Geneva meetings and events:
Global health and related sectors

The World Food Crisis: The Way Out. Launch of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2017
Oct 19 all-day

“After months of intensive work, we have finalized the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2017! Congratulations to all of us on the 10th anniversary issue of our publication! Please read the announcement here and disseminate it through your websites and platforms! There you can find out more about this year’s issue.

There will be two international launch events that we are supporting: one on 26 September at FAO HQ in Rome and one on 19 October at the UN HQ in Geneva. The international release will therefore be on 26 September; on that day we will lift the embargo and the publication will be available in ENG, SP, FR and POR on the new website of the Global Network.

The Watch Team”


International Launch of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2017 “The World Food Crisis: The Way Out”
Oct 19 @ 16:00 – 18:00

“With the world still trapped in a multifold crisis, the 10th anniversary issue of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch takes stock of the past decade and presents thought-provoking discussions and alternative solutions for finding our way out. In a panel discussion marking the launch of this special issue of the publication, released yearly by nearly 40 civil society organizations and social movements, panelists will debate on both the structural causes of the food crisis and the way ahead.

Organized by: Bread for All (Brot für Alle), FIAN International, HEKS/EPER (Swiss Church Aid), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), International Union of Food Workers (IUF), World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC-EAA)

To participate, please register at at your earliest convenience and by October 15 at the latest. Please remember to bring a valid identification document to enter the UN building! The event will also be streamed live on FIAN International’s Facebook page.

Please disseminate this invitation widely! (apologies for cross-posting) Follow all updates on Facebook and at #RtfNWatch on Twitter.

Kind regards,
The organizers”

Alejandra Morena
Coordinator | Coordinador
Right to Food and Nutrition Watch | Observatorio del Derecho a la Alimentación y a la Nutrición
Central America | América Central
FIAN International Secretariat | Secretariado Internacional de FIAN
PO Box 102243 | D-69012 Heidelberg, Germany
T: +49 (0) 6221 65300 55 | F: +49 (0) 6221 65300 33 | M: +49 (0) 176 228 21 539
E-mail: | Skype: m.alejandra.morena |

Source: E-mail communication by FIAN
Leaflet: Watch 2017_International Launch at UN HQ_19-10-2017_PLEASE DISSEMINATE
Press release: Watch2017_Launch_PressRelease_ENG

​Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, 3rd Session (OHCHR)
Oct 23 – Oct 27 all-day

“At its 26th session, on 26 June 2014, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 26/9 by which it decided “to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, whose mandate shall be to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.”

The Human Rights Council also decided that the first two sessions of the open-ended intergovernmental working group “shall be dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of the future international instrument.”

Following its first session, which was held from 6 to 10 July 2015, the open-ended intergovernmental working group presented its report to the Council at its thirty-first session (please see the report A/HRC/31/50).​

The second session took place from 24-28 October 2016 and the open-ended intergovernmental working group will present its report to the Council at its thirty-fourth session in March 2016.

The third session will take place from 23 to 27 October 2017.”

Source: OHCHR


UN Treaty on Transnational Corporations & Human Rights and other Business Enterprises: Week of People’s Mobilization (Dismantle Corporate Power)
Oct 23 – Oct 27 all-day

“The Week of Peoples Mobilisation in Geneva (23-27 October 2017) coincides with the Third Session of the the Intergovernmental Working Group mandated to develop a binding UN Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights and other Business Enterprise. As in 2014, 2015 and 2016, we are back in Geneva in order to continue pressure governments to keep the process of building the Binding Treaty moving forward. But more than that: The Global Campaign is bringing concrete proposals of contents for the Binding Treaty that will be shared widely during the Week.

What are we planning?

  • At the UN Square: we will launch the Week of Peoples Mobilisation jointly with representatives of the World Parlamentarian Forum, affected communities, movements, trade uninos and organisations.  We will also organise 9 workshops under the Tent of the Global Campaign.
  • Inside the UN: as in 2014, 2015 and 2016, there will be coordinated participation inside the IGWG Plenary, where we will be seeking in particular testimonies of affected communities, both in Side Events and in the focussed advocacy with governments.”

Programme of the Week of Moblization:

An informal working group (members and partners of G2H2) is currently planning a health workshop in the Week of People’s Mobilization. Details will be published here soon. Contact: Flavio Valente, FIAN

Launch of the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 report
Oct 23 @ 13:00 – 15:00

“Join the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNRISD and FES for the Geneva launch of the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 report. Carrying the subtitle “Reclaiming policies for the public. Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality – assessments and alternatives”, the civil society “shadow” report provides a wide-ranging independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. At the event, contributors will present and discuss key findings and recommendations of this year’s report.

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017
Reclaiming Policies for the Public!
Monday, 23 October 2017, 13:00–15:00h
Palais des Nations, Room XII, Geneva

Jointly organized by the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNRISD, and FES Geneva

Registration for this event is now open.

The full report is available for download at”

Source: Social Watch

Role of transnational corporations and the right to health
Oct 24 @ 16:00 – 19:00

A civil society workshop, by invitation only, space is limited
Send enquiries as soon as possible to:


“From 23-27 October 2017, the third Session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group to draft a binding treaty to regulate multinationals and other businesses will be held in Geneva. Since the approval of the resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2014, the mobilization of organizations and social movements around this process has expanded greatly.

A wide range of organizations believe that this binding treaty is a necessary tool to stop the corporate impunity, as it would allow affected communities to have access to justice and, consequently, counter the increasing power of corporations. As in the previous years, a Week of civil society Mobilization will take place in Geneva from 23-27 October.

Even though the field of health is one of the most affected by corporate action, however, the organizations committed to the fulfillment of the right to health have been underrepresented throughout this process.  With this in mind, we invite civil society colleagues interested in this process to our workshop “Role of transnational corporations and the right to health”. Our intention in organizing this meeting is to close the links between organizations committed to the right to health and the process of a negotiation of binding treaty in the scope of the UNHRC.

Our aim is to gather a small number of organizations with a solid record in the defense of the right to health and to present the binding treaty process, in order to seek ways to connect agendas and identify overlaps and opportunities for joint action between such organizations.

For the organizers:

Brid Brennan – TNI
Pedro Villardi – ABIA/GTPI/Rebrip
Flavio Valente – FIAN International
Thomas Schwarz – G2H2″
Source: G2H2 working group on “Food, nutrition, coorporate power and global health”
An e-mail announcement was sent to G2H2 members and partners


Member State Consultation on the Global Framework for Development and Stewardship to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (WHO)
Nov 9 – Nov 10 all-day

The WHO “Member State Consultation on the Global Framework for Development and Stewardship to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance” is announced for 9-10 November 2017 and will take place in Geneva. Member State Meeting participants can sign up until 13 October 2017. According to an e-mail message received, the first day of the meeting is open to non-state actors in official relations with WHO.


Source: WHO AMR
Global Framework: Draft roadmap (May 2017)

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WHO)
Nov 13 – Nov 19 all-day

“Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global health and human development. It is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and putting people everywhere at risk.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of this important issue and to encourage best practices among the public, health workers, farmers, food producers, veterinarians and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

This year, World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held from 13 to 19 November.

WHO is encouraging all Member States, health partners and students, and the public to join this campaign and help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance.

It is not too late to reduce the impact of antibiotic resistance and we all have a part to play in preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Antibiotics are a precious resource—we need to handle them with care.”

Geneva WAAW events: not yet known
Source: WHO

Special session of the WHO Executive Board to consider the Draft GPW13
Nov 22 – Nov 23 all-day

“A Draft concept note towards WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023 is open for comment from Monday 28 August to Friday 13 October. Comments may be made using the comment box at the foot of this page. Comments received will be posted on the WHO website and publicly available.

Article 28(g) of the WHO Constitution provides that the Executive Board will “submit to the Health Assembly for consideration and approval a general programme of work (GPW) covering a specific period.”

At the meeting with the Director-General and the Officers of the Executive Board on 31 July–1 August 2017, the Officers of the Board supported the Director-General’s recommendation that the preparation of the next GPW (GPW 13) be fast-tracked to promote resource mobilization, preparation of the Proposed Programme Budget 2020-2021 and rapid implementation of the new Director-General’s mandate from Member States. The Officers of the Board envisioned a timeline such that the Board might submit in January 2018 GPW13 for consideration and approval by the Health Assembly in May 2018.

The Officers of the Board further supported the Director-General’s recommendation that GPW13 focus on high-level policy directions, centred around the Sustainable Development Goals and in line with the Director-General’s vision and priorities, as well as other global commitments. They proposed a schedule for its development that might be feasible to attain this target, including consultation on a concept note towards the 13th GPW with Member States, regional committees, and stakeholders. A Mission Briefing in WHO headquarters outlining the timeline and schedule was also anticipated.

The draft concept note will be discussed by the six regional committees taking place between 28 August and 13 October 2017. Following the completion of regional committee meetings and the web-based consultation, the Secretariat, based on feedback received, proposes to dispatch a draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) to Member States on 1 November 2017.

This draft would then be considered at a special session of the Executive Board on 22–23 November, should such a session be requested, as has been anticipated by the Officers of the Board at their meeting on 31 July–1 August.

Following the consideration of this matter at an anticipated special session of the Executive Board on 22–23 November, the Secretariat would, based on that consideration, prepare a draft 13th GPW for the 142nd session of the Executive Board in January 2018, with a view to its further consideration and submittal by the Board to the Health Assembly in May 2018 for final consideration and approval.”
Source: WHO

2017 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day

“The UN Forum is the world’s largest annual gathering on business and human rights with more than 2,000 participants from government, business, community groups and civil society, law firms, investor organisations, UN bodies, national human rights institutions, trade unions, academia and the media.

The 2017 Forum will have a major focus on the issue of access to remedy for business-related human rights impacts – the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In order to inform preparations, the Forum Secretariat is doing a mapping of ongoing research and projects linked to this topic. All stakeholders are encouraged to submit brief information about ongoing or planned research and projects for 2017-18 related to the issue of access to remedy in the context of business and human rights. The information should be submitted via this online form.”

Source: OHCHR website

A 1000 days of SDGs – Looking ahead. Global Meeting of Global Health Policy Think Tanks and Academic Institutions
Dec 5 – Dec 6 all-day

“In the context of the first 1000 days of SDG implementation, it is critical to seize the momentum to strategically analyse implementation approaches and mechanisms. Following the success of the first-ever meeting of global health policy think tanks and academic institutions in November 2015 in Geneva, the international network THINK_SDGs was launched. It capitalises on the analytical capacities and creative thinking of policy research institutions to accelerate implementation of health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through knowledge sharing, capacity building and innovation. Several regional hubs work at the regional and national levels to analyse context-relevant implementation challenges and offer best practices for civic engagement and monitoring.

Drawing on these local realities and following the voluntary national reviews taking place at the High-level Political Forum in July 2017, the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute will host the Second Global Meeting of Global Health Policy Think Tanks and Academic Institutions on 4-5 December 2017. It will bring together representatives from leading policy analysis institutions from around the world and Geneva-based global health stakeholders to analyse the political determinants of SDG implementation and identify entry points for think tanks to inform and transform policies.

Special attention will be given to governance mechanisms fostering new development models based on co-benefits and co-production; to the creation of political processes at the national and global levels to support implementation and accountability; and to strategies for effective stakeholder engagement. By giving a strong voice to participants from the Global South, the meeting will combine a multitude of perspectives and stimulate innovative thinking beyond the North-South divide, while promoting country ownership in the implementation of health-related SDGs.

Roundtable discussions, working groups and public panels will allow for a high degree of interaction to share experiences and good practices. The promotion of synergies between think tanks and global health actors in Geneva will also facilitate the emergence of new ideas and the establishment of new collaborations. The meeting’s outcomes will be amplified and translated to regional and national contexts through the THINK_SDGs network and its regional hubs.

For more information on THINK_SDGs, please visit”

Source: Graduate Institute

142nd Session of the WHO Executive Board (EB142)
Jan 22 – Jan 27 all-day

“The WHO Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health. Members are elected for three-year terms. The main Board meeting, at which the agenda for the forthcoming Health Assembly is agreed upon and resolutions for forwarding to the Health Assembly are adopted, is held in January, with a second shorter meeting in May, immediately after the Health Assembly, for more administrative matters. The main functions of the Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.”

Source: WHO
EB142: WHO Website
EB142: Draft provisional agenda

Geneva Health Forum 2018
Apr 10 – Apr 12 all-day

“The Geneva Health Forum (GHF), a biennial event launched in 2006 and held in the Spring, combines plenary and parallel sessions attended by hundreds of participants, with a large international exhibition area.

Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) along with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, and Swiss and International organizations committed to Global Health have joined their talents and resources to organize the Geneva Health Forum.

The GHF was established to link policy and practice, and addresses health issues through an integrative approach. It is known as the largest event in Europe gathering such a distinguished audience, composed of academic leaders, practitioners, policy makers, diplomats, representatives of donor agencies and healthcare providers.

Keynotes lectures and plenary sessions are given by international health leaders, and series of workshops, oral and poster sessions are held. These foster and nurture stimulating discussions on major global health issues. All plenary sessions as well as a track of parallel sessions are simultaneously translated in French and English. ghf_4_groupes The GHF also provides a platform for showcasing the international and humanitarian, practice and solution-oriented commitment of the participants, and gives a voice to those active in the frontlines of global health.

Geneva provides a unique opportunity to the leading global health organizations to meet with governmental delegations appointed by most countries through their permanent UN representations. Indeed, Geneva hosts major international organizations in charge of health and humanitarian action, influential foundations, NGOs and public-private partnership organizations in the field of global health.

The Lake Geneva area, often described as the “Health Valley”, presents a unique concentration of healthcare and academic institutions, and is blooming with many innovative biotech, medtech, and engineering start-ups as well as larger companies in the health sector.

The seventh edition of GHF, will take place from April 10-12, 2018 at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG).”

Source: GHF website
Theme 2018: Precision Global Health in the Digital Age
Call for abstracts:

71st World Health Assembly
May 21 – May 26 all-day

“The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization. The Health Assembly appoints the Director-General, supervises the financial policies of the Organization, and reviews and approves the Proposed programme budget. It similarly considers reports of the Executive Board, which it instructs in regard to matters upon which further action, study, investigation or report may be required.” (Source: WHO)

WHO: Governing Body documentation