Geneva   27 Jan 2016    E-diplomacy   

Focus: Online Survey on E-participation


DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform, in co-operation with the Republic and State of Geneva and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, will organise the Geneva Engage conference on 27-28 January 2016 with the aim to address e-participation as a way to contribute to more effective, inclusive and innovative policy processes in International Geneva.

The conference will build on the successful co-operation between the Republic and State of Geneva, and DiploFoundation, on the E-participation Day organised on 19 June 2013 and on the e-participation session at the 2014 Geneva Internet Conference.

The availability of the Internet in conference rooms introduces the possibility of more inclusive and open international negotiations. It also offers locally organised events the potential to have a wider outreach and a greater impact. E-participants enrich discussions physically taking place in the conference room, and at the same time, the event enjoys global exposure and, more importantly, fosters greater inclusion in global policy processes.

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  • To raise awareness, motivate, and provide resources to Geneva-based actors to engage with those who cannot physically attend events in Geneva, in particular those from developing countries.
  • To start a concrete discussion and an exchange of ideas among the participants, and to catalyse the development of future proposals and initiatives in this area.

The two-day event will showcase e-participation in practice. It will take place on 27-28 January 2016 in Geneva. The event will be preceded by a survey mapping the state of e-participation of Geneva-based organisations. The results of the survey will be shared during the conference. A conference report will be published after the event, summarising the challenges and opportunities for International Geneva’s future outreach.

External hubs

The conference itself should attract worldwide participants and support full online participation, including external hubs. Apart from hubs initiated through Diplo’s communities, we will invite international organisations in Geneva to create or support hubs around their regional centres, partners, and communities of practice.

The conference will take place at the GIP offices at 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva (WMO building, 2nd floor)

Draft Programme

Day One - 27 January

11.00 - 11.30

Registration and refreshments

11.30 - 11.45

Welcome address by the: Olivier Coutau, Delegate for international Geneva, Republic and State of Geneva. Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Head of Geneva Internet Platform

11.45 - 12.10

Keynote address and submission of awards: by Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

12.10 - 13:00

Geneva eSTARS

Awards to the most effective users of social media amongst Geneva Missions, International Organisations and NGOs

Why are we so good? Highlights, tips and tricks from the three winners

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 - 14.20

Introductions, greetings and informal networking

14.20 - 14.40

Why are we so good?

Highlights, tips and tricks from the US State Department eDiplomacy activities 2010 - 2015.

Richard Boly, Former Director of the US Office of eDiplomacy

14.40 - 16.00

How to do remote participation well?

What can we learn from the experience of key players in Internet Governance process?

Contributors from ITU, ICANN, IGF Secretariat, and ISOC

14.00 - 14.20

Feedback & questions | Introduction to Day Two agenda

16.15 - 17.30

How to do remote participation well? What to do when it goes wrong - stories of disaster and recovery

Peer assist workshop, participants questions addressed in small groups

Designing events for people with disabilities | Derrick Cogburn, Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University: 

Designing large events and remote moderation | DiploFoundation Team of Experts




Day Two - 28 January

09.00 - 09.10


09.15 - 09.40

Why are we so good?

eDiplomacy highlights, tips and tricks from the Italian Diplomatic Training Institute.

Stefano Baldi, Diplomatic Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (tbc)

09.40 - 11.20

How to do remote participation well?

World cafe format knowledge exchange on key questions for engaging remote participatnts

ITU: Managing multilingual participation | Diplo: Trainer training in remote moderation | Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), American University: Software to support access for people with disabilities

Discussion questions: What support is there in Geneva and online? How can we share resources and experience?

11.20 - 12.20

Widening participation: Sharing ways to make remote participation more inclusive

Child Rights Connect, along with Geneva based NGOs, and also involving social media activists

12.20 - 13.00

Deepening participation: Digital story telling

Kuno Schlaefli, SDC Knowledge and Learning Division (tbc)

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Deepening participation

Knowledge cafe format, gathering views on three key questions:

1. How to transport/convey emotion and power in messages through e-participation?
2. How can small teams deal with the ever broadening policy agenda?
3. How can remote participants share in the kind of informal exchanges that make face-to-face events so special?

15.35 - 16.30

New agendas in Development and Science 

Perception Change Project, UNOG: Inclusiveness & e-participation in pursuit of Sustinable Development Goals Collaborative tools

CERN:  use of e-tools in managing scientific networks and collaborative projects

16.30 - 17.30

Concluding discussion and the way forward for Geneva Engage

What (have we learned)?
So what (does it matter)?
Now what (do we do)?





To join, please fill in the registration form and indicate if you will attend the event in situ, or join us using online participation.


Further information

DiploFoundation e-participation resources



Arvin Kamberi, DiploFoundation:

Tereza Horejsova, DiploFoundation,

Tel: 022 907 36 33

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