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Delegates at the Opening of the WIPO Assemblies 2018

The Fifty-Eighth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of WIPO Member States took place in Geneva, Switzerland from September 24 to October 2, 2018

Copyright: WIPO. Photo: Violaine Martin. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 IGO License.

East beaches

Infinite volcano sand beatches. That's what you have in Grand Comoro or anyone of their islands.

The panorama doesn't make the reality about how long (and alone) the beach is. This can show small but it's about 2 o 3km long.

Water is calm (sea is calm) and little deep. At far at the see you can see where's the waves breaks.

And yes, the "red think" you see is dirt. Comoros doesn't have any garbage collection.

East Beaches

Comoros is a little paradise thanks that doesn't live too much people. You will usualy be alone (or at lest with two more people) on every beach.

They are upgrading their beaches because they are waiting for more turist in a brief of time but thanks that Comoros is a poor group of island they must import all their needs so they are upgrading it slowly.

From the kissing rock

There's a group of rock called "the kissing rock" for the people who lives there on the north of Comoros.

This rock appear from the movement of the island by very older volcano eruption (about 1K milion years or so) and the wind have erosioned them giving this kind of shape.

It's the most high position on the north of the island and the views are great.

Nort West beaches

At low tide, as in the photo, beaches show some extrange but fantastic look of view the bottom of the sea.

When it's low tide you can see lot of crabs running from one place to another searching for food. It's a great show.

Inside the island

Full of vegetation thanks the typical tropical climate that it's on Comoros. But if you take a more detail look at the image you will find not completed buildings.

That's usual in Comoros. They are so poor that usualy doesn't have enought money to complete the buildings.

North East beaches

Near Maloudja, on the north east of the island it's this "little" beach.

Despite the island is dirty, their beaches and the water are (usualy) cristaline showing the deep blue color of the sea.

Remember that Grand Comoros is a volcanic island so the beaches are volcanic ones.

North West beaches

Comoro's is sparsely populated. About 800K people lives on the three islands and around 200 in Grand Comore.

It's usual to see beaches like this: empty.

South of Moroni

At the left you can see the Grande Moquée d'Iconi of Moroni. Moroni is long because it don't have tall buildings.

Buildings are height or two with a business on the basemant and a family living on the upper floor.

On the center there's an old crater of the Grand Comoro's volcano.

East view

Grand Comoro is a volcanic island. Their last eruption was in 1977.

So as a volcanic island you can see this kind of landscape everywhere.

Birds from behind

I don't understand about birds so I don't know what spice is this (sorry), but you can find on the trees and the palms around the beachs of the north of Grande Comoro.

More sea and fisherman

There's only one principal port in Grande Comoro (or Comore or Comora), the Moroni's port.

For this, fishermans uses all the beaches to put their ware (fish, usually).

The life of the Comoros

Towns in Grande Comoro are very small, around 150 people. Life there is hard, very hard because there's no work and if they want to have some food or to harvest or something must travel kilometers to find it.

Despite of this, people are friendly and kind and it will help you as much as they can.

Moroni Vole Vole market

The most famous market in Moroni (Comoro's capital) is Volo Volo market. It open 24/7 everyday and it's a busy place.

Around the market you can find lot of shops that sells nearly every thing.

If you go anytime to Moroni you must take your time on Volo Volo.

A woman

Yes, in this photo the woman is out of focus in trying to indicate how women feel in the Comoros Islands (or Comore or Comoras): displaced, not sharp.

For the population of these islands, although women make a major effort in maintaining the economy (domestic, local and national) and still not looking like a macho country; The consideration that you have is strange.

You can see women alone, women driving, women working and even women occupying high positions in local companies but you will always see that those who make the most important physical efforts are women.

It is a somewhat unequal distribution in a patriarchal state (no, it is not matriarchal) and at the same time strange when you see it.


When there's a low tides, Comorian people work on their boats reparing them. It's a great time to take photos of his life.

On evey beach, on every part of the coast you will see boats on low tide over the sun. Magical.

Calling a taxi

Three womans calling a taxi. There's no public transport in Comoros so the only way to move on the island is taking a taxi or hitch-hiking.

Taxis are not for one person, they are shared for as many people as a car can be.

The way to take a taxi is easy: extend your hand pointing out the number of persons who are with you. If the car stops, tell them where you want to go and if it's on his way the cabbie will tell you and... wel... go!

Taxis are very cheap. One trip (inside Moroni, the capital) usually cost 400 KMF (less than 1 euros).

Creating new buildings

As a musulmin country, there's a lot of medinas and they are building new all the time.

For the people who are affraid of musulmins, please, don't be, Comoros people are kind and it's the most secure place on the world (yes, really).

It's an honor have been there for a time.


Fishers don't allways use boats. Comoros is plenty of fish and crabs (and many other things) and sometimes mans fish on the beachs or on the rocks of the beach.

Rememeber that they don't use fishing rods.

All the fish you eat on Comoros is hand fished.

Car trash

There's no recycling program or public (or private) garbage recollection on Comoros so you can find trash everywhere.

There's places that smells bad and other that smells worse than bad, but Comoro's people don't find this annoying.

Crashed cars of which all has been taken advantage of are "parked" on every road outside the capital (Moroni).

It's a pain to see the beautiful of this island destroyed by the people but it's worse see that sometimes it seems that they do not care.

Yes, Grand Comore is this, trash.

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