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

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...

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...

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