The city of Geneva is not only home to the United Nations, but also the 93rd Congress of the Swiss Abroad. Swiss representatives from all over the world will be coming together for this annual event.
This year’s topic: Citizen Education
With Switzerland’s direct democracy being a model in the world, this year’s congress is going to elaborate on citizen education. Voter participation is the essence of a democratic system, so how can political participation be maintained (or increased)? When it comes to the Swiss Abroad, some 155’000 are registered to vote – a number which mirrors the participation in Switzerland.
What is the role of education in ensuring a democratic society? And what roles should public, private and semi-private education play when it comes to education? These and many other questions will be the topic of panel discussions and workshops. Throughout the weekend, various high level speakers will provide answers and insights into their visions for Switzerland. They include Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, the director of Amnesty International Switzerland, Manon Schick, or Arthur Honegger, the acting US correpondant for Swiss television.
Above all, the Congress of the Swiss Abroad is a great place for networking and enjoying what the host city Geneva has to offer…
Here’s Christian and I with Swiss Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf in 2013:
Reserve a congress ticket
– Buy a Swiss Travel Pass at 75% off the regular rate. (Exclusive offer for delegates with place of residence outside of Switzerland/Liechtenstein.)
– Inside the United Nations in Geneva (Newly Swissed)
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