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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

Retreat of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

2015: Urs Zollinger moderated retreat with staff from SDC and the Swiss Missions in New York, Geneva and Rome.

In January 2015, Urs Zollinger moderated a two-day retreat in Bern. The retreat, organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was an opportunity to discuss the post-2015 agenda, financing for sustainable development and the Swiss collaboration with the United Nations.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Workshop on Human Security for the Western Balkans

2013: Urs Zollinger moderated a workshop for developing the new Swiss strategy on human security for the Western Balkans.

Urs Zollinger was invited by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs to moderate a strategy development workshop on human security in South-Eastern Europe, in preparation for a Swiss four-year strategy for the region. The new strategy includes priorities like dealing with the past, mine action and political dialogue. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Retreat on UN operational activities for development

2013: Urs Zollinger moderated a workshop with staff from Swiss Foreign Ministry

In January 2013, Urs Zollinger moderated a retreat with staff from the Swiss Foreign Ministry in charge of UN affairs including Swiss representatives on governing bodies of the United Nations. The two-day workshop provided an opportunity to discuss global issues and to establish priorities for the coming years, in particular with regard to the Post-2015 process and the UN reform in the area of operational activities for development. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

World Development Report 2013 on Jobs

2012: Urs Zollinger moderated the Swiss Launch of the World Bank’s annual World Development Report 2013 on Jobs

In November 2012, Urs Zollinger moderated the launch of the World Bank’s flagship report at the Kursaal in Bern. The event, attended by a large and diverse audience representing the private and public sector, was opened by the Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The Director of the World Development Report 2013 presented the report’s main findings and key messages, followed by a panel discussion on “Job Creation - A Global Development Agenda” with panelists from Nestlé, the University of Lausanne, the Swiss Programme Office in Tunisia, Alliance Süd and the ILO. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Seminar on Collaboration between Bilateral and Multilateral Aid Agencies

2010: Urs Zollinger moderated a seminar - which he also helped design - on cooperation between SDC and multilateral organizations.

Urs Zollinger supported the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in developing a seminar on cooperation between SDC and multilateral organizations, which he then moderated. Through exchanging experience of past collaboration, the objective of the seminar was to improve the understanding of multilateral organizations’ planning, funding and implementation modalities in order to strengthen cooperation. SDC staff based in Africa and the Organization’s headquarters participated in the seminar in Maputo. They were joined by resource persons from the World Bank, the African Development Bank and UNDP. Participants rated the event very positively and suggested that it be repeated in other regions. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Retreat for Board Representatives

2010: Urs Zollinger moderated the annual retreat for government officials representing Switzerland on the boards of multilateral development banks.

In December 2010, Urs Zollinger moderated - for the third time - the annual retreat of Swiss representatives on the boards of the World Bank and the African, Asian and Inter-American Development Banks as well as their headquarter-based counterparts. The two-day retreat was jointly organized by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It provided an opportunity to discuss global issues such as the post-financial crisis and the green economy and identify key priorities for 2011. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Moderating a Retreat for IFI Board Representatives

December 2009: Urs Zollinger moderated the annual retreat for government officials representing Switzerland on the boards of multilateral development banks.

For the second time since 2008, Urs Zollinger moderated an annual retreat for Swiss representatives on the boards of the World Bank and the African, Asian and Inter-American Development Banks as well as other Swiss government officials dealing with the multilateral development banks. The retreat was jointly organised by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It provided an opportunity to review 2009, discuss global challenges such as the financial crisis, and identify key priorities for 2010. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Seminar on Sustainability and Globalization

January 2009: Urs Zollinger was co-responsible for a two-day seminar on sustainability and globalization as part of the University of Berne Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) on sustainable development.

For the second time since 2007, Urs Zollinger was co-responsible for the realization of a two-day seminar on sustainability and globalization as part of Certificate of Advanced Studies on Sustainable Development at the University of Berne. Using the 2008 food crisis as a case study, the seminar demonstrated the complex relationships between globalisation and sustainable development, and the way the international community responds to global challenges. Urs Zollinger was also responsible for evaluating the theses submitted by the participants. The certificate course will be repeated in 2011. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Staff Training on the Functioning of the UN

2008: Urs Zollinger co-organised a one-day staff training on the functioning of the United Nations.

For the fourth time since 2005, King Zollinger co-organised with SDC a one-day staff training to familiarise participants with the role and functioning of the United Nations system. Participants also focused on the different types of interactions between the UN and its Member States. Organised primarily for SDC staff, the training was open to other parts of the Federal administration and partner organisations. Urs Zollinger contributed to the conceptual design of the training and was responsible for its moderation. Contact: Urs Zollinger