Sunday, February 24, 2008

Geneva grind

The first week after our semester break started with a bang. Our class went on a trip, and for a change, not on nature trips on a river or a mountain. And this time, it's not even within Germany! We walked the streets of affluence in Europe and enviable quality of life in the world, that is Geneva. Here we rubbed elbows with the hotshots from the United Nations (UN) offices, World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

It must have been a subtle treat of our program committee and DAAD. The trip let us experience, even just for three days, to walk the halls of power- all-expense-paid, save for lunch and beers. It has become an annual event for first year students of my programme to travel to Geneva. This gave us a peek to what we could be in the future. Who knows, maybe for some, no more than two years from now.

IUCN headquarters in Gland, Switzerland

No to landmines

The Negotiatior from UNCTAD

Future UN hotshots

Santa's off-season: job fighting climate change (melting ice in north pole)

Gua ai wine

Crossing a street in Geneva (video)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting up the RSS link! (I'm your regular reader from Manila who asked you a while back.)

Anyway, this post about all those UN agencies is amazing! It's a dream for anyone in the social sciences to actually set foot in there, much more actually join fora and conferences.

Looking forward to future installments.

jadz said...


You are welcome! I feel a bit proud for putting up the RSS link. I just followed the instructions in a website.

I never thought myself that I will find mysel in this corner of the world, and rub elbows with the powerful, or at least in their office.

Just a tip: if you want to get in one of those international organizations, it would help if you speak French. Try learning now. It's never too late.