DIPLOMATIC ECONOMICS: UN GENEVA’S NEW HEAD TO BRING FRESH PERSPECTIVE

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Tatiana Valovaya, the newly appointed director general of the UN office in Geneva, wants to bring a new proactive approach to the work the organization does at its European headquarters. The Russian diplomat tells CNNMoney Switzerland why her background as an economist will help make a difference in achieving this.

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