CSEND Dialogue Forum

CSEND Dialogue Forum aims at stimulating innovative thinking by creating a dialogue space which brings together non-conventional thinkers and reflective practitioners with members of Geneva community interested in the quest for novel solutions to our society’s current challenges. This Dialogue Forum is co-hosted by CSEND and Prof. Beat Bürgenmeier, leading thinker in the field of environmental and socio-economics and professor at the University of Geneva.

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This Round Table offered an opportunity to exchange between diplomats, representatives of international organizations, experts, academics, researchers, journalists, and civil society actors, the principles and activities that contribute to sustainable development in a globalized world in constant change. In an open discussion, panelists, who are experienced professionals, expressed their opinions and made recommendations. During the second part of the Round Table, the panelists focused on different issues relevant for sustainable development such as security (inside and outside borders), employment, education and training, health, environment and sanitation of the environment, and information and communications technology (ICT). The event was organized by CSEND and COMDEV in collaboration with the Geneva Welcome Center and the Swiss Press Club.

How can organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Red Cross become more effective in their vital and laudable mission? How can multinational corporations contribute meaningfully to global issues like climate change, poverty reduction and equitable economic growth? What enables enterprises to grow and develop in challenging settings like the aftermath of a devastating Tsunami?

These questions are all related to humanitarian work psychology and have so far been largely overlooked by global development policy and policy makers. A first roundtable was organised in Geneva to discuss the relevance and needs to form a new area of study, namely, humanitarian work psychology in order to effectively address the needs of the humanitarian workers.


pdf Summary of the Roundtable Discussion

pdf Programme

csend Forum8th of December 2008The CSEND Dialogue Forum held a session on the 8th of December 2008 on the topic of "The role of participatory approaches in civic change processes" presented by Christine Ziegler, an expert for participatory processes.

Place: University of Geneva, Uni Mail

20081020-dialogueforum-India v1The Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) is pleased to invite you to a CSEND Dialogue Forum session on the topic of Creating Sustainable Decent Work Conditions for the Informal Sector workers in India presented by Mr Solomon on the 20th of October 2008.


Place: University of Geneva, Uni Mail

20081016-dialogueforum-CaribbeanThe Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) is pleased to invite you to a CSEND Dialogue Forum session on the topic of Implementing Sustainable HeritageTourism in the Caribbean presented by Dr. Keith Nurse on the 6th of October 2008.

Place: University of Geneva, Uni Mail

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