day One
Registration of participants
9.00 –10.00
Opening session
  • Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri , President of National Human Rights Committee ( HNRC )
  • Mr. Mohammad Ali Al-Nusur, Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Mr.Younes M' Jahed, Senior Vice-President of International Federation of Journalists ( IFJ )
  • Mr. John Yearwood, President of  International Press Institute ( IPI )
  • Mr.Giacomo Mezzone , European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Coffee Break

10.30 – 12:30
Freedom of Expression:  Facing Up to the Threat
Chair: Jim Boumelha, International Federation of Journalists
  • Imen Ladjimi, Article 19
  • Tim Dawson, National Union of Journalists, UK and Ireland
  • Elena Chernievska, Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Representative on Freedom of the Media
  • Daoud Kuttab, Community Media Network, Jordan
  • Dominique Pradalie, Senior journalist, formerly of France Television

14:00 – 15:30
Work session (1):    
Legal and regulatory ecology
Work session (2):    
For a pluralistic, independent and free media
Chair: …….

  • Luckson Chipare ,Media Institute South Africa
  • Rodney Dixon, Temple Gaedens Chamber, UK
  • Prof. Curtis F. J. Doebler, University of Makeni, USA
  • Jim Killock, Open rights, UK
Chair: Seamus Dooley, Acting General Secretary NUJ Ireland
  • Larry Goldbetter ,National Writers Union, USA
  • Kathy Kiely, Nationa Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington
  • Melody Patry ,Index on Censorship
  • Dr. Mostefa Souag, Acting Director General of Al jazeera
  • Mr. Jaber Bin Shafaa, Doha Center for Media Freedom
Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30
Work session (3):  
Protecting journalists on the frontline
Panel Session (4):
Facing up to rights and wrongs
Chair:  Marius Lukosiunas, UNESCO
  • Dr Carmen Draghici ,City Univessity, London  
  • Zuliana Lainez ,Federation of Journalists of Latin America
  • John Yearwood, International Press Institute
  • Al Sadiq Al-Rezaigi, Sudanese Journalists Union
  • Haydee Dijkstal, Lawyer at International Criminal Court
Chair: Moubia Belafia, france 24
  • Prof. Chris Frost ,Liverpool James Moores University
  • Prof. J. Fernandez ,Curtis University, Western Australia
  • Mr.Tom Law, Ethical Journalism Initiative
  • Prof. Khaled Hroub, Northwestern University, Qatar

Day Two
Tuesday 25 July
9.00 – 11:00
  • James Tager, PEN America
  • Yolanda Qintana, Platforma de defensa de la libertad de informacion PDLI, Spain
  • Barbie Zelizer, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania;
  • James Cusick, Editor Open Media,UK
  • Beth Costa,
Coffee Break
11:30 – 12.00
Report back from work sessions
12:00 – 13:00

International Conference on “Freedom of Expression: Facing Up to the Threat” 24- 25 July 2017 Ritz Carlton Hotel Doha, Qatar Freedom of opinion and expression, and its corollaries press freedom and freedom of information, are considered as cornerstones for the promotion of international peace and security for every democratic and free society. They are also considered as indispensable for the development of individuals and the consolidation of the principles of transparency and accountability, which in turn are essential for the promotion and protection of all human rights. They also constitute the fundamental basis for the full enjoyment of a wide range of other human rights, including the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and the right to participate in public affairs. Exchanging information and opinions freely is essential for the development of societies. Pluralistic, uncensored, unobstructed and free media that are able to comment on public issues and inform public opinion without censorship or restraint are indispensable in any society. The public also has the right, in return, to receive what the media produces. Many United Nations bodies have repeatedly stressed that freedom of opinion and expression are the cornerstones of a democratic society and prerequisites for progress and development. Free media help build inclusive societies and democracy of knowledge, and promote intercultural dialogue, peace and good governance. UN bodies also call on States to pay particular attention to the promotion of independent and pluralistic media, and emphasize that the rights that people have offline must also be protected online, particularly with regards to freedom of expression. International and regional human rights mechanisms also make it clear that freedom of opinion and expression are the basis for participation in public affairs, accountability, sustainable development, human development and the exercise of all other rights. The right to freedom of expression enables vibrant, multi-faceted public interest debates giving voice to different perspectives and viewpoints, while ensuring a respectful and enabling environment for dialogue and discussion, stimulating exchange and examination of opinions and developing critical thinking. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), both assert the right of everyone to hold opinions, without interference, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers and by any means, including any technical mode. The ICCPR, which is of pivotal importance to human rights law, provides the main legal standard for the vast majority of the principles and guarantees relating to freedom of opinion and expression. It provides that any form of effort to coerce the holding or not holding of any opinion and to punish, harass, or intimidate individuals due to their opinions is prohibited. Freedom of opinion may not be restricted even in time of public emergency. According to the ICCPR, no restrictions may be placed on the exercise of the right to freedom of expression other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order, the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights, freedoms and reputations of others. The restrictions on freedom of expression should be clearly defined, and moreover, should reflect an urgent need and should be the least restrictive of freedoms of expression. They should be justified on the basis of the interests to be protected and applied in the narrowest possible manner. There should also be no excessive restrictions on access to information. Otherwise, States must prohibit by law any propaganda for war or any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. States imposing restrictions on freedom of expression shall be responsible for their compliance with the above-mentioned requirements and other conditions guaranteed by international human rights law. Although the constitutions of the major countries of the world and, many national legislations, call for freedom of opinion and expression, this is not always clearly reflected on the ground. In recent years, freedom of expression has been further restricted in many countries in different regions of the world, and journalists have been increasingly subjected to abuses, including searches, confiscation, expulsion, threats, abduction, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, imprisonment and torture. These measures and other acts violate not only the right of journalists to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, but also the public's right to know. Some countries justify their restrictions on freedom of expression with reference, for instance, to the ‘war on terror’, or the outbreak of armed conflict or political disagreements. In doing so they violate the principles guaranteed in international human rights law, which is considered in some cases as a backlash against respect for human rights in those States, and have been condemned by many human rights commissions and organizations. While modern technologies, including digital broadcasting, mobile phones, the Internet and social networks, enable an environment that supports freedom of expression and the right to access and exchange information, they also constitute major challenges to governments' ability to impose restrictions on freedom of expression and exchange of information. However, these technologies are also used by some States and non-State actors to broadcast false news and information to mislead the public in a way that violates human rights by impacting on their right to know, receive and share information. They are also used to incite to hatred, discrimination, racism and violence, and even as platforms for supporting terrorism. These technologies have also created other challenges, such as cybercrime and new patterns of transnational crime. The challenges to freedom of expression and exchange/access to information that have accompanied the rapid spread of modern technologies can be addressed. These challenges have been the subject of many studies, declarations and reports prepared by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, the OSCE representative on freedom of information, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights and Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and access to information of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, as well as in numerous initiatives by international, regional and national civil society organizations. However, some States have used these challenges as an excuse and cover for justifying imposing restrictions in violation of the requirements of international human rights law, the right to freedom of expression and the right to access and exchange information. This has been criticized by United Nations human rights bodies as well as many international and regional human rights commissions and organizations. In an effort to address these challenges the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar in cooperation with the International Federation for the Protection of Journalists and the International Press Institute are pleased to invite you to an international conference on “Freedom of Expression: Facing Up to the Threat " in Doha from 24 to 25 July 2017. The Conference will discuss how to: • Address the enforcement of international human rights law, instruments and procedures with regards to freedom of opinion and expression and access to information; • Address the problems and challenges to international human rights law in connection with modern communication technology; • Protect and support journalists and promote pluralistic, independent and free media; • Enhance the protection of journalists in hostile zones and conflict areas and end impunity for crimes against journalists; • Raise up to ethical challenges, in particular threats posed by the resurgence of racism as well as cultural and religious conflicts, and rekindle a positive ethic for the profession.

mardi 11 juillet 2017

Transcending conflict through song: The #YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

The United Nations Library at Geneva is pleased to invite you to its event «Transcending conflict through song: The #YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus», a musical dialogue on the empowerment of young #singers to become #peace leaders in their communities.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 12h30-13h30. Hall XIV, A Building, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 12 July 2017 at:

#LibraryEvents — #Music — The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus — #Youth

jeudi 18 mai 2017

Invitation - UN - SDG 3 and Senior Citizens:- 23 May 2017

Invitation - UN Library Talks Geneva

 - SDG 3 and Senior Citizens: ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages 

- 23 May 2017, 

4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Vous devez ouvrir un compte et vous inscrire en deux étapes complètes, merci.


For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 23 May 2017.

The Library also manages UNOG’s Cultural Activities Programme. Learn more
Contact us

UNOG’s Cultural Activities Programme
+41 (0)22 917 41 43

mercredi 17 mai 2017

Ministres de Macron ?

COMPOSITION DU GOUVERNEMENT - Nicolas Hulot et François Bayrou sont nommés ministres d'Etat. Bruno Le Maire a accepté un poste important. Voici la liste des ministres du gouvernement Macron / Philippe.

L'ESSENTIEL - La liste des ministres vient d'être donnée. Voici les premiers noms : Gérard Collomb est nommé ministre de l'Intérieur. Nicolas Hulot est nommé ministre d'Etat, ministre de l'Ecologie, François Bayrou est nommé ministre d'Etat, garde des Sceaux, Bruno Le Maire, ministre de l'Economie. Sylvie Goulard est nommée ministre des Armées, Jean-Yves Le Drian ministre de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères, Richard Ferrand ministre de la Cohésion des territoires, Agnes Buzyn ministre des Solidarites et de la Sante, Francoise Nyssen ministre de la Culture. Murielle Pénicaud ministre du Travail, Jean-Michel Blanquer ministre de l’Education nationale, Jacques Muzard ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation, Gérald Darmanin ministre de l’Action et des Comptes publics, Fredérique Vidal ministre de l’Enseignement sur de la Recherche et l’innovation, Annick Girardin ministre de l’Outre-mer. Laura Flessel ministre des Sports, Elizabeth Borne ministre chargée des Transports. Marielle de Sarnez est ministre chargée des affaires européennes. Les secrétaires d'Etat : Christophe Castaner est nommé porte-parole du gouvernement chargé des relations avec le Parlement, Marlène Schiappa est chargée de l'égalité des femmes et des hommes, Sophie Cluzel est chargée des personnes handicapées, Mounir Mahjoubi est chargé du numérique.

Comme l' avait prévenu François Baroin, les trois membres du parti des Républicains nommés ci-dessus en ont été exclus ...

Visites. Musée de l'ONU, le dimanche 21 mai !

A l'occasion de la Journée internationale des musées, nous vous invitons à visiter le Musée des Nations Unies à Genève, le dimanche 21 mai ! 

Le Musée prend part à la célébration de la Journée des musées par la Ville de Genève. Des visites seront organisées chaque heure, entre 10h30 et 16h30. Veuillez noter qu'afin de suivre une des visites commentées, vous devez vous inscrire avant le vendredi 19 mai (contactez: ). Nous vous invitons à découvrir le programme ci-dessous, ainsi que le site officiel, qui inclut des détails sur tous les événements organisés à Genève. 

N'hésitez pas à venir avec vos collègues et amis. Nous nous réjouissons d'avance de votre visite ! 

On the occasion of International Museum Day, we invite you to visit the United Nations at Geneva Museum on Sunday 21 May! 

The Museum is taking part in the celebration of Museum Day by the City of Geneva. Tours will be organized every hour on the half hour between 10:30 a.m. and 16:30 p.m. Please note that in order to attend a guided tour, you need to register before Friday 19 May (contact: We invite you to discover the programme below and the official website, which includes details about all the events organized throughout Geneva. 

Don't hesitate to come with your colleagues and friends. We are looking forward to your visit! 

lundi 10 avril 2017

Invitation - Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan - 20 April 2017

Invitation - UN Library Geneva - Book Launch:

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan - Humanitarian and Visionary - 20 April 2017, 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m..

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan was United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1977. During his service, he strengthened relationship between UNHCR and African governments and helped to improve inter-agency cooperation within the United Nations, addressing problems of mass displacement in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

This book, written by a former colleague and friend, Diana Miserez, honors his legacy in the service of the United Nations and beyond. She looks at his involvement with the UNESCO, UNHCR, and describe the efforts he made to raise awareness of the dangers of nuclear proliferation and environmental damage while undertaking missions in Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan. Diana hopes to inspire younger generations, those that the prince looked toward when he fought for the future of the planet. 

Join us for this book launch and enjoy various stories about Aga Khan’s outstanding personality told by his friends and colleagues.

Opening Remarks

Filippo Grandi
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 


Diana Miserez
Author of “Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. Humanitarian and Visionary”
Edward Girardet
Editor, journalist, author and media consultant 
Nicola Spafford Furey
Vice President, Earth Focus Foundation
Dr. Philippe Roch
Former director of the Swiss section of the World Wide Fund for Nature and former director of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications


For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 20 April 2017.

jeudi 6 avril 2017

Invitation de la Chambre de Commerce Suisse-Afrique

En tant que représentante de la Chambre de Commerce Suisse Afrique - SWISSCHAM AFRICA, j'ai le plaisir de vous inviter à  la rencontre du 27 avril à Genève. 
Nous serons honorés de vous compter parmi nous.

D'avance je vous remercie, dans la mesure de votre disponibilité d'intégrer la date du 27/04 dans votre agenda, et recevez d'ores et déjà mes chaleureuses considérations.

 AquaSapientiae -Executive Manager

Water, energy & Sustainable Development
ESSEC Alumni
Swisscham-Africa Representative

Management and Water policy -University of Geneva
macauhub French - Macaulink News Agency's Agreement 
+33(0)6 32 36 70 97

Conférence à Genève

[ April 27, 2017; 15:30 to 18:30. ] Conférence le 27 avril, 15h30 à 19h00; lieu: Club Suisse de la Presse, Route de Ferney 106, 1202 Genève. Voilà le programme définif: Programme_Geneve
Inscriptions et renseignements: M. Peter HARTMANN, Président de la Swisscham Africa, email:

Member of the European Business Network EBCAM
Handelskammer Schweiz-Afrika
Chambre de Commerce Suisse-Afrique
Camera di Comercio Svizzera-Africa
route de Ferney 106, Genève
DATE: Thursday, 27th April 2017
17.30 APERO

vendredi 17 février 2017

TUESDAY: Invitation - UN Library Geneva

Affichage de noname en cours...

JOIN US ON TUESDAY: Invitation - UN Library Geneva
 - Seminar: 

The Power of Languages in Diplomacy - 

21 February, 4 p.m.- 5.30 p.m.

Celebrating International Mother Language Day: The Power of Languages in Diplomacy

21 February 2017
Celebrating International Mother Language Day: The Power of Languages in Diplomacy

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 16:00 - 17:30
UNOG Library Events Room B-135 
Palais des Nations, Geneva

Dr. Sameh Aboulenein, 
Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy; Ambassador, Permanent Observer 
of the League of Arab States to the United Nations Office and
other international organizations in Geneva

Marc Weller (tbc),
Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies at the University
of Cambridge, mediation expert who also served as legal adviser to UN Special Envoys
and Special Advisors

Barbara Moser Mercer,
Professor of Conference Interpreting, and founder and Director of InZone, 
University of Geneva

Benoît Kremer,
Conference Interpreter and Senior Lecturer in Translation and Interpretation, 
University of Geneva

Presentations will be held in French or English.


For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 21 February 2017.

Library Events
The Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva organizes events that bring together members of the international community with the Geneva public to exchange information and ideas on subjects that are of key importance to the United Nations.

Join us and be inspired!

23 February 2017
Join us for the presentation of "Inside the Green Economy: Promises and Pitfalls" and "Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives" books, combined with an enthralling discussion.

21 February 2017
Come and join us for this exciting discussion between a diplomat and experts in linguistics and interpretation!

jeudi 9 février 2017

Invitation - "A Hope More Powerful than the Sea" - 10 February, 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.

Reminder invitation - 
UN Library Geneva - 

Book Launch: "A Hope More Powerful than the Sea" - 

10 February, 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.