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People will drive digital workforce transformation

We’ve had a tantalizing glimpse of the promise of digital technology. Now it’s time to deliver transformation by engaging and empowering people to reimagine the workplace. In the past 2-3 years, the crucial work of the UN and international development agencies has...

No smoke on the water

Technically, water is said to be a resource with an inelastic demand — it has no close substitutes. Similar is the case with air, with the difference that very few people suffer from lack of air while many suffer from lack of water — clean water. So two people with a...

Tackling sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Christian Saunders, a seasoned UN reformer as Special Coordinator on Improving UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). I had the opportunity to speak with USG Saunders about his vision and priorities for...

Digital IDs are the foundation for digital transformation

As governments around the world go digital, they are becoming ever-more aware that unconnected citizens can get left behind. Without a simple way to verify their identity, citizens struggle to access important services that can make a huge difference to their lives....

“We are working in a complex system”

How has your gender impacted your career? It is likely that the answer to this question is shaped by your gender – as it is by your ethnicity, class, and location. If it were up to Gaya Herrington, Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)...

Why impact valuation is essential for all sectors

Pursuing a “feelgood preoccupation” with sustainability might originate in good intentions, but may not result in the impact we expect or desire. What matters to stakeholders is how they are or will be affected by a decision, an activity, or an intervention. This...

Repenser le positionnement des ONG vis-à-vis des sociétés civiles

Les questions de localisation de l’aide et de pérennité sont aujourd’hui au cœur du débat. Dans le milieu des ONG internationales (ONGI) elles prennent la forme d’une réflexion sur le positionnement à adopter envers les sociétés civiles locales. Retour d’expérience de...

Human rights: a scathing scorecard

The 10th of December is Universal Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). What a magnificent affirmation of the human spirit is expressed in its first article: All human beings are born free and equal...

Switzerland: a leading hub for sustainable finance

The Swiss financial center is working to position itself as a world-leading hub for sustainable finance, something that requires concrete measures that must be implemented quickly. The first milestones in this regard were achieved in 2022: the launch of the Swiss...

GLOBAL AFFAIRS

Repenser le positionnement des ONG vis-à-vis des sociétés civiles

Les questions de localisation de l’aide et de pérennité sont aujourd’hui au cœur du débat. Dans le milieu des ONG internationales (ONGI) elles prennent la forme d’une réflexion sur le positionnement à adopter envers les sociétés civiles locales. Retour d’expérience de...

Human rights: a scathing scorecard

The 10th of December is Universal Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). What a magnificent affirmation of the human spirit is expressed in its first article: All human beings are born free and equal...

Switzerland: a leading hub for sustainable finance

The Swiss financial center is working to position itself as a world-leading hub for sustainable finance, something that requires concrete measures that must be implemented quickly. The first milestones in this regard were achieved in 2022: the launch of the Swiss...

Are we ready for the next health crisis? 

What have we done right and wrong in the past? Have we learned lessons from the most recent outbreak? What are the next steps for a better outbreak response? And how does this all tie in with International Day of Epidemic Preparedness in December? Dr. Sylvie Briand,...

Bridges that —so badly— need to be built

Justice systems tend to be compact, structured, immovable, and generally slow and adverse to incorporating new visions on the advances involved in understanding the development of societies. However, it is not the institutions, but the people who compose them and the...

How to transition to a green economy

Net-zero emission reductions by 2050 alone will not be enough to stabilise our climate. To ensure that our planet remains sustainable and liveable, we must reduce both our current emissions and as well as the existing CO2 levels already present in the atmosphere....

Making roads safe for every child worldwide, but from Switzerland

1.35 million victims yearly. One life lost every 24 seconds. Over 500 children loosing their life everyday. Road traffic crashes are a  global crisis that disproportionately affects young people especially in low and middle-income countries. Preventable road...

Let the poor lead their own development

A common assumption concerning low-income families is that they are either lazy or victims that need to be rescued by some external intervention. Mauricio Miller – founder of the Community Independence Initiative and author of The Alternative – disputes this belief,...

Is the Mayor of your city already involved?

On the way to October 31st, the World Cities Day, all those who work directly or indirectly with the public sector (particularly with Municipalities), should make a brief immersion in this initiative.  Municipalities and their leaders have come to play a more decisive...

A prize for few. A benefit for many

How would you describe your key responsibilities as Executive Director of the institution? The Nobel Foundation has the ultimate responsibility for fulfilling the intentions in Alfred Nobel’s will. Our main mission is to manage Alfred Nobel’s fortune and the integrity...

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