Multilateralism under Siege: Would the World Be Better without the UN?

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This article is part of Global Geneva's Oped section. The answer to the first question is a qualified “No”, to the latter an unequivocal “Yes.” My book (What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How...

Investing to prevent disaster

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MUCH OF MY LONG-TERM CAREER in the United Nations has been focused on disasters, and I was often struck by the seeming randomness of the death and destruction I encountered. In the 2010 Haiti...

Polar Focus: The impact of climate change on the world’s Polar regions can no...

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Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva's Oped section. This is is open to all members of the Global Geneva Support Group on condition that contributed articles meet editorial standards and are not self-promotional. Listening to Polar...

The #MeToo movement, whistleblowing & leadership failure

Foremost is Nestlé. With final arguments submitted on 28 February 2018, the Vevey-based multinational has found itself accused of neglecting food safety by a former senior executive, Dr Yasmine Motarjemi. Against all odds, Motarjemi, a...

Toilets for all: Expanding – and capitalizing on – waste resources

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London is proud of its sewers. In 1848 and 1853 cholera outbreaks killed 25,000 Londoners, and 1858 was described as the “Great Stink.” The disease was poorly understood, but the smell finally provoked action....

Surviving Nuremberg trial lawyer calls for UN whistleblowing reform

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A slightly shorter version of this article was first published in the Oct/Nov. 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. THE UN WAS CREATED IN 1945 not only to maintain global peace and security,...

The right place for the world’s human rights award

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. An international jury of 10 leading human rights organizations awarded the 2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders to Egyptian...

Israel: Fifty years of shrinking democracy

Geneva Hub is open to any member of the Global Geneva Support Community or guest writer at the invitation of the editors. The Right Livelihood Award Foundation, which selected Physicians for Human Rights -...

Trade for Aid But Get Paid

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Agents Provocateurs is a print and online oped section open to all members of the Global Geneva Support Community or at the specific invitation of the editors. As you sit drinking your tea or coffee...

Making the SDGs Real

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A few years ago I interviewed the Director of one of China’s Special Economic Zones.  I asked him what he felt about the new low-carbon production standards that many investors wanted and that had...