International Switzerland’s gold mine of knowledge: an unexploited global asset

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Despite the promise, Switzerland is doing relatively little about getting the rest of the world to understand what this incredible community of international aid workers, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and advocates has to...

The case for letting go of humanitarian reform

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While there’s consensus that the humanitarian system is under stress, successive waves of reform over the past couple of decades have failed. Five years after a laundry list of changes were agreed...

The 2021 Martin Ennals Award: Yu Wensheng of China

Updated: 1850 Hours. Thursday, 11 February, 2021. The Awards ceremony, including profile videos of the three finalists, can be watched HERE. Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva’s op-ed column for quality...

Le droit au retour des réfugiés et déplacés palestiniens rend-il impossible la paix entre...

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Le chaud et le froid. La situation au Moyen-Orient connaîtra-t-elle un nouvel élan après le départ de Donald Trump, soutien inconditionnel du Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahou, l’arrivée de Joe Biden à la présidence des...

Looking at Davos: the how-to of successful virtual meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has promoted a lot of new thinking as to how one can produce an inciteful and competitive online gathering that will draw both participants and audiences. Many people are...

Cent ans de multilatéralisme actif à Genève

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EDITION FRANCAISE: L’éditrice Suzanne Hurter déclare dans un message filmé de présentation : « J’ai eu envie de réaliser cet ouvrage, lorsque j’ai appris que la Société des Nations fêtait son centième anniversaire. Il...

Geneva and Afghanistan: War and peace in the time of COVID-19

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For most people around the world, 2020 will be remembered as the year of COVID-19. A period that redefined anxiety, isolation, and abandonment and rekindled the spirit of community, connections, and solidarity...

The Switzerland-China Agreement: the dangers of becoming Beijing’s security satellite

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Switzerland's latest "lives for money" scheme with the People's Republic of China has the Bern government offering to sacrifice basic civil liberties of individuals residing and seeking asylum on its soil – — with neither...

The ex-monk and the Thai sex mafia: helping victims find another way

We have selected Hartanto Gunawan as one of our Global Genevans. These are inspired individuals, such as French water wizard Alain Gachet, Danish environmentalist Inger Andersen or Swiss ornithologist Luc Hoffmann,...

Chappatte: Plunging into the depths of the Coronavirus wave

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ENGLISH VERSION: The second wave of Covid-19 has hit millions hard on all continents. The disbelief felt since last March has been succeeded by the anguish many of...

Agenda 2021: a youth cure for the UN

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Any new hire entering the United Nations these days must be struck by the fact that not only is the institution showing its age, but its top management is too.  The UN...

Chappatte plonge ‘Au cœur de la vague du coronavirus’

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EDITION FRANCAISE: La deuxième vague de Covid-19 frappe de plein fouet des millions de citoyens sur tous les continents. À l’incrédulité ressentie depuis mars dernier a succédé l’angoisse. Pour tenter de comprendre...

Covid-19 : l’électrochoc pour un rééquilibrage entre environnement, être humain et économie (French edition)

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L’élection à la présidence et vice-présidence des Etats-Unis du duo Joe Biden-Kamala Harris permettra-t-elle de faire avancer le dossier de l’engagement des Etats en faveur du climat, après la signature de l’Accord...

Switzerland and the pandemic: Does the economy matter more?

UPDATED 9 December, 2020: Unlike most Europeans and North Americans, East Asians take their masks seriously. From China, Taiwan and Thailand to Singapore, people have tended traditionally to wear face gear in...

2020 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature: Mia Couto

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The Jan Michalski Foundation jury noted the “exceptional quality of the writing, which subtlely mixes orality and narrative, letters, tales, fables, dreams and beliefs, all in the heart of a historical reality,...

Podcast interviews: STEP into a Better World – A call to action (9-10 December,...

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As media partner with Impact17 for the STEP into a Better World conference in Geneva, Global Insights Magazine and Global Geneva Group have co-hosted a number of pod interviews (available below) with...

Eliminating nuclear weapons before they eliminate us

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Last month on 24 October 2020, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted in July 2017 by 122 states at the United Nations, reached 50 ratifications. This triggered the treaty's entry into...

Switzerland’s proposed responsible business reforms: no great expectations

Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva’s oped section. The campaigners for the initiative were attempting to end the impunity of Swiss multinational corporations against human rights abuses and environmental...

Internships: My experience with a human rights foundation

I still remember that day about a year ago when the Communication Manager from the Martin Ennals Foundation (MEF) called me to tell me that I was hired for the internship. I...

Jungle Jabbah, Alieu Kosiah and the fight against war crimes impunity

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This month, the Swiss Federal Court at Bellinzona will hold the first ever trial of a Liberian citizen for war crimes committed during the African country’s horrendous civil wars. Victims will be represented by the...

Why Climate Change matters to your security, health & wealth

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Written by Paul Mayewski, Charles Norchi and Alexander More Far too many governments, businesses, political factions or local interest groups ranging from the United States to Tanzania are...

Geneva’s Palais des Nations scandal

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Geneva could have had a Palais des Nations by Le Corbusier, the most influential architect of the 20th century. However, the League of Nations, which built the Palais overlooking Lake Geneva as...

FOCUS Wildlife & Pandemics: COVID-19, bushmeat and poaching in Africa

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When the lockdowns to counter COVID-19 across the world began earlier this year, many environmentalists, tourism operators and even international corporations expressed concern that the drastic reduction in tourists going on safari...

Whistleblowing: Time for international Switzerland to meet the global standard

Zurich theatre dramatizes Yasmine's whistleblower story, with music: 5-7 November 2020 (LINK) Switzerland may be small, but it’s a diplomatically and economically crucial country. It...

Beyond Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The new nuclear arms race

Less than half a year ago, most of the Earth’s inhabitants could barely imagine a pandemic besieging almost the entire planet, shutting down numerous economies, and killing hundreds of thousands of people...

La Suisse vue de Paris et de Bruxelles

Le correspondant du quotidien Le Temps à Paris l’affirme : « Si l'on parle de la Suisse en général, l'image est incontestablement positive. Même les clichés sur la Suisse sont souvent positifs : discipline, travail, rigueur. Il...

Publishing World’s Evil Empire? How Facebook and other social media subvert journalism

UPDATED: 9 August, 2020. Facebook is not alone. Google, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and other social media outlets do virtually the same thing. If reliable content, coupled with an informed public and democracy,...

Covid-19 et crise économique ne doivent pas éclipser l’urgence climatique

Comment affronter un présent angoissant et penser un futur innovant et positif, alors que l’attention des dirigeants politiques et des citoyens est avant tout centrée sur l’urgence sanitaire due au coronavirus et...

HELVETICA: Swiss Style and 60 years of font war

"The Swiss were good," admits the authoritative design magazine Print. What it meant was the post-1945 artistic movement from Switzerland launched as Die Neue Graphik and later dubbed Swiss Style.

Rachel et les siens : le roman de Metin Arditi qui relate la Palestine...

Metin Arditi est l’un des écrivains francophones les plus lus. Parmi la douzaine de romans qu’il a signés figurent également Victoria-Hall, La Fille des Louganis, Le Turquetto (Prix Jean Giono 2011), Prince...

‘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?

Edition Française. Global Geneva is including French-language articles on ‘international Geneva’ themes as part of its worldwide outreach to Francophone audiences. A reminder: we make our content free worldwide. If you like...

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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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 the...

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

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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. If you like what we are doing to...

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” -...