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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...

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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