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The GICHD communicates on its activities, publications and research, across print and digital channels as well as through the media, when appropriate.

By exchanging with partner organisations in mine action, human security and beyond, the GICHD strives to create more visibility for the entire sector.

    International Day of Mine Awareness

    Every year, the GICHD marks 4 April - the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. In 2016, in the run-up to April, the GICHD launched a brand new social media campaign to increase awareness about mine action under the slogan #TogetherAgainstMines. People from over 40 countries were involved in the campaign, demonstrating their commitment to a world free of mines. Opinion leaders, mine action organisations, mine survivors and the general public took part in the campaign, which reached over 25 million people worldwide on social media. On 4 April, at least one tweet with the hashtag #TogetherAgainstMines was posted somewhere in the world every minute, making this campaign an unprecedented success and presenting a strong, united message on behalf of the entire mine action community.

    The #TogetherAgainstMines campaign was repeated in 2017. This time, in addition to the wide social media engagement around the world, the GICHD also organised an event on the Federal Square in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Swiss Federal Councillor and Defence Minister Guy Parmelin, formally opened the event. We were also honoured to welcome the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN, Ambassador Beatriz Londoño Soto, and the Director of Handicap International Switzerland, Mrs. Petra Schroeter, who both spoke at the opening ceremony.

    Read more about 4 April 2017

    Read more about 4 April 2016

    Enhancing Synergies at the Maison de la Paix

    As one of the thirteen organisations based at the Maison de la paix campus in the heart of International Geneva, the GICHD contributes to inter-organisational projects that reach out to the greater Geneva community. 

    In June 2016, in order to increase the campus' visibility across the region, the GICHD, along with three other Maison de la paix partners, organised the competition Batisseurs de paix, or Peace Builders. Secondary school students from Geneva were invited to make short videos on what peace means to me.

    The GICHD also led the creation of two joint websites. The first is for the entire Maison de la paix, which features the organisations, their common projects and the campus itself. The second is for the Gender and Diversity Hub, which announces upcoming events at the Maison de la paix, provides relevant resources and links to the Hub members' own websites.