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Geneva Call's new offices


After eight years in Grand-Lancy and in response to the development of the organization, Geneva Call’s offices are going to be relocated to a large house in Chêne-Bougeries. From 10 July onwards, Geneva Call’s address will be:
 
47 Chemin de la Chevillarde
1224 Chêne-Bougeries

Switzerland
Geneva Call’s phone numbers will remain the same.
 
Some important renovation works have been undertaken to adapt the house to its new purpose. Thanks to the significant contribution by the owner and several donors including the Loterie Romande, Geneva Call’s staff will be able to enjoy exceptional working conditions in a beautiful environment.
 
The house is made available free of rent to Geneva Call, which will allow the organization to allocate more resources to its humanitarian programmes in the field. Geneva Call would like to kindly thank all the stakeholders and donors that made this move possible.


Panel discussion with the Lebanese authorities on child protection

 


Last 26 June in Beirut, Geneva Call and the Lebanese - Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC) – a government body that deals with issues relating to the Palestinian refugees residing on Lebanese territory – organized a panel discussion on child protection at the Government Palace, the Grand Serail.
 
The objective of the discussion was to follow up on the implementation of the "Declaration of the Palestine Liberation Organization factions and the Palestinian National Coalition Forces in Lebanon about the protection of children from the effects of armed conflict and violence” that was adopted in December 2013.

Some 25 representatives from relevant international and local organizations attended the event, chaired by Dr. Hassan Mneymneh, former Minister of Education. In collaboration with local NGOs and with the support of LPDC, Geneva Call will reinforce the dissemination of the principles included in the Declaration within the Palestinian camps, in particular the prohibition of the use of children in all forms of armed action.
Website in French and Arabic
 
Geneva Call’s website is now available in French and Arabic : please visit us on www.genevacall.org/fr or www.genevacall.org/ar.
 

Geneva Call speaks to the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict

 
Last 5 June, Geneva Call was invited by Luxembourg and Canada, respectively the Chairs of the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict and the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict, to present its engagement work with armed non-State actors (ANSA) on child protection.
 
The UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF spoke at the meeting, which was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in New York. More than 30 representatives of States and relevant organizations attended. Many of them acknowledged the need to engage ANSAs and commended Geneva Call’s complimentary work in this regard. This is the first time that the added value of Geneva Call’s activities has been recognized at such a high level.
 
Geneva Call is currently engaging some 30 ANSAs on the protection of children in armed conflict, in particular from recruitment and use in hostilities. To date, ten ANSAs have signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict.
Participation in the 3rd Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in Maputo
 
Geneva Call attended the 3rd Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in Maputo from 23 to 27 July. Successful lobbying over the past months has ensured that both the Maputo Action Plan and the Maputo +15 Declaration reflect the importance of promoting the universal observance of the Convention’s norms, including by armed non-State actors.  Geneva Call also welcomes the support given for its work as mentioned in several Government statements, including those by Australia and Switzerland.
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