Failing drug policies require new approach, says global drug group  Failing drug policies require new approach, says global drug group  Failing drug policies require new approach, says global drug group
Prohibitionist policies that criminalize drug users and ineffectively tackle transnational crime need to change, according to Khalid Tinasti, Executive Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Years after Switzerland tackled opioid addiction in Zurich, Tinasti says the country has lagged behind in formulating effective drug policy for other substances. The Geneva-based group is chaired by former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss and includes other former heads of state, former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, and Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson.
Martina Fuchs
Female executives face many “broken ladders”
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.
Martina Fuchs
Why corporate social responsibility is “dead”
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.
Martina Fuchs
Will 3-D printed guns become the new reality?
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.
Martina Fuchs
Where war crimes and social media intersect
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.
Martina Fuchs
“We have to carry on,” says Kofi Annan Foundation’s interim chairman
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.”
Martina Fuchs
Are we back to the Cold War?
Why was 2017 one of the most violent years since the end of the Cold War? We asked Thania Paffenholz, head of the government-funded think tank Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI). She also explained what businesses can do to help fix the situation.
Martina Fuchs
Relaxation of Swiss arms exports a surprise, Disarmament Platform says
Richard Lennane, executive director of the Geneva Disarmament Platform, is concerned that the Federal Council is giving more weight to its commercial interests than its humanitarian traditions. The Swiss government’s stance on nuclear weapons is also a surprise, according to the NGO.
Martina Fuchs
HIV is no longer a death sentence, says IAS’s Kevin Osborne
The new executive director of the International AIDS Society says great progress has been made in the fight against AIDS. But Kevin Osborne warns of complacency: “If there’s one lesson we’ve learned, it’s that we have to keep our eye on the target,” he tells Martina Fuchs in International Geneva.
Martina Fuchs
Making the voice of developing countries heard
The South Centre is an intergovernmental organization that was founded in 1995 to help developing nations and to promote their common interests. “Developed countries need to consider developing countries’ interests in a more respectful manner,” Carlos Correa, the new executive director of the South Centre, tells Martina Fuchs in this week’s International Geneva.
Martina Fuchs
International Standards are an “invitation to excellence,” says ISO Secretary-General
From the size of your credit card to environmental and food safety standards, the International Organization for Standardization touches our lives every day. Since its establishment in 1947, it has established more than 22,000 international standards. But the implementation of its standards are voluntary and consensus-based. In this episode of International Geneva, Martina Fuchs asks the ISO Secretary-General, Sergio Mujica, if this weakens the organization. “No, it’s the other way around. We are proposing voluntary standards because this is an invitation to excellence,” he says.
Martina Fuchs
Ending malnutrition “requires leadership at the highest, highest level,” says GAIN’s director
In a world where enough food is produced for everyone, 815 million people—or one in nine—still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more—one in three—suffer from some form of malnutrition, according to the World Food Programme. So what’s gone wrong? “There is not enough political leadership,” Lawrence Haddad, executive director of the Geneva-based Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, tells Martina Fuchs in this week’s International Geneva. “It really requires leadership at the highest, highest level.”
Martina Fuchs
Robots still not ready to replace man during land mine removal, says Geneva-based organization GICHD
More than one-third of the world’s nations are contaminated by anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions, and other explosive remnants of war. As the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) celebrates its 20th anniversary, we ask whether there’s anything to celebrate. Director Stefano Toscano tells Martina Fuchs that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel, but that human minesweepers are still better at detecting and removing landmines than robots.
Martina Fuchs
Too much visibility is a risk in armed conflicts, says Geneva Call’s director general
The goal of Geneva Call is a simple, and noble, one: To protect civilians in armed conflicts. But the NGO, founded in 2000, is fighting for a variety of issues, from trying to ban the use of anti-personnel mines to prohibiting sexual violence and to combating gender discrimination. Martina Fuchs sat down with Alain Délétroz, the organization's director general, to find out why keeping a low profile is key to his work. "Too much visibility can play against us,” he says. “We have to strike a balance between visibility and the work on the ground."
Martina Fuchs
Harnessing big data to forecast global crisis
What if an app could predict international conflicts with more than 90% accuracy? This is the next generation of war forecasting, according to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Founded by the Swiss government, the GCSP has the mission of making the world a safer place. For this to happen, using big data and artificial intelligence has become crucial, as Director Christian Dussey tells Martina Fuchs.

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