Public Lecture

Tuesday 27 November 2018, 14:00 - 20:00

2018 Geneva Challenge

The Advancing Development Goals International Student Contest

The Geneva Challenge, supported by the late Kofi Annan and Jenö Staehelin, invites teams of graduate students from around the world to devise innovative and pragmatic solutions to key international issues. This fifth edition explores how challenges posed by climate change can be tackled to foster social and economic development.

This year’s winning project will be awarded CHF 10,000; the two teams in second place will receive CHF 5,000 each and the two teams in third place, CHF 2,500 each.

14:00 - 16:30 | Projects defended in front of the Jury

Auditorium A2
Maison de la paix, Geneva

The five finalist teams, one per continent, will present and defend their projects addressing climate change in front of the Jury members. The Jury will deliberate and announce its decision at the Award Ceremony.


18:30 - 20:00 | Award Ceremony

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

Keynote speech: How can philanthropy help to secure a 1.5 °C degree world?

Dr Kristian Parker.pngDr Kristian Parker is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oak Foundation and a member of its founding family. Since its inception in 1998, he has overseen the Oak Foundation’s Environment Programme, which dedicates the majority of its resources to climate change mitigation, marine conservation and illegal wildlife trade. He was also a founding board member of OceansFive and European Climate Foundation, and is currently a member of the Board of Oceana, ClimateWorks and Oceano Azul.


The event will be livestreamed on this page.