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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...

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...

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The future of multilateralism after Covid-19

My co-authors and I reached the same conclusion in our book entitled The Future of Diplomacy After Covid-19 : Multilateralism and the Global Pandemic, released by Routledge in May 2021. Each in our own chapter, my fellow co-authors -- Hana Alhashimi, Andres Fiallo,...

The art of harmonising varied economies

You are the first Director of the IMF who comes from an emerging economy. How has this experience influenced your understanding and action on the challenges of developing countries? If there is one clear lesson from my experiences, it is the importance of building a...

International day of awareness of food loss and waste

Over-consumption, ravaging of natural resources, mindless materialism….and waste. Even if you don’t agree with me that our society – at least in the developed world – is characterized by the first three scourges on this list, you’ll probably concur that waste is just...

Celebrating thriving deaf communities to sign for Human Rights

The International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), an international NGO with members in 130 countries. Launched in 1958, IWDP is hosted by deaf communities around the globe in the last full week of September....

The world’s most travelled document

In his novel “The World of Yesterday”, the Austrian author Stefan Zweig, described the freedom of movement that prevailed during the “Belle Epoque” (1871-1914). Back then, travelers could roam the world unhindered, provided they had sufficient means to support...

Sustainable talks for sustainable actions

What does Geneva Macro Labs do exactly? Geneva Macro Labs aspires at making sustainability a reality. Convinced that now is the time to bring our combined knowledge and understanding to tackle global challenges, we offer a new, innovative way of leveraging the...

UN reforms threaten public service

The notions behind public service, as we know it today, appeared with the creation and evolution of nation states in Europe, although it went to develop across the world. In France, for instance, it went from the concept of the common good to common utility and...

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