University of Geneva

The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’500 students of more than 150 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.

UNIGE offers more than 290 types of degrees and more than 280 Continuing Education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, law, etc. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics. UNIGE is also host and co-host to six National Centres of Competence in Research: PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective. 

Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won in part due to its strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

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Adaptation in Mountains

Mountains are highly vulnerable to climate change. They also provide numerous essential services. This theme explores how mountains and mountain communities can be made more resilient.

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Climate change and forced migration in mountain areas: What are the solutions?

(Video) This webinar, organized by the Inter Parliamentarian Union and the Adaptation at Altitude programme with members of Parliament, international organization representatives and experts, discussed migration and internal displacement due to climate change in mountain areas and explored ways to increase mountain communities’ resilience and capacity to adapt by addressing some of the root causes of climate migration.

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A FRAGILE FUTURE: Can mountain communities adapt to climate change?

(Video) This hybrid online and in-person event presented the latest cryosphere science about the impacts and risks of climate change, and explored good adaptation solutions and experiences, especially in mountain areas, with a focus on developing countries.

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Upscaling adaptation solutions for vulnerable mountain regions through international cooperation

(Video) Following a teaser showcase of the “Last Glaciers” documentary and inspirational talk by the documentary's director, this event featured a series of talks and panel discussion exploring what is being done to support and upscale adaptation in mountainous regions internationally.

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A global database of CCA solutions for mountain regions

This article describes how the Adaptation at Altitude Solutions Portal for climate change adaptation (and related) in mountain regions has been and will continue to be developed.

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Participate! Online Course

“Participate!” is a free, interactive, online training module developed by SEI and the Red Cross Climate Centre to support the design of more effective science, policy, and practice events.

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PLACARD

PLACARD seeks to support the coordination of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction communities for coherent, mutually reinforcing and pragmatic planning and action.

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