GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I’m about to leave Geneva for 10 days in China, to join the amazing Laser Egg entrepreneurial adventure: the hot-selling pollution monitor device, brainchild of Swiss Liam Bates (also my son) has just gone on sale in Apple’s China stores, quite a feat. Meanwhile, a lot is happening in Geneva in the next few days, and I’m sorry to be missing the bustle.
The train into the city was packed this morning with men, many of them with hunky cameras and tripods as the world automobile press descends on Geneva for the annual Motor Show. That said, according to Le Temps this morning carmakers are trying to woo women. The show runs 3-13 March.
Syria talks to restart, Landmine ban pledges
International organizations: The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, announced Wednesday morning that peace talks will begin again, after their abrupt halt in early February after just two days. Meetings are slated for 9 March.
The Landmine Ban treaty pledging conference taking place Wednesday afternoon in Geneva will host 45 States and international organizations; the group will announce the amount pledged this evening.
Human Rights Film Festival on your agendas
Be sure to note the following on your calendar: the 14th edition of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH). From March 4 to 13, in 37 locations through Greater Geneva, 200 filmmakers and international personalities are expected to present their films and participate in 16 high-level public debates facing the UN’s Human Rights Council.
Brrrr, pour budding plants!
Expect snow down to the plain in some areas, or down to 1200 metres in others, until Friday, when a blast of cold air will arrive in Switzerland and stay for several days, says MeteoSwiss. Don’t pack away those caps and gloves yet.