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It's the S-bend that makes the difference. Invented by Alexander Cummings in 1775, it stops the flies getting into the compost and keeps out the smells. Crapper turned it into a U-bend that would not jam in 1880. So he deserves some gratitude for that. But for 240 years...
Constituting Switzerland’s first Global Compact Dialogue, over 200 business people, government and NGO representatives, as well as journalists and students, gathered in early February in Berne to discuss what appears to be a new reality: responsible and sustainable business approaches are becoming mainstream. Growing numbers of companies are realizing that...
The American doctor was standing in the shade of an acacia tree, scarcely shielded from the blistering midday heat of a Somali refugee camp. Working for Oxfam, he was carefully taking samples from a large water tank to ensure that it was not polluted. Many of the refugees, who...
Late last year, the Global Fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria approached the International School of Geneva (Ecolint) with the possibility of engaging students in developing more effective means of reaching out to young people for evaluating and solving world issues. The challenge? To come up with creative, new...
The international system desperately needs a counterweight to the diplomatic immobilism of decisions based on political expediency. One possible solution would be for the new boss to appoint a panel of superforecasters to tell the U.N. what to focus on most urgently. The U.N.'s failure to use expert advice against...
A disappearance, to human rights advocates, is the worst crime imaginable. So why has the human rights movement - including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International - turned its back on the families of those who disappeared in Nepal? I was asked this question recently in the Midwestern district...
The lights are dimming across the humanitarian space as more and more governments choose to ignore or disavow the humanitarian rules promulgated in more enlightened times. Shoring up a system under existential threat is now a priority for everyone toiling in the humanitarian trenches. What is to be done?...