The Peace Capital: Geneva, Switzerland

Hosting the highest number of international organizations in the world such as the United Nations and Red Cross, Geneva has been touted as the Peace Capital. Many Geneva Conventions, which main concern centers on the treatment of wartime non-combatants, were signed here. It is the second most populous city in the country located at the southwestern side of Lake Geneva just at the foot of the Alps. The city demonstrates the classic European pattern characterized by neighborhoods lying in belts surrounding the original center. It is a good entry point to explore the countryside and nearby towns within the country as well as those of its neighboring countries like France. It also offers an array of activities like boating, hiking, biking , skiing, and wine tasting. Given all these said, Geneva has come out to be a metropolis area, a financial center, a tourist spot, and a diplomacy hub – all rolled into one.

Palais des Nations

From the city’s official website: Built between 1929 and 1936 and located at the heart of the Parc de l’Ariana, the Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations, and is the largest UN centre after New York. More than 25,000 delegates pass through the centre each year, and many works of art are on display there. 

Broken Chair: It symbolises opposition to land mines and cluster bombs 
Ariana Park
Celestial Sphere:  It was installed in 1939 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the League of Nations and to honour the leadership of American President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), who received the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in establishing the League. 
One of the Assembly Halls
Where a press release is done
In memory of those killed in the bombing of UN Headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August 2003
Inside Human Rights Council:
Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.
Ceiling of the Human Rights Council: Painted by Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barceló
Universal Declaration on Human Rights
“In Peace”: Presented by His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UN Office at Geneva on the occasion of his visit on 3 October 2002
Library Hall
Digitalization project of the League of Nations documents
View from one of the rooms
Sarcophagus: Where the donor of this land is buried
Rebirth scultpure
Inside ILO building
One of the paintings inside ILO building
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Inside the grounds of UN!
One of the sculptures just outside the Palais des Nations
Union Internationale des Télécommunications

Lake Geneva

Jet d’Eau: It is the iconic fountain of Geneva, and is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. This water fountain is the tallest in the world at approximately 140 metres and was originally installed, not for its aesthetics, but as a safety valve for a local hydraulic water network, yet nowadays it is a popular attraction for many people.
With my godmother, Cecile Batac 🙂
Statue of Jean Jacques Rousseau neat the lake
Swings by the lake

City Proper

Located in the Jardin Anglais: At the center of this garden is the Horloge Fleurie – a working clock that ticks its way around its flowerbed face.
Ecole des Arts Industriels
Ariana Museum
Bibliotheque D’Art et D’Archeologie
Museum of Modern Art

Basilica of Notre Dame (The Basilica of Our Lady of Geneva)

It is the main Roman Catholic Church in Geneva.

Botanical Garden

It contains over 14,000 different plant species from around the globe.

Old Town

Geneva’s Old Town is a maze of sloping cobblestone streets and alleyways filled with cafes, boutiques and historical landmarks at every turn. 

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