Trip to Geneva

Great insights into many international organisations, but also sightseeing and lots of fun group activities: The trip to Geneva from February 10 to 13, 2016, was a great success!

Nearly 50 students went on the trip that was organized by a committee of students from our cohort. The programme started off with visits to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Further organizations included the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). On our final day, we attended much anticipated presentations at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Next to our appointments with the organizations, we also had time for some sightseeing. Thursday afternoon included a visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) which operates the biggest machine in the world, the impressive Large Hadron Collider. Afterwards, there was time for a short tour through the old town, followed by a delicious fondue by the lakeside.

We’d like to thank the organizing committee for putting together this great trip: Marta Arbinolo, Laura Bosch, Gayathri Iyer, Puck Jeekel, Naomi Leweck, Lea Löbel, Anh Tran – thank you! A big thank you also to the organizations that welcomed us and gave us great insights into their work. Finally, thank you to the staff at UNU who provided contacts and helped with the organization of the event.

Photo: On the terrace of the WTO (Timmy Clay)

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