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...

Building Bridges for Geneva and the world: Breaking the silos

On the face of it, what International Switzerland has to offer is exceptional in the way of knowledge, expertise and diplomacy, particularly with regard to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But unless more appropriate and, above all,...

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...

The poor are everywhere: what can one person do?

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights’ op-ed section. Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened hunger and poverty in many parts of the world. According to the World Bank, by the end of 2021 about...

Switzerland’s Sundance edition 19

Countering the clichés Though the Valais is home to only 1% of the Swiss population (including me), its upper regions, including Zermatt, account for a "proportionally enormous" part of Switzerland onscreen, as cinema historian Cornelius...

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...

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...

Cent ans de multilatéralisme actif à Genève

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 m’a semblé...
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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...

This Is the Big One: Israel must survive, but requires coexistence with Palestine.

DRAGUIGNAN, France -- Suppose cameras spot a terrorist cluster in Times Square Station at rush hour. Police can seal exits, lob in explosives and express regret for “unavoidable” collateral damage. To retain their old...

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...

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” - lies or...

Appel de l’ONU pour des fonds destinés à 28 millions de personnes en Afghanistan...

Edition Française: Discuter avec les Talibans ou les boycotter ? La question taraude les dirigeants occidentaux. Mais la tragédie humanitaire des Afghanes et des Afghans exige un certain pragmatisme. Selon l’AFP, la délégation des Talibans,...

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 what we do,...

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,...

The Public-Relations Industry Grabs a Foothold in the UN

The following article was first published by Passblue.com, an independent, women-led journalism site based in New York that closely covers the US-UN relationship, women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other key global matters. We...

To Be or Not to Be: Russia’s UN political appointees on the spot.

William Dowell’s regular Tom’s Paine column. See update at bottom How do you act when you are supposed to represent the world’s leading international organization dedicated to world peace and you learn that the president of...

Swiss crypto: what comes next and why you should care about it

You may have no interest in cryptocurrencies or consider them a Ponzi rip-off like Nouriel Roubini or Nobel Economics Prizewinner Paul Krugman, i.e. you don't want to be the last crypto holder to cash...

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

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...

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 that sounds strikingly like the scenario presented...

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

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,...

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

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 among the...

Geneva’s networking hub: Punching above its weight

AGIR is primarily a highly effective network for better cooperation, says Xavier Cornut, President of the Geneva-based association. Agir works closely with international stakeholders so that they can see “first hand” the benefits of...
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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...

GENEVA BUILDING BRIDGES EVENT: Leveraging International Switzerland to the World

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From systemic failure to systems rebirth - Reinforcing and Leveraging the existing Geneva / Swiss Bridge to the World for larger commercial and social impact - A physical event of the Building Bridges Week...

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 from San...

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...

Avraham Burg: A federal system for Israel

“I would like to explore the possibility of introducing the federal system in Israel” Avraham Burg In a lecture at the Global Studies Institute (GSI) you explained why the Swiss federal model inspires you. This model...

Conflit israélo-palestinien: Un changement de paradigme est nécessaire 

EDITION FRANCAISE: Que fait l’ONU par rapport à la situation des droits humains dans les Territoires palestiniens occupés depuis 1967 ? L’ONU est une grande organisation avec plusieurs parties. Elle est partagée entre l’Assemblée générale et...

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...

Joan Baez, le talent et l’engagement

Sous un cèdre majestueux, alternant moments de gravité et de légèreté, Joan Baez a enchanté son auditoire composé de personnalités genevoises, diplomates, fonctionnaires onusiens, militants des droits humains et quelques journalistes, invités à la...

María de Buenos Aires, un opéra-tango époustouflant

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Né à la fin du XIXe siècle dans la région du Rio de la Plata, à l’embouchure de l’Océan Atlantique qui sépare l’Argentine de l’Uruguay, le tango résumait en musique les aspirations...

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...

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...

Frozen Afghan Funds: The need for urgent UN Security Council action

The following article is offered on an oped basis. United Against Inhumanity (UAI)launched a campaign on 8th March to challenge the decision by some governments to freeze Afghan national reserves that have been built up since the time...

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...

Good journalism is not enough. The real issue is how to fund it.

The following article is one of a series examining the role of independent journalism as a crucial component for disseminating solutions-based information in the public interest, particularly youth. If you like what we do,...

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...

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

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 key players....

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...

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...

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...
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My FTX crypto horror story

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FTX iced me out of its community channel because I showed it was a shambles even last January. Perhaps I should have known FTX was going to end in a meltdown. Back in January...
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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...

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,”...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Le dernier voyage de Laurence Deonna

EDITION FRANCAISE (Voir version anglaise ICI) Pétillante. Talentueuse. Engagée. Indignée. Lumineuse. Laurence Deonna avait le sourire communicatif et le rire espiègle, cette politesse du désespoir et de moments tristes qu’elle ne cachait pas lors...