Geneva Conventions turn 70: A cause for celebration or concern?
The 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols form the core of international humanitarian law, regulating the conduct of armed conflict and protecting civilians. But 70 years on, are they still relevant?
The global carbon tax: A hot topic in Switzerland, too
This year, 3,400 U.S. economists, former Fed Chairs, and Nobel laureates issued a call for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Urs Luterbacher of the Graduate Institute Geneva has joined the battle. He also explains how International Geneva is getting involved and what Switzerland should do.
Female executives face many “broken ladders”
UN Women is the United Nations entity tasked with fighting gender inequality. “Most women are confronted with the sticky floors of structural barriers, but also with broken ladders,” argues Christine Loew, director of the Liaison Office in Geneva.
Why corporate social responsibility is “dead”
Corporate social responsibility may have been trendy, but its days are numbered, according to Peter Bakker, president and CEO of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Find out why CSR has lost momentum to sustainability.
Will 3-D printed guns become the new reality?
In 2017, more than 1 billion small arms were in circulation, and now the threat of 3-D printed guns is rising, too. “Fortunately, what’s out there is still rudimentary,” says Eric Berman of the Geneva-based, government-funded Small Arms Survey. But, he warns, they could soon become more effective.
Where war crimes and social media intersect
Based in Geneva, Justice Rapid Response deploys a stand-by roster of criminal justice professionals to investigate international crimes and human rights violations as quickly as possible. Executive Director Nina Suomalainen explains how social media is changing the way they work.
“We have to carry on,” says Kofi Annan Foundation’s interim chairman
The passing of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan left a big void for the independent, non-profit Kofi Annan Foundation. Interim Chairman Jenö Staehelin tells Martina Fuchs how the organization is coping with the loss and how it plans to carry on his legacy: “Now we have to face the future.”
Are we back to the Cold War?
Why was 2017 one of the most violent years since the end of the Cold War? We asked Thania Paffenholz, head of the government-funded think tank Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI). She also explained what businesses can do to help fix the situation
Relaxation of Swiss arms exports a surprise, Disarmament Platform says
Richard Lennane, executive director of the Geneva Disarmament Platform, is concerned that the Federal Council is giving more weight to its commercial interests than its humanitarian traditions. The Swiss government’s stance on nuclear weapons is also a surprise, according to the NGO.
HIV is no longer a death sentence, says IAS’s Kevin Osborne
The new executive director of the International AIDS Society says great progress has been made in the fight against AIDS. But Kevin Osborne warns of complacency: “If there’s one lesson we’ve learned, it’s that we have to keep our eye on the target,” he tells Martina Fuchs in International Geneva.