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“We have to carry on,” says Kofi Annan Foundation’s interim chairman“We have to carry on,” says Kofi Annan Foundation’s interim chairman“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.”
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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.
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.
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