Second Geneva Dialogue between Asian Scholars and Heads and Senior Officials of UN and International Organizations (02-04/09/2019)

Second Geneva Dialogue of East Asian Scholars and Practitioners with
Senior Officials of the United Nations and International Organizations

Changing Roles of the International Organizations in the Turbulent Age

2-4 September 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

Organized by
United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS) Tokyo Office

Provisional Agenda

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
September 2nd

Assemble at Pregny Gate at 9:00 am
Opening session with Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, UNOG
Group A: Guided Tour
Group B: Presentation of USG Atul Khare`s video message on UN Reform

Lunch hosted by Ambassador of Japan
Visit to WHO
Presentation on the work of the WHO and its progress towards to achievement of the SDGs
Visit to ILO
Presentation on the work of the ILO and its progress towards to achievement of the SDGs
September 3rd
(9:30 – 11:30)
Visit to WIPO

Presentation on the work and priorities of WIPO
(12:00 -14:30)
Visit to ITU


Meeting with D-G ITU
Visit to WTO

Panel discussion between WTO and UNCTAD
Visit to WTO

Presentation on the work and priorities of WTO
September 4th
(10:00 – 12:30)
Visit to OHCHR (Palais Wilson)

Presentation on global human rights issues and the role of East Asian countries in that context

Presentation on the Universal Periodic Review, highlighting issues discussed with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea
(14:30 – 16:30)
Visit to the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
Maison de la paix
ACUNS/Future UN Development System (FUNDS)
Maison de la paix


Admin Information Note

A. Upon arrival in Geneva

 Please obtain a free tourist ticket for the public transport in Geneva at the baggage pick up area located in the Airport Terminal. Proceed to the Gare Cornavin, Geneva central station, or take the bus to your respective hotel. Please note that the taxi fare is very expensive and not recommended.

B. Hotel Accommodation

Hotel Mon Repos
Address: Rue de Lausanne 131, 1202 Genève, Switzerland Phone: +41 22 909 39 09

 Hotel Mon Repos is recommended for convenience. Room prices are negotiable and the sooner you contact the hotel directly, the better the prices you can get. Please contact Mr. Simon Panchaud (simonpanchaud[@] if you need assistance in making reservations.

 In order to arrive at the hotel, please take Bus Nr. 28 from Geneva Airport (or Rental Car) until the bus stop ‘’Jardin botanique’’. The bus runs all 30 minutes from the airport. From the bus stop, walk straight for three minutes, pass the Chinese restaurant Han-Lung and you will reach the hotel. Participants staying at Hotel Mon Repos or in any other hotel in Geneva will receive a free pass for public transportation.

New Announcement as of 30 July 2019

 Regarding accommodation in Geneva, it is recommended that you look at Ibis hotels, a French business hotel chain, which offers reasonable lodging in Geneva compared to other hotels. The homepage is as follows:

 You can also check through As they have several hotels in Geneva, please make sure that the hotel you pick up is located in the city as some of them are situated in nearby France.

 Another hotel recommended at this late stage is Hotel le Prince in Plainpalais, a central district. The hotel offers rooms for 115 Swiss francs per night:

 The page is in French but if you click on ‘Réserver maintenant’, it will open a reservation page in English.

 If you need any assistance, please contact Mr. Simon Panchaud (

C. Where to meet and start on the First Day

 Please come to the Ferney Gate entrance of the United Nations Office in Geneva by 8:30 a.m. on 2 September 2019.

D. Payment/Funds

 The participants will have to come up for the costs of their participation by themselves. Therefore, scholars are encouraged to bring a small group of selected students and frame their participation as a university-related event or excursion in order to apply for financial support from their respective university.

E. Student Participation

 Max. 3-4 students per delegation (China, Japan, Korea, India) are allowed to accompany the scholars. However, as we will conduct high-level discussions, students may not participate directly in the discussions, but will take an observatory position or they may join as volunteers for the organizing team.

F. Entry Permit Participation

 All participants of the East Asian Scholars’ Dialogue must register and obtain entry permits by accessing Please contact Ms. Maja Liechti maja.liechti[@] for questions regarding the entry permit participation or Elizabeth Gamarra at egamarra15[@]

G. Free time in Geneva

 Nestled between Lake Léman, the Alps and the Jura mountains, Geneva stands at the westernmost point of Switzerland next to France. Capital of multilateral diplomacy and humanitarian action, crossroad of cultures, major financial and trading centre, the city has much to offer for visitors from historical sites, fine cuisine, arts, and outdoor activities.

 If you wish to have more information about places to visit in Geneva and around during your free time, you can contact Mr. Simon Panchaud (simonpanchaud[@]

 Examples of activities:


  • Visit the Old Town

  • Take a boat trip on the lake

  • Explore Carouge, a picturesque district

  • See the Jonction, a spectacular meeting of two rivers

  • Hike to Mount Salève with a panoramic view of the whole region

  • Enjoy wine tasting in the countryside

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