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  • A call for ethical leadership as a vehicle for gender equality
  • Building trust in the field of migration and integration
  • Getting ready for the Caux Forum 2018

Dear Friends,

As we welcome spring, we are delighted to share with you our latest update about our work and our most relevant forthcoming events and activities from now until the summer.

On Women's Day, which the world commemorates every year on 8 March, our Secretary General Barbara Hintermann called for a sustained effort to promote an ethical leadership that strongly advocates gender equality. ‘Women's Day is not just relevant once a year,’ she said, ‘we need a 365-day commitment to women's participation in the political, economic and social arenas.’ Read her full statement here.  

A collaborative effort in the field of migration and integration among relevant stakeholders in Geneva has started to bear fruit. It was launched recently by Initiatives of Change Switzerland, the Hospice général and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) with the aim of building trust and exploring ways of effective collaboration. A series of four conferences on these topics has just been launched. Click here to see the full programme and to register.

The whole Caux Forum Team, composed of more than 90 volunteers and staff members  from all over the world, has been working hard over the past few months to set the scene for the Caux Forum 2018. About 1,500 participants from civil society, government and business will meet over the summer in the beautiful Caux Palace. As is the case every year, a real diversity of ages, genders, cultures, sectors and beliefs, will come together with the aspiration of building bridges across cultural, social and ethnic divides. Registrations for our six main events, as well as for the Opening Ceremony and the Open House Day, are now open. Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this experience.
We thank you for your continued support and would be grateful if you could share the relevant information about our activities in Switzerland with your networks. Finally, we look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events.

Wishing you a lovely spring,

Your IofC Switzerland Staff



Discovering testimonials and experts' views on migration and integration

The Hospice général, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Initiatives of Change Switzerland launched a series of conferences with the aim of informing debates in Geneva on issues related to migration and integration. The second conference will take place on 14 April, 2018.

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Caux Forum 2018 Opening Ceremony: What does trust mean in times of disruptive technology?

The Opening Ceremony sets the tone for the whole Caux Forum 2018, which this year will address extremes of all kinds. The pace and style of innovation today is unprecedented. New technologies (artificial intelligence, big data, robots, blockchain, quantum computing, biotech, etc.) are transforming society on a global scale. To manage their impact we need to build trust and be trustworthy.

Register now!

Open House Day 2018: Discover the Caux Palace!

The Caux Palace Conference and Seminar Centre will open its doors for a full day during the Caux Forum. Discover the buildings’ beautiful setting and learn more about their amazing history and current use.

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 Training opportunities and retreats

Women as drivers towards the Sustainable Development Goals | 26 - 29 April

This weekend retreat offered by the team behind the Just Governance for Human Security conference, part of the Caux Forum, will highlight women’s efforts toward implementing the SDGs using the Pillar Peacebuilding Approach - examining the goals through the lens of the Six Pillars of Human Security.

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Creators of Peace retreat weekend for women  | 31 May - 3 June
Are you a leader for peace in your community or at work? Do you work with an NGO, UN agency or community network involved in reconciliation, development or humanitarian projects? This is a great opportunity to deepen your peace creating skills.

More info

Develop your facilitation skills!
First training opportunity: 29 - 30 October
Are you looking for tools to improve your meetings? Would you like to bring more voices into a conversation and make better collective decisions? Are you looking for ways to generate change and to ensure the implementation of plans? Develop your facilitation skills to enhance participation, deepen conversations, build teamwork and develop ownership.

Check out our range of 2018/19 courses


Support us

Support an innovative Cultural Centre at the Caux Palace
Initiatives of Change Switzerland together with the Caux Development Society, the Montreux Council, and the Swiss Hotel Management School have come up with the idea of a cultural centre to help bring more visitors to Caux. We are currently looking for institutional and private donors to make this a reality. 

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