GLOBAL AFFAIRS

Are hybrid meetings here to stay?

While stuck and squeezed in an astonishingly long queue outside of the COP26 conference centre in Glasgow, I was wondering what motivated so many delegates from all corners of the world to travel such a long way to attend the event. After all, negotiations and key...

Are the days of Davos man and woman really over?

The World Economic Forum (WEF), whose annual meeting was supposed to have taken place in person last month, purports to be devoted to “improving the state of the world”. It has become an increasingly prominent feature of the global elite’s landscape since 1971, when...

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...

GLOBAL AFFAIRS

2050Today – Your climate action in Geneva as of now

Why it matters The planet has entered a state of emergency with an unprecedented risk of damage to humanity and the environment. Global warming and the collapse of biodiversity are having fatal consequences on an exponential scale. The increasing number of extreme...

Packaging done right: open recycling data

A world with zero waste where all used packaging can easily be returned for recycling – this is the vision that stimulated a team of the Geneva impACTs initiative to develop a concept for supply and consumption chain transparency. Their idea is in sharp contrast with...

Laurent Jimaja, premier maire suisse d’origine africaine

Premier maire suisse d’origine africaine, Laurent Jimaja, élu en 2015 à la tête d’une commune du Canton de Genève, se définit comme « un citoyen du monde qui a eu la chance de naître en Afrique ». Passionné depuis sa plus tendre enfance par l’environnement, c’est sous...

Chacun de nous est responsable de chaque enfant qui meurt de faim

Quels sont les critères à l’origine de l’aggravation de la faim et de la pauvreté ? Ils sont multiples mais les répercussions de la pandémie de COVID-19 a eu des effets désastreux : quelque 250 millions de personnes de plus ont basculé dans l’insécurité alimentaire...

How can cities measure their ‘IQ’?

When COVID-19 struck the world in early 2020, few cities were prepared to withstand the shockwaves it was going to impose on urban systems. In the offices and boardrooms of decision-makers, the number of hospital beds, intensive care units, or the time taken for...

COP26 – Has America’s chance to lead disappeared for good?

A world on the brink 2020 was a bad year for many reasons, but especially for Earth’s climate. 2021 may turn out to be an even worse one. Germany, Haiti, China and Greece, among many others, all suffered at the hands of the destructive rage of our rapidly warming...

The dream of empowering girls is happening

What does the International Day of the Girl Child mean for Malala Fund and how do you celebrate it? Young women and girls are passionate and eager to contribute to a better future. Some are advocating for curriculum reform and inventing climate solutions, while other...

At the service of the League of Nations

From the time, when in 1919 the first Secretary General, Sir Eric Drummond started working out of a small London office with a staff of only three, until the handover of the League of Nation’s assets to the United Nations, by Sean Leister in Geneva on 18 April 1946,...

Why we have an International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The phrase jumps out of the text of a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 23 December, 1989. The resolution proclaimed the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR), beginning on 1 January 1990, and declared the second Wednesday of...

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