International cooperation, humanitarian assistance and human rights are at the heart of International Geneva. We go in depth with public and private organizations and the people representing them to explore Swiss-made global governance and its challenges.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative looks to better embed sustainability in bank operations to help tackle global warming. There are already more than 2,000 global signatories representing more than USD 80 trillion in assets. But out of the 80 banks that have given their support so far, none of them are Swiss. Eric Usher, who heads the initiative, says he has “high expectations” that they will join the mix before its launch in September.
The European Union’s law to ban single-use plastic items will come into effect in 2021. But the Swiss government is reluctant to take similar steps to fight plastic waste. Bruno Pozzi, the new director at the UN Environment’s Europe Office, says the choice is ours.
Food giants like Nestlé and Unilever use IBM’s Food Trust blockchain, a digital system for tracking and tracing foods, to find contamination in their supply chains. But Kazuaki Miyagishima, director at the Department of Food Safety at the World Health Organization, is concerned that small food companies don’t have access to such technologies.
The new eTrade for Women Network launched by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva aims at closing the digital gender gap. “This can become a global powerhouse,” says the network’s coordinator Candace Nkoth Bisseck.
Young students from around the world participated in the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) 2019. They simulated the negotiation processes of the actual UN. But the students say that it’s more than just a game. Find out how these youth delegates plan to take climate change action to another level back home.
For the past 50 years, Public Eye has monitored the business practices of Swiss companies abroad. The Responsible Business Initiative in 2020 could be a game changer, and the NGO’s Andreas Missbach says the fight will be between big campaign money and grassroots activists.
The Global Compact Network Switzerland, a UN body, says Swiss companies need to be responsible when doing business globally. But until the Swiss government passes legislation, can real change happen? Executive Director Antonio Hautle hopes corporate conscience is enough for now.
The WWW was born in Geneva in 1989 and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. But with issues such as data privacy and censorship “it needs fixing,” says Bruno Giussani, president of the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), which is tackling this topic in its 2019 edition.
The 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols form the core of international humanitarian law, regulating the conduct of armed conflict and protecting civilians. But 70 years on, are they still relevant?
This year, 3,400 U.S. economists, former Fed Chairs, and Nobel laureates issued a call for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Urs Luterbacher of the Graduate Institute Geneva has joined the battle. He also explains how International Geneva is getting involved and what Switzerland should do.
UN Women is the United Nations entity tasked with fighting gender inequality. “Most women are confronted with the sticky floors of structural barriers, but also with broken ladders,” argues Christine Loew, director of the Liaison Office in Geneva.
Corporate social responsibility may have been trendy, but its days are numbered, according to Peter Bakker, president and CEO of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Find out why CSR has lost momentum to sustainability.
In 2017, more than 1 billion small arms were in circulation, and now the threat of 3-D printed guns is rising, too. “Fortunately, what’s out there is still rudimentary,” says Eric Berman of the Geneva-based, government-funded Small Arms Survey. But, he warns, they could soon become more effective.
Based in Geneva, Justice Rapid Response deploys a stand-by roster of criminal justice professionals to investigate international crimes and human rights violations as quickly as possible. Executive Director Nina Suomalainen explains how social media is changing the way they work.
The passing of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan left a big void for the independent, non-profit Kofi Annan Foundation. Interim Chairman Jenö Staehelin tells Martina Fuchs how the organization is coping with the loss and how it plans to carry on his legacy: “Now we have to face the future.”