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Despite all the progress made every day to improve the world, only the bad news seems to make the headlines. Impact Stories of International Geneva showcases the solutions, positive results and heart-warming stories, offering a window into the positive impact International Geneva has on everybody's lives.

Exhibition at the Palais des Nations on recyclable solutions 

The exhibition, “Forests and the circular Economy. A future without plastic.”, organized by UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section and partners, showed that recyclable packaging and wood-based construction materials exist and are available for use on a much bigger scale. The exhibition presented its best innovations and explained the important role of forests in a circular economy.
Did you miss the exhibition?
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JPEG gains Emmy fame in 2019
The engineering team responsible for the first edition of the JPEG image compression standard has been honoured with an Emmy award for its outstanding contribution to image coding. JPEG’s success story started 27 years ago and 10 billion JPEG images are now shared every day. Furthermore, the format is expected to remain with us for years to come. But, just how did a file format that was released in 1992 gain Emmy fame in 2019? 
Read on for the secret to JPEG’s longevity
ITU, ISO and IEC receive another Primetime Emmy for video compression
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Promoting entrepreneurship for the transgender community  
Did you know that only ten percent of transgender persons work in the formal economy (and most of them as hairdressers)? Forty percent of transgender persons are sex workers and the remaining fifty percent, street performers. The ILO has produced a video documentary to promote entrepreneurship and business development for transgender persons. The ILO also provides a series of business coaching sessions to ensure the sustainability of these businesses so that transgender persons can attain their dreams. 
Learn more about this initiative
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Pakistan introduces new typhoid vaccine into routine immunization programmes
Pakistan became the first country in the world to introduce the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) into its routine immunization programme. It is the first typhoid vaccine that can be given to children as young as six months of age and confers longer term protection against typhoid. Find out more about the plans to spread the vaccine to millions of children nationally. 
Discover how this vaccine is saving lives
Pakistan becomes first country to introduce new typhoid vaccine into routine immunisation program.
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First training workshop for climate, commercial, and digital negotiators   
A meeting was held in Geneva between representatives of seven French-speaking countries who are taking a new look at how to conduct negotiations going forward. This pilot training workshop offered an integrated approach to understanding the problems to be solved. The workshops aimed to support the rise of international norms and agreements negotiated in a coherent and concerted manner, based on a global vision for inclusive and sustainable development.
Read more about the workshop
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Venezuelan families plant seeds of hope   
Families in Venezuela are learning to farm their own food. Bolivar State in southern Venezuela is traditionally a mining area and knowledge about agriculture is limited. Families in that region are receiving training, a variety of seeds and basic tools to help them grow crops for their own consumption as well as use the surplus to sell. Jairo Padro, 45, said, “I had no knowledge before that I could grow our own food. So, my wife is happy because she will be able to feed the children with nutritious and varied food all through the year now.” 
How can agriculture save lives?
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Multiple mobile laboratories help contain and lower Ebola case numbers in Goma 
The roller coaster of emotions that lab technicians experience when Ebola is confirmed is inevitable. This was so when Ebola was confirmed in Goma, and lab technicians were forewarned to prepare for the worst in what is now the tenth and longest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). To provide the quicker lab analysis needed for quick detection, the Government, in collaboration with WHO and partners, expanded from a single unit (as in the previous Ebola outbreak) to multiple “mobile” laboratories that operate as extensions in field locations closer to outbreak hot spots. Such diligent surveillance and rapid detection helped contain the spread of that particular case in Goma. Moreover, case numbers overall have been dwindling for the past several months. 
Meet the heroes that made this possible
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