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:






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



108th Session of the International Labour Conference




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


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

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'


UN Geneva


70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions




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  



Series of 3 joint exhibitions to the city of Geneva.


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



Unveiling of the restored Celestial Sphere




33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent




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



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

'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)

'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


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

Swiss embassy, Universidad ORT Uruguay


October–November 2019

Unveiling ceremony for a sculpture of Henri Dunant




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

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


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