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Geneva Engage is an initiative which fosters effective links between International Geneva and communities worldwide that are affected by the policies discussed and negotiated in Geneva, such as climate change, human rights, development, and migration. Geneva Engage is an initiative of the Geneva Internet Platform, supported by the Republic and State of Geneva, and DiploFoundation.

Every year, the Geneva Engage Awards are awarded to actors in recognition of their effectiveness in their social media outreach and engagement. The three categories of the Geneva Engage Awards are: International Organisations, Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organisations, and Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva.

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4th Geneva Engage Awards

3rd Geneva Engage Awards



The 3rd Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in December 2017. The three recipients of the awards were:

  • The Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva, in the Permanent Representations category;
  • The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), in the International Organisations category;
  • The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the event report, the press release, and the analysis behind the awards. View also the photo gallery and video recording.

The 3rd Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in December 2017. The three recipients of the awards were:

  • The Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva, in the Permanent Representations category;
  • The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), in the International Organisations category;
  • The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the event report, the press release, and the analysis behind the awards. View also the photo gallery and video recording.

2nd Geneva Engage Awards



The 2nd Geneva Engage Awards ceremony took place in February 2017. The three recipients of the awards were:

  • Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva, in Permanent Representations category;
  • World Health Organisation, in the International Organisations category;
  • World Economic Forum, in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the event report and the analysis behind the awards. View also the photo gallery and video recording.

The 2nd Geneva Engage Awards ceremony took place in February 2017. The three recipients of the awards were:

  • Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva, in Permanent Representations category;
  • World Health Organisation, in the International Organisations category;
  • World Economic Forum, in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the event report and the analysis behind the awards. View also the photo gallery and video recording.

1st Geneva Engage Awards



The 1st Geneva Engage Awards were held as part of the Geneva Awards Conference, in January 2016. The winners of the awards were:

The selection for the awards was based on DiploFoundation's analysis of the innovative and effective use of social media by Geneva-based organisations. Read the conference report.

Read also: How WHO’s ‘Twitter First’ Strategy Amplifies Communication In Real-Time (audiense.com)

The 1st Geneva Engage Awards were held as part of the Geneva Awards Conference, in January 2016. The winners of the awards were:

The selection for the awards was based on DiploFoundation's analysis of the innovative and effective use of social media by Geneva-based organisations. Read the conference report.

Read also: How WHO’s ‘Twitter First’ Strategy Amplifies Communication In Real-Time (audiense.com)

The 2016 Geneva Engage conference



‘Innovative e-participation can increase the visibility and inclusiveness of the important work done across International Geneva, raising awareness about its direct impact on people everywhere and enabling us to listen to the voices outside of Geneva.’

This was how Michael Moller, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, summed up the aims of the Geneva Engage conference during his keynote address. Participants at the Geneva Engage conference, which took place on 27 - 28 January 2016, looked for ways to foster effective links between International Geneva and communities worldwide that are affected by digital, climate change, migration, human rights, trade, and other policies discussed and negotiated in Geneva.

Ambassador Alexandre Fasel, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, stressed that ‘E-tools need to be adjusted to a wide range of scenarios. They can support the work of a select and focussed group, for example twelve negotiators around the same table. They can also support creating a highly inclusive environment, for example reaching out to the more than three billion mobile users worldwide and helping them to voice their views.’

‘Innovative e-participation can increase the visibility and inclusiveness of the important work done across International Geneva, raising awareness about its direct impact on people everywhere and enabling us to listen to the voices outside of Geneva.’

This was how Michael Moller, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, summed up the aims of the Geneva Engage conference during his keynote address. Participants at the Geneva Engage conference, which took place on 27 - 28 January 2016, looked for ways to foster effective links between International Geneva and communities worldwide that are affected by digital, climate change, migration, human rights, trade, and other policies discussed and negotiated in Geneva.

Ambassador Alexandre Fasel, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, stressed that ‘E-tools need to be adjusted to a wide range of scenarios. They can support the work of a select and focussed group, for example twelve negotiators around the same table. They can also support creating a highly inclusive environment, for example reaching out to the more than three billion mobile users worldwide and helping them to voice their views.’

 

Olivier Coutau, Delegate for International Geneva of the Republic and State of Geneva, asked participants: ‘How do we make sure that the farmer growing rice in Matara (Sri Lanka), the combatant in Kunduz (Afghanistan), the teacher in Juba (South Sudan) and the factory director in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) are all aware of the decisions taken in Geneva?’ He concluded that ‘e-participation can help to make international Geneva more accountable, more impactful, more relevant and, at the end of the day, more sustainable.’

Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, suggested that ‘Lac Leman can become the ‘European Bay Area’.’ He explained: ‘With a unique blend of scientific, business, and policy institutions concentrated in a small space, Geneva can become a magnetic pool for the creative industry, think-tanks, and policy actors worldwide. The use of e-tools, including e-participation, can reinforce the local and physical relevance of Geneva, very much like what happened in the San Francisco Bay Area.’

During the first day more than 100 participants conducted a real-life experiment in e-participation by having both presenters and participants both online and in situ. A particularly lively session was on the way how e-participation tools can help persons with disabilities. With close to a billion people with some form of disability, their inclusion in global policy is one of the important challenges of global policy.

During the second day, the conference will focus on ways of widening and broadening participation. It will also be attended by the first ‘robot e-diplomat’. The Geneva Engage Conference is organised by DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform in co-operation and with the support of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, the Canton of Geneva, and with the support of ICANN.

Learn more about the 2016 conference: visit the conference website, read the final report Menu for Innovative E-participation, and view video recordings and the photo gallery.

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