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.
Highlighting the importance of providing global healthcare is challenging when policymakers are unable to find personal connections, says Joanne Liu, president of Médecins Sans Frontières. The Canadian pediatrician heading the NGO says that Western leaders only realized the urgency of the deadly Ebola outbreak after cases were repatriated back to Europe and the United States. She also says that access to medicine needs to be considered a "collective issue" in dealing with diseases that have no borders.
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a Geneva-based inter-governmental organization, promotes the public's access to earth data, including satellite images, also of critical utility in policy-making. Director Barbara Ryan speaks to Paula Dupraz-Dobias about how the organization is pushing for data sharing, which may have a positive economic impact to the tune of 2.1 billion dollars globally.
Khalid Koser, executive director of Geneva-based GCERF (Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund), tells CNNMoney Switzerland that "soft" alternatives provided to disenfranchised populations may be more effective in countering the rise of violent extremism than military means. The organization offers support to "at risk" communities in countries in Africa and Asia. Koser explains that in addition to forcing people to flee their communities, violent extremism also has meant high economic costs for local and global economies.
Negative perceptions of migrants are at odds with economic realities, according to United Nations special representative on migration Louise Arbour. The former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, who is heading the drive for a global compact on migration, tells CNNMoney Switzerland about the important role migrants play in developed countries.
As the United States and China begin a tit for tat on tariffs, Arancha Gonzalez, executive director of the International Trade Center, tells CNNMoney Switzerland that developing countries will have the most to lose. "Protectionism does not protect anyone," affirms Gonzalez. Just back from Kigali, Rwanda, where a historic continental free trade agreement was signed on Friday, March 23, the ITC chief says African leaders were proud of their achievements but confused that developed countries were now regressing on free trade.
A Geneva-based organization is convinced of the value vocational learning can bring to job-seekers and companies around the world. Shea Gopaul, the director of Global Apprenticeship Network, tells Martina Fuchs about how the group has been helping to export Switzerland's "gold mine", where learning skills can resolve joblessness and boost economies.
Ivan Pictet, the former Senior Managing Partner at Pictet Bank is also president of the Foundation pour Genève, a center that promotes the international development of Geneva. He speaks to Martina Fuchs about what Geneva means for him and how it will adapt to global changes that affect the city's core.
The United Nations Office at Geneva is the global organization’s second-largest hub after its New York headquarters. Its current Director-General, Michael Møller, talks to CNNMoney Switzerland Anchor Martina Fuchs about the challenges of managing budgets, the pressure to reform the UN's massive bureaucracy, and how to maintain Geneva's attractiveness for international organizations.
In Part 2 of The Newsmaker interview with Michael Møller from the United Nations’ Geneva Office, CNNMoney Switzerland’s Martina Fuchs talks to him about the impact of foreign aid cuts by the U.S and other governments, how to improve the organisation’s global advocacy, and the role Switzerland plays within the organization. The Director-General estimates that the UN spends around CHF 5.5 billion per year in Geneva and involves almost 10% of the local population.