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 and grossly...
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Klaus Schwab: Geneva’s unlikeliest revolutionary

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This is a slightly revised version of an article that was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. Two clichés about the Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum are...

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 public or parliamentary...

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

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, but because,...

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”...

CIVITAS MAXIMA—A Tiny Swiss Group of Lawyers Takes on War crimes and Crimes Against...

Since the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened for business 15 years ago only four cases have been successfully tried. The ICC was originally intended to be an updated, modern version of the Nuremburg trials...

New City Mayor : Promoting a Dynamic Geneva

Only recently appointed mayor of Switzerland’s second largest city, 34-year-old Guillaume Barazzone is a man with a mission. As a member of the city council but also head of the Department of Environment and...

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...

Mayors, Napoleons and Corruption: A very French curse.

Last January, police jailed several local officials in the Paris region suspected of corruption in collusion with a property developer. This was followed in early February by another case whereby a young mayor representing...

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. Swiss Style's principles of...

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...

International Geneva: Already a leader in the next Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum's Klaus Schwab calls it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It's the one that will do away with middle-class and professional jobs as we know them. It has been described as a...

Do Not Love a Refugee – A poem

Do not love a refugee. His pockets will be cramped, full with the keys of all his journey’s houses; there will be no room for candy hearts or rings. His face will be lined with...

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...

Berger & Borges : In Geneva’s Cemetery of the Kings

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The grave of Borges in the Cemetery of the Kings at Plainpalais, with its headstone inscriptions in Anglo-Saxon and old Norse, has become a place of literary pilgrimage. Berger visited the Plainpalais grave some 15...

Trump’s Impact on International Law: A Great unravelling?

Two months into the new United States administration, US President Donald Trump has already had an impact on international law, and the international legal system that now appears on the brink of unravelling. Executive...

Knocking it all down: French property developers dictate Lake Geneva’s urban vision

 Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot.” (Joni Mitchell: Yellow Taxi) Nazi Reichsmarschall  Hermann Göring may, or may not, have said: “Whenever...

David Horobin: “In today’s world a major crisis cannot be handled by one individual.”

GG: Could you give us the backstory as to how you came into crisis management? DH: I’m a logistician by profession. Out of university, armed with a Masters in Transport I started my professional life...

Photographers for Hope

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At the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) Hotel just a few kilometres from Angkor Wat in Cambodia, surrounded by photographers, chain smoking and drinking while talking about gear, I realized that I had found my...

Inger Andersen: “No one can go it alone on sustainable development.”

This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. “NATURE CONSERVATION USED TO BE CONSIDERED – perhaps – a stand-alone issue, but today we can simply no longer think this way,”...
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Chantal Akerman – In search of lost culture

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In 2022 one of her productions has been voted the greatest film of all time by British Film Institute experts Perhaps I should not have been shocked to learn that Belgian film director Chantal Akerman...

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...

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...

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...

Eva Joly on Corruption in France : The time of impunity is over

As a former investigating magistrate, Eva Joly probably knows better than anyone the problems of France’s own backyard. For the past 20 years, she has been fighting corruption in France ranging from the Bernard...

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

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 in Africa...

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

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 Geneva-based lawyers group Civitas Maxima,...

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 is home to numerous multinational corporations, from banks to food,...

International Tribunals: Justice must be seen to be done

On 31 January, 2017, the African Union (AU), in a divisive debate during its annual heads-of-state meeting, called for a mass withdrawal of its members from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Last October, the...

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...

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 her certificate...

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 public if...

Made in U.S.A. – Godard spilt the beans on politics and atrocity

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Jean-Luc Godard - who died on 13 September 2022 at 91 - made probably the most charmless films in the history of cinema. But this statement should be read as a description not a...

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 desperately want...

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

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...

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...

Fifa’s Shame : Kidnapping the Game

Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end the Germans always win. Or so maintained Gary Lineker, the popular TV commentator and former England international. He...

Crowdfunding the books you want, and disrupting big business

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...
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Switzerland’s first driverless bus. A new public transport solution?

The experimental SmartShuttle service is due to continue until the end of October. The utilitarian argument has been to take heavily-laden shoppers and pensioners 1.5km through the pedestrian streets to conventional bus stops on...

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 lieux où...

BOOK REVIEW: The Trade – Inside the Afghan Labyrinth by Jere Van Dyk

JERE VAN DYK IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED of Afghan hands. In The Trade: My Journey Into The Labyrinth Of Political Kidnapping, he shows he is as fearless in the pursuit of truth...

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, whose work or...

Switzerland, Afghanistan and the Seas

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...

Luc Hoffmann’s Legacy of Hope for the Planet

If the crane is sent from heaven to transport those destined for eternal life, then surely during his final journey Luc Hoffmann was carried on the wings of the bird that symbolizes fidelity and...

Speaking Up for the Other Europe

Brussels meant the Big Boys, the nabobs of nationalism and bureaucratic mandarins of the European Union for whom the European ideal was a larger stage on which to exercise their national ambitions. They loved...

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...

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...

Philip and Sadruddin: Two extraordinary visionaries

PERSONAL VIEW BUCKINGHAM PALACE, 27th January, 2017 Dear Ms.Willday, The Duke of Edinburgh has asked me to write and thank you for sending a copy of the book, ‘Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan’. His Royal Highness much appreciated your...

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 d’orchestre, La...

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

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 help highlight 'international Geneva' issues, then please support...