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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.