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Around the world, the United Nations’ 75th birthday has provided the backdrop for a global discussion about the future of the organization and the role multilateralism can play in resolving today’s challenges and leveraging opportunities that come with global collaboration. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a new urgency to this discussion, highlighting even more the benefits of cooperation across borders, sectors and generations.

As part of the #UN75 global initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the UN Office at Geneva is very pleased to invite you to join the second edition of the #UN75 Dialogues in international Geneva, a conversation on Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19, this time with a special focus on culture, sports and tourism. The event will take place on Thursday, 25 June 2020 from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m. CET.

The event is organized in cooperation with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the University of Geneva and foraus. Students and young researchers from these three academic institutions will be sharing their thoughts and questions with key international agencies.

Video messages:

  • Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee
  • Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary
  • Marta, Brazilian footballer
  • Zurab Pololikashvili, World Tourism Organization

Live discussion with:

  • Danka Bartekova, Olympic Champion and Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • Paola Leoncini Bartoli, Director, Cultural Policies and Development, Culture Sector, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Mami Mizutori, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Zoritsa Urosevic, World Tourism Organization
  • Tatiana Valovaya, United Nations Office at Geneva

Students and Researchers:

  • Paras Arora, Master's candidate & Hans Wilsdorf Scholar, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Tanya Kini, Master's candidate, International Affairs, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Raphaël Languillon, Senior lecturer at the University of Geneva
  • Yalan Liu, Master's candidate, International Affairs, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and member of foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy
  • Fabian Ottiger, Co-Head Development Policy Program, foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy
  • Cecilia Raziano González, Phd student, Department of Geography, University of Geneva

The event will be streamed live on