Former banker bullish on International Geneva Former banker bullish on International Geneva Former banker bullish on International Geneva
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.
Martina Fuchs
MeteoSwiss: Money can’t buy climate change halt
Money can’t stop climate change and extreme weather events from happening in Switzerland, Peter Binder of national weather provider MeteoSwiss warns at the 2019 World Meteorological Congress in Geneva. “We will experience more hot nights” and “more frequent droughts.”
Martina Fuchs
Space technologies to become more affordable, says pioneer Ansari
Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer, believes that in the next 50 years, humans “will have a settlement on the moon.” At the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Ansari, also CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation backed by Elon Musk, says that she thinks space business will flourish.
Martina Fuchs
Swiss banks absent from new UN sustainability initiative
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.
Martina Fuchs
Why eco-friendly Switzerland needs to clean up its plastic trash
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.
Martina Fuchs
Using blockchain to rebuild consumer trust in the food industry
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.
Martina Fuchs
UNCTAD wants to turn women from e-shoppers into digital changemakers
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.
Martina Fuchs
“There is no planet B,” says student group at the UN in Geneva
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.
Martina Fuchs
NGO hopes to set Swiss business practices abroad straight
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.
Martina Fuchs
Can this UN body force Swiss companies to change how they do business?
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.
Martina Fuchs
Why the World Wide Web “needs fixing”
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.
Martina Fuchs
Geneva Conventions turn 70: A cause for celebration or concern?
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?
Martina Fuchs
The global carbon tax: A hot topic in Switzerland, too
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.
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.

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