Visions of Hope
Seeing beyond violence, looking towards development
Geneva, Switzerland | 17 July — 31 August 2012
Forty-five photographs, selected from the 400+ pictures submitted by organizations and individuals, and were on display at Quai Wilson, on the Geneva lakefront during July and August 2012. The photographs illustrate the commitments of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, and statements from delegates and keynote speakers at the Geneva Declaration's 2nd Ministerial Review Conference, in October–November 2011.
We would like to warmly thank all the civil society organizations, UN agencies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions that submitted pictures for the exhibition and made this project possible.
The exhibition was also showcased on the Global Journal website.
The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development commits its signatories to address armed violence not only as a security issue but also from a social and economic perspective. The exhibition Visions of Hope illustrates the essence of this declaration with photographs contributed by organizations and individuals involved in violence prevention and reduction initiatives around the world.
Around 100 panels were on display along the lakefront in front of the Palais Wilson, headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the historic headquarters of the League of Nations. Each panel offered a glimpse of hope offered through armed violence reduction and development projects, undertaken through the work of non-governmental, intergovernmental and bilateral organizations around the world.
The exhibition was hosted by the Secretariat of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development and the United Nations Development Programme, with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the City of Geneva. We also worked in partnership with the Global Journal in Geneva, the Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Cultural Activities Committee of the UN office in Geneva.