‘People, planet, profit can be the new norm, with a COVID-19 sense of urgency’

What is there good to say about the COVID-19 crisis? Dimitri de Vreeze, co-CEO of DSM, a big Dutch company producing health, nutrition products and materials, has one positive message for the...

Zooming in on the circular economy

First, the circular economy is not just about recycling. Lynda Mansson, Director General of the Mava Foundation (created by Swiss environmentalist and ornithologist Luc Hoffmann), made this clear in her opening address...

Michael Merne Photo Essay: Genevans keep one step ahead of COVID-19

You look at the photographs in today’s electronic and print media and you’re forced to say: “That’s how it is.” But with all the uncertainty and fear that it engenders, you so...

Utopia3 podcasts from the world’s human rights capital

Launched in Geneva at the end of May, 2020, utopia3’s first season of eight podcasts has already been made available with three of them on the web. These include comic book author...

Genève, une ville de roman et une patrie pour la famille de l’écrivain Joël...

Parc Bertrand, quartier des banques, hôtel des Bergues et autres sites emblématiques font de la ville du bout du lac Léman et de la station de Verbier dans les Alpes suisses les...

Covid-19 : Comment protéger les migrants et requérants d’asile ?

Le 31 mars, 2020, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU Antonio Guterres lançait un rapport sur l’impact socioéconomique du Covid-19, notant que « le monde fait face à une épreuve sans précédent ». Avec les...

Impact investing and SDGs in the COVID-19 era: maths matters more than opinion

It has become a hoary cliché in many U.N. halls that the Chinese characters for crisis include both disaster and opportunity. Our interpretation of the Chinese may be due to wishful thinking...

Chronic diseases are the real pandemic: join the healthy food movement

This is how the clergyman Thomas Malthus saw our inevitable future in the 18th century when population expands beyond the capacity of the planet to sustain it: “Epidemics, pestilence and plague advance in terrific array,...

The Sergio Vieira de Mello Academic Consortium: Good practice for refugee integration

The auditorium was full in that sunny morning. A young Syrian asylum seeker had mixed feelings. When her name was called, she promptly stood up and stepped onto the stage to receive...

L’ONU peut-elle faire plus pour identifier les commanditaires du meurtre de Jamal Khashoggi?

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COVID-19: Is the Swiss government engaged in false news and not doing its job?

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One would expect Switzerland to lead by example not only because it is the host nation of the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross, the pharmaceutical giants, and the United Nations,...

Pandemic: A Planetary Wake-up Call

This is part of William Dowell's Tom's Paine column. A reminder: we make our content free worldwide. If you like what we do, please support us. All of...

Payot: Des livres pour cent ans de plénitude

Edition Française. Global Geneva is including French-language articles on 'international Geneva' themes as part of its worldwide outreach to Francophone audiences. This is part of our ongoing series on books and...

The Gandhi legacy : The Jai Jagat march for survival from Delhi to Geneva.

UPDATED 18 March, 2020: March temporarily halted because of Coronavirus. The 14,000-kilometre Delhi to Geneva journey, which began in October 2019 on the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s...

Coronavirus conference and workshop cancellations: Go online

Global Geneva has been contacted by a number of groups and individuals for help on how to develop replacement options. We thought that the following piece would prove useful.

Geneva’s ‘dry weather’: not always good for lacquer paintings

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Given her three major exhibitions (Geneva in 2013, Hanoi in 2017 and Geneva again late last year), Thuy Bui Howarth already has a firm reputation for her finely-honed lacquer art. Together with her older sister,...

Exploring the secrets of ‘Shoah’

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Just how do you make an honest film about the Holocaust? By not pretending to show what it was like, insisted Claude Lanzmann, who devoted 50 years to keeping our memories of...

À la recherche de la vérité sur l’affaire Dag Hammarskjöld

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War and humanitarian reporting: Donors and aid agencies need a radical rethink

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Global Geneva seeks to highlight the role of trusted, but critical solutions-oriented reporting and why it needs to be supported in the public interest.  “Without local and international...

Cyber Monsters: Time to do something about social media perverting our kids

What are young people – our new generation of the future – supposed to think when the President of the United States – the supposed “leader of the free world” -...

Swiss Journeys: Neuchâtel – combining nature and culture (Part I)

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The following is Part I of two-article reportage by Italo-Swiss journalist Luisa Ballin on the Canton of Neuchâtel as part of Swiss Journeys, our regular Global Geneva series of discovery. (Also to be published in...

Made in U.S.A. — Godard spills the beans on politics and atrocity

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Jean-Luc Godard - 89 on 3 December 2019 - makes probably the most charmless films in the history of cinema. But this statement should be read as a description not a judgment. His films highlight...

2020 Martin Ennals Award nominations: Three exceptional women

The following is part of Global Geneva's ongoing commitment to the reporting of 'international Geneva' themes, including human rights. Representing 10 of the world’s leading human rights organizations, notably Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Brot...

Antonio Hodgers, de requérant d’asile à Président du Conseil d’Etat de Genève

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Edition Française This article is part of Global Geneva’s development of a French-language component at the request of readers. The following piece (a shorter version will be published in English) focuses on Argentinian-born Antonio Hodgers,...

Salman Bal, nouveau directeur du Centre d’Accueil de la Genève internationale (CAGI): D’un village...

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This article is part of Global Geneva's development of a French-language component at the request of readers. The following piece (a shorter version will be published in English) focuses on Salman Bal, the new...

Metin Arditi: l’écrivain amoureux de la Suisse et de l’Esprit français (Edition française)

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At the request of readers, Global Geneva will start publishing occasional articles in French, or both in English and French. EVENT: Conférence de Metin Arditi: Swiss Made Culture. Vendredi 6 septembre 2019,18h30. Hôtel Royal, Crans-Montana, Suisse. (Conference on the...

Switzerland, Afghanistan and the Seas

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This article is part of Global Geneva's Focus on Oceans series and appears in the Fall, 2019 print and e-edition. STROLLING ALONG THE COBBLED-STONE STREETS of Geneva’s Old Town, you can take a quick side-trip...

Climate Crisis: The Race No One is Winning

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UPDATED. The goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the mid-21st century. It calls on...

Mangroves: a tool for climate change – and more

Community participation is the key to successful nature-based solutions to environmental challenges, IUCN argues. This article is part of Global Geneva's Focus on Oceans series. Mangrove forests have a special place in my heart, making the...

Showcase 2030: EPFL open day for groundbreaking sustainable development projects

As part of its 50 year anniversary but also launch of its first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) report, the EPFL Tech4Impact  initiative is holding an open day for the public on Wednesday, 10 April...

Defending Human Rights Defenders: The Legacy of Martin Ennals

After arriving at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, where the Australian immigration authorities sent him under the Canberra government’s offshore asylum policy, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee, became QNK002. This...

EPFL: A logical partner for AGORA

See main article on AGORA Rising, International's Switzerland new cancer research hub. "I don't care where our students and faculty come from," famously noted EPFL's former president, Patrick Aebischer, leading up to a Swiss-wide referendum...

The ‘chair’ is missing a leg: young people’s call for Rights of Nature

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“The “chair” is missing a leg…if we lived in peace and in harmony with Nature, the leg would still be there and provide true stability and sustainability.” (Dr. Michèle Perrin-Taillat, an advocate of the...

Crowdfunding the books you want, and disrupting big business

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Gib Bulloch, who grew up on the Scottish Isle of Bute, distinguished himself by leading a corporate "guerrilla movement" inside one of the largest global consulting organizations. Now 51, Gib (born Gilbert, but he...

Alain Gachet – A water wizard for the planet

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This article is published in our November 2018-January 2018 edition as part of our Global Genevans section. Global Genevans are unusual individuals who embody the spirit and themes of the world-wide International Geneva community. In...

Letter from Taiz: Yemen’s last bastion of hope

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Global Geneva seeks to provide personal insights based on first-hand experiences into humanitarian and conflict situations around the world.  Senseless violence, lawlessness, resilient people tired of conflict, and a country in chaos: these were my...

Jeff Danziger – A cartoonist on the political frontline

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This article is part of our Global Genevans section to be published in the Autumn, 2018 print and e-edition. Not long after the Soviets left Afghanistan in early 1989, Jeff Danziger, then working for The...

Geneva Airport – The challenges – and problems – facing International Geneva’s aerial gateway

KEEPING TRAFFIC MOVING IS A CRITICAL CHALLENGE both for Geneva and its airport. But for André Schneider, who has been running Geneva airport as its CEO since 2016, these are no mysteries. He knows he...

GENEVA’S CELESTIAL SPHERE – More than just a...

THE “CELESTIAL SPHERE” IS A LARGE STEEL AND BRONZE outdoor sculpture located on the campus of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Readily recognized as a symbol both of the UN and the “International Geneva”...

NESTLE Whistleblower letter to company CEO Ulf Mark Schneider

TEXT AS FOLLOWS - Also see whistleblowing article on the Nestle case. Registered letter Mr Ulf Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé, S.A. 55, Avenue Nestlé, CH-1800 Vevey   Nyon, 29 March 2017 Dear Mr Schneider, During the several months since...

Writing – or attending literary events – in Switzerland

The following article may serve as an inspiration for those attending the Geneva Book Fair, visiting Switzerland or simply living in the region. The literary urge kicks into top gear as summer approaches. The Fondation...

Project 1800: Saving the SDGs – and the world

“There is simply not enough capital in the current paradigm. We need to reframe capitalism,” observes Arthur Wood, the Geneva-based international development consultant who convened Project 1800. The Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) recently underwrote...

Book publishing confronts the Internet

This article is in conjunction with the 2018 Geneva Book Fair's hosting of New York as its honorary guest.  In the early 1960s, a charismatic visionary named Ted Nelson began working on a concept that...

Guest Podcast by ALTAMAR: Will Europe’s year ahead be even rougher?

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Merkel is weaker, fringe parties are gaining steam across the Schengen Area, uncertainty hangs over Italy's March elections, Macron's EU reforms seem increasingly unpalatable, and, not to be bested, a Brexiteering UK is gearing...

Reporting the destruction of France’s cultural heritage: Why is our editor on trial?

Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet's watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Hardly anyone else could...

‘No Billag’ – A threat to Swiss public broadcasting : will the Swiss vote against...

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«No Billag» : les Suisses vont-ils bouleverser leur paysage médiatique? French version: Le 4 mars, on votera pour ou contre la suppression de la redevance radio-TV. Les opposants craignent la disparition de l’audio-visuel public. La couverture...

JAI  JAGAT 2020 – DELHI-GENEVE: La marche pacifique des sans-pouvoir du monde entier ...

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French Version by Daniel Wermus Jai Jagat 2020 ("la victoire du monde"), c'est le nom de cet évènement préparé par le mouvement indien Ekta Parishad ("Forum de l'Unité"). Fondé en 1991 par Rajagopal P.V., un...

Is it still possible to provide ethical humanitarian aid?

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. “Humanitarian ethics? Isn’t that an oxymoron these days? A contradiction in terms?” So said a rather jaded humanitarian worker...

Swiss banks & money-laundering in the shadows of Latin American democracy

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. IN JUNE 2015, MARCELO ODEBRECHT, THE CEO OF NORBERTO ODEBRECHT and the man in command of one of the world’s largest construction companies,...

PADDLING FOR CANCER: Reaching out with success

This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE UP IN THE JURA MOUNTAINS (on the shores of the Lac de Joux to be precise) on...