One of the objectives pursued by the Geneva Lecture Series initiative is to raise public awareness on global challenges. In addition to the opportunity to listen to and to engage in a debate with prominent speakers during the lecture, the initiative provides the interested audience with the occasion to access key background documents with respect to the Lecture topic.

Experts from Geneva with different professional backgrounds ranging from academic researchers to UN officials and civil society practitioners are invited by the Geneva Lecture Series team to share background references and papers on this occasion. A selected list of recommended readings is made available for each lecture. Please note that the opinions expressed in those documents are solely of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research neither of the organizers or sponsors of the Geneva Lecture Series. The purpose of the selection is to introduce the interested persons to a variety of existing intellectual positions and an academic debate on the topic of each lecture.