GLOBAL AFFAIRS

The Earth Prize: A New Ally for UNEP and UNRWA

Peter McGarry, a Geneva-based hedge fund manager and extreme runner, was inspired enough by his daughter’s passion for saving the environment that he set up The Earth Foundation in 2020 with the goal to “inspire, educate, mentor and empower students with innovative...

Why we need to cooperate more on water

Water for all: a basic need for our societies On 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. Water is the most basic need of humans, but also of plants and animals: we cannot survive without water. Access to water and sanitation are recognized as human rights. However,...

Dream big

Santiago Bustamante Villa is a young Colombian who, at 19, made his dream come true by getting into Stanford University, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. While many students would settle in for the challenges of student life, Santiago instead decided...

Where we are – the influence of maps

Maps allow us to see the world from the comfort of our own homes, but how we understand what we see on a map depends on where we call home. Place remains at the heart of establishing the national identities which come together to make up the United Nations. Where we...

Did WHO do enough to curb COVID-19?

Did you too notice that with increasing news from the Russia-Ukraine geopolitical crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have vanished! But the reality is that 2 million COVID-19 cases add up every day, and several nations (especially in the global south) have...

Take action for World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day that the United Nations has officially observed since 2012. The date for WDSD, being the 21st day of the third month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st...

Ecrire pour explorer, dire et transformer le monde

Quelle est la nature et la fonction de cette langue que vous appelez de vos vœux dans « L’autre langue des femmes » ? Dans le contexte actuel où la parole des militantes me semble souvent victimaire et trop centrée sur l’action négative d’hommes, il s’agit d’abord...

We have stolen young people’s future

Have we compromised the future of our young people? We’ve not just compromised the future of our young people. We have been stealing it. We are still stealing it, but is it not too late to do something. We have a window of time. It is closed a lot since the 1990s, but...

GLOBAL AFFAIRS

The art of moving goods from one country to another

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a cascade of border closures in Europe in a matter of days. Combined with customers rushing to supermarkets to stockpile on essential items, this led to shortages of various food and hygiene products. For many people,...

Reaching SDG 4: The necessary contribution of NGOs

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through which Heads of State and Government committed to reaching 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, of which SDG 4 states: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality...

How permanent will the fight against hunger and poverty be?

The foundation's mission is to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life. How far are you from achieving this goal? What drives our work in the countries we serve is the simple and compelling belief that all lives have...

Artificial intelligence and the future of work

How will artificial intelligence (AI) shape the future of work? What impact will it have on our workplace, our jobs and careers? Geneva Macro Labs recently raised these questions in a conference on the opportunities and risks of algorithms for employment, alternative...

Global youth – don’t write us off just yet

The world’s population is growing and getting younger – now more than half of humanity is under the age of 30 – constituting the largest young cohort in history. Current UN estimates suggest the world population will reach more than 10.8 billion by the year 2100, an...

Leaving no one behind in humanitarian action

Seven-year-old Samina is not able to walk or use her hands for tasks such as bathing, combing her hair, or holding objects. A few months before the pandemic, she had begun participating in organised activities and rehabilitation exercises, and this was making a real...

Neutrality: a changing concept?

Did you know that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has declared an International Day of Neutrality? Introduced by Turkmenistan, Resolution 71/275 of 2017 declares 12 December the International Day of Neutrality – and invites all Member States to mark its observance....

Discrimination et esclavage, même combat !

En septembre 2001, la communauté internationale adoptait la Déclaration et le Plan d’action de Durban, un plan de bataille mondial contre le racisme, la discrimination raciale, la xénophobie et l’intolérance. Vingt ans après Durban, force est de constater que la...

“Go out there, be a photographer”

April 2016, I am sitting on a train gliding along the pretty lakes of central Switzerland and my life is about to take a decisive turn. In my hand is the job description for the position as Photo Editor of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The paper is entirely covered...

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