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Book your tickets for the concert in support of Geneva Call
 
The United Nations Orchestra is organizing a concert in support of Geneva Call’s activities. All profits will go directly to Geneva Call’s programmes on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The concert will take place on Sunday 29 November, 17h00 at the Victoria Hall in Geneva. Book now.

Burma/Myanmar: 40 high-ranking officers from the Karen National Liberation Army are trained on child protection

Against the complex backdrop of a fragmented ceasefire and momentous political developments, Geneva Call continues to push for compliance with international humanitarian norms in Burma/Myanmar.
 
At a three-day workshop held in the jungle on the Thai-Burmese border, Geneva Call presented and explained the international norms pertaining to children affected by armed conflict and to sexual and gender-based violence and gender discrimination. The audience was made up of nearly 40 officers from the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), from six of the seven Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade Areas, as well as the associated Karen National Defense Organization and the Karen National Police Force.

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Iraq:  joint session on the respect for humanitarian norms at a high-level forum in Erbil organized by the Middle East Research Institute
 

 

We must strive to ensure respect for International Humanitarian Law by all parties to the conflict in Iraq, in an attempt to prevent or end violations. Otherwise, violence will worsen and feed the cycle of revenge and further killing.”
 
As an introduction to this joint session that took place on 3 November in Erbil, Mr. Hervé Delphin, Head of European Union Humanitarian Aid programmes in the Middle-East, summarized one of the main challenges faced by warring parties in Iraq.

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Geneva Call’s President attended a high-level meeting in Qatar on protecting education from attack

In November, Elisabeth Decrey Warner, Geneva Call’s Executive President, was invited to participate in a panel discussion during a plenary session of the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar. The session, entitled Education, Violence and Conflict – from Daunting Challenge to Effective Response, was organized by Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC). 

She highlighted the need for multi-stakeholder and complementary efforts to protect children and education from attacks during armed conflicts. She shared Geneva Call’s experiences of engagement with armed non-State actors on the protection of children, schools, teachers and the whole education system.

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Geneva Call receives a European award for its Fighter not Killer campaign

The European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence was awarded to Geneva Call for its Fighter not Killer campaign at the Berlin Security Conference on 18 November 2015. This award honours Geneva Call’s efforts to develop and disseminate tools that promote international humanitarian norms in war-torn countries. Geneva Call has mainly used this campaign in Syria and more recently in Iraq. It includes booklets, videos and a mobile application.

Geneva Call is delighted to receive this award and to note that issues related to humanitarian norms can come under the spotlight at an international conference on security and defence.

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