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Geneva Engage Awards

The Geneva Engage initiative, launched by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) in 2016 with the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and DiploFoundation, assesses the interplay between International Geneva and stakeholders worldwide, which are impacted by the policies discussed and negotiated in Geneva. In this context, the annual Geneva Engage Awards aim to acknowledge the efforts of actors in International Geneva in social media outreach and engagement. 

Geneva Engage examines Geneva’s global footprint by looking at the social media engagement of Geneva-based organisations and Geneva’s web relevance and online meetings.

Ultimately, Geneva Engage examines the links between International Geneva and communities from around the world that are affected by the policies discussed and negotiated in Geneva in areas such as development, human rights, and digital issues.

The 8th Geneva Engage Award ceremony was held on Wednesday, 1 February 2023 ( 13:00–14:30 CET) on Zoom and onsite at WMO Building Attic (7bis Avenue de la Paix).

The three categories of the Geneva Engage Awards are:

  • International Organisations
  • Non-Governmental Organisations and Associations
  • Permanent Representations to the UN in Geneva

The 8th Geneva Engage Awards will introduce a new Accessibility Award to recognise efforts to enhance website accessibility performance.

Winners of the 8th Geneva Engage Awards

International organisations

Non-governmental organisations

Permanent representations

Effective and Innovative Online Meetings

Accessibility Award

Methodology

The analysis of social media outreach for the 8th Geneva Engage Awards was conducted from 1 January to 31 December 2022.

The accounts were measured along the following groups of indicators:

Twitter

  • Number of followers and following
  • Number of posts
  • Growth and the relative growth of followers and following on Twitter compared to the previous year
  • Growth and the relative growth of posts published on Twitter compared to the previous year
  • NEW Twitter engagement rate based on average likes and tweets
  • NEW Links between Geneva-based actors based on retweets and mentions

Facebook

  • Number of followers
  • Growth and the relative growth of followers compared to the previous year
  • A total number of posts and an average number of posts per day
  • Total interactions, i.e. sum total of all likes, shares, comments, and reactions on Facebook, and the interaction rate
  • Facebook page likes and reactions
  • Page growth and the relative page growth

Instagram

  • Total interactions, i.e. sum total of all likes, shares, comments, and reactions on Instagram, and the interaction rate
  • A total number of posts and an average number of posts per day
  • Number of followers
  • Growth and the relative growth of followers compared to the previous year

For the statistical analysis, we first determined outliers in each category (both in high and low ranges) by applying the interquartile range rule:

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Where IQR is the interquartile range, Q1 and Q3 are the first and third quartiles, and OH and OL are high and low outliers, respectively. 

We used the capping of values to compensate for differences in the raw values (i.e. everything above value X has the maximum number of points). We have used outliers as a capping point in our case. After this step, we used the following formula to calculate the ranking in the main array, which assigns points for the individual indicator for each organisation:

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This way, we have rescaled the remaining values to a predetermined 25-point scale. The final result is the sum of points from each category.

Previous awards


The winners of the 7th Geneva Engage Awards are:
United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) in the International organisations category
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in the NGOs category
Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva in the Permanent representations category.

As in previous years, the social media engagement of one actor in each category outperformed that of other entities in Geneva by a very high margin. To this end, honourable mentions go to the following actors for their outstanding efforts, as well as the sheer quantity and quality of their social media activity:
World Health Organisation (WHO) in the IOs category,
World Economic Forum (WEF) in the NGOs category, and
Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva in the PRs category.

Online participation award
Following the tradition introduced in 2020, an additional Geneva Engage award is given for innovative and effective approaches to conducting remote meetings to encourage new developments for the effective interplay between traditional and online meetings. CERN is the recipient of this year’s award for implementing and maintaining the free, open-source service for online meetings ‘Indico’.

Read the press release from the event for more details on the 7th Geneva Engage Awards ceremony.



The 6th Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in February 2021. The three recipients of the awards were:
Permanent Delegation of the European Union
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The New Humanitarian (TNH)

The Online Participation Award was given to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

For more details, please read the data analysis behind the awards.

The 5th Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in January 2020. The three recipients of the awards were:
– Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN in the Permanent Representations category
– Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the International Organisations category
– The New Humanitarian in the Non-Governmental Organisations category
For more details, read the data analysis behind the awards.

The 4th Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in February 2019. The three recipients of the award were:
Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, in the Permanent Representations category;
International Air Transport Association (IATA), in the International Organisations category;
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI), in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the analysis behind the awards.

The 3rd Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in December 2017. The three recipients of the award were:
Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva, in the Permanent Representations category;
United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), in the International Organisations category;
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the event report and the methodology behind the awards.

The 2nd Geneva Engage Awards ceremony took place in February 2017. The three recipients of the award were:
Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva, in Permanent Representations category;
World Health Organisation, in the International Organisations category;
World Economic Forum, in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the event report and the analysis behind the awards.

The 1st Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in January 2016 as part of the Geneva Engage Conference. The three recipients of the award were:
Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Switzerland, in the Permanent Representations category;
World Health Organisation, in the International Organisations category;
World Wide Fund for Nature and Child Rights Connect, in the Non-Governmental Organisations category.

For more details, read the event report (PDF).