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Hi, this is Michelle and today we’re taking a tour across the history of the century-old struggle of indigenous peoples for their rights – depicted in the Geneva Ethnography Museum’s latest exhibition on environmental justice.

This week was meant to see the world's business and political movers and shakers gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting – postponed again and replaced in the meantime by a week-long virtual meet-up, the Davos Agenda, starting today. Can leaders and experts attending convert screen time into action?

Also in our calendars this week, we’re following a new report on girls’ education and discussions on how cities can contribute to tackling plastic pollution ahead of a UN major meeting in February where negotiations for a new plastics treaty are set to kick off.

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Michelle Langrand


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Anishinaabeg researcher and artist, Elizabeth LaPensée, created an iPad game inspired from healing songs from her indigenous community. (Credit: MEG)

🖼️ Indigenous rights through art. The Geneva Ethnography Museum’s ongoing exhibition depicts a topic close to international Geneva’s core. As the city where the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples was drafted, Geneva has countless links to the constant struggle of indigenous groups and has a major role to play in ensuring their rights are implemented, chief curator Carine Ayelé Durand explains.

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Also on the agenda

📌 20 January | Strengthening girls’ education in emergencies. This report launch will look at how to leverage data & partnerships with women’s rights organisations to improve girls’ education in conflicts and disasters, drawing together experience, findings, and recommendations. ​​Partners include EqualMeasures2030, UNESCO, Global Affairs Canada, and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE).

Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies (EN)

📌 24 January | The Plastics wrap-trap: what about cities in inter-states negotiations? This event, held both online and at Villa Rigot is taking place ahead of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in February-March when establishing a mandate for a global plastics treaty will be discussed. It will explore whether the status of local and regional governments within UNEA in helping tackle plastic pollution could be enhanced?

Geneva Cities Hub (EN)

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