The Geneva Motion
Report from the Council of State,
to the Grand Council about the motion of Mrs. and Mr. Yves de Matteis, François Lefort, Lydia Schneider Hausser, Jean-Marc Guinchard, Nathalie Fontanet, Pierre Vanek, Carlos Medeiros, Christina Meissner, Salima Moyard, Alexandre de Senarclens, Beatriz de Candolle, Thierry Cerutti, Isabelle Brunier, Bénédicte Montant, Boris Calame, Michel Ducret, Raymond Wicky, Jean-Luc Forni, Christian Frey, Nathalie Schneuwly, Jean-Charles Rielle, Caroline Marti, Simone de Montmollin, Olivier Baud, Mathias Buschbeck, Nicole Valiquer Grecuccio, Olivier Cerutti, Salika Wenger, Sarah Klopmann, François Lance, Delphine Klopfenstein Broggini, Frédérique Perler, Sophie Forster Carbonnier, Thomas Bläsi, Marie-Thérèse Engelberts, Eric Leyraz, to have the Geneva authorities support the Great Peace March between New Delhi and Geneva in 2020 (Jai Jagat 2020)
Ladies and Gentlemen Members of the Parliament,
On October 13rd, 2017, the Grand Council addressed to the Council of State a motion that reads as follows:
The GRAND COUNCIL of the Republic and canton of Geneva
The establishment of an international platform bringing together people from all walks of life in all continents, with the aim of bringing together the different peoples in order to be able to engage in a global, concrete and lasting way in favour of peace;
The fact that this initiative will culminate in a peace march that will start in 2019 in New Delhi, India, and will end its journey in Geneva in 2020, on September, 21st, World Day for Peace;
The fact that Geneva has distinguished itself by actions aimed at preserving peace or limiting the number of victims (Geneva Conventions protecting civilians, members of humanitarian organizations, wounded or prisoners of war, as early as 1864);
The role of Geneva as a global human rights centre, with the presence of the second UN headquarters, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as the holding of events such as the Human Rights Council and the sessions of the treaty bodies (the Committee on Human Rights, on the Rights of the Child, etc.)
The symbolic significance of any event now taking place on its soil;
The duty of Geneva to ensure the security, within its territory, of any initiative of international scope;
invites the Council of State (Government)
to help supporting the delegations arriving in Geneva in September 2020 as part of the march for peace which will start in New Delhi in 2019 to complete its journey to Geneva in September 2020 (Jai Jagat 2020), to the occasion of the United Nations World Day for Peace;
to support, at least symbolically, the holding of the various events taking place from September 21stto October 2ndin the framework of this event;
to contact the communes, some of which having already been contacted, so as to ensure that the coordination and distribution of the accommodation of the delegations that will be present at this event is optimal;
to contact the federal authorities so that they can also lend help supporting this event, in particular concerning the granting of visas for the 5000 persons expected in the Canton of Geneva on this occasion.
Answer from The Council of State
Answering to the various questions of the motion, adopted unanimously by your Council on October 12th, 2017, the Council of State confirms you that it will ensure that the delegations of the peace march are welcomed the most respectfully possible in 2020 in our canton, in accordance with the tradition of hosting in international Geneva.
Sustained attention will also be given, when the time comes, to conditions of organization of the events that will take place in the framework of this demonstration.
Depending on the extent of participation and in the context of customary in this respect, the accommodation of delegations, in particular those do not have sufficient means, will be the subject of a special examination.
Finally, in accordance with the fourth invitation, the federal authorities have been informed of this event and the vote on this motion a few days after the adoption of it.
With the benefit of these explanations, the Council of State invites you, Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Parliament, to take note of the present report.
In the name of the State Council,
The Chancellor: Anja WYDEN GUELPA
The President: François LONGCHAMP
In recent years, and even more so in recent months, the state of the world has been of concern to public authorities at international, national and local levels.
The instability and violence that characterize this global situation of the planet is further exacerbated by the fact that events taking place on the other side of the world are instantly brought to our attention through the media, whether electronic or otherwise.
Fortunately, in the face of this almost permanent state of siege on the earth, initiatives are being taken to reflect on possible avenues for peace in the near future and to combat this instability and violence.
One of these initiatives has its origins in India, and it should see its epilogue in the canton of Geneva, hence this proposition of motion.
For all these reasons, we ask you, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Members of the Parliament, to welcome this motion.