Henry Dunant and the Red Cross, the beginning of the international humanitarian vocation of Geneva

When Henry Dunant wrote “A Memory of Solferino” (1862), he could not fancy that only fifty years later the Red Cross would be involved in actions on every continent except Australasia. During our tour through the Old Town of Geneva, you will see, among others, Dunant’s birth place, the former headquarter of the future ICRC, the house in which “A Memory of Solferino” was written and the famous ” Alabama room”. You can pursue the tour with the visit of the International Museum of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. For further information on this museum, consult www.micr.ch.

Guide: Evelyn Riedener
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From an elegant suburb to the present international organisations

When Geneva was chosen as the seat of the League of Nations in 1919 and when the city became the seat of the European Office of the United Nations in 1946, new offices were needed. They were partly built on the right bank of the Rhone river in a area stretching from the lake side to the Palais des Nations to accomodate the main bodies of UNOG (ILO, WHO, OMPI, ITU and others). Some of the 18th century buildings in the midst of the parks are still in use today while Geneva architects have contributed to the building of many important offices on former private land. This tour tells you about the important work accomplished daily in this area for a better world.

 

Guide: Marlyse Beldi
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