Ban Ki-moon in town to help Swiss celebrate 10 years of joining UN

GENEVA / BERN, SWITZERLAND – A number of celebrations and events are taking place today in Geneva and Bern to mark 10 years since Switzerland joined the United Nations. The neutral country debated and rejected motions to join the UN and its various bodies in 2002, after several years as an active observer. Among today’s […]

Head of UN to address Swiss parliament

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Lakhdar Brahimi, newly appointed Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria.

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, will become the first head of the UN to address the Swiss parliament, 11 September. His address, to both houses of parliament, will mark the 10th anniversary of Switzerland joining the international body. Switzerland long held observer status at the UN, but citizens voted against […]

International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

10th year of this annual film festival; programme available 22 February

Global Fund celebrates 10 yrs with Gates gift of $700 million

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Global Fund, which disburses monies from other organizations to fight Aids, malaria and tuberculosis, is celebrating its 10th birthday this week with a special gift: the Bill Gates Foundation, which gave $650 million during the Fund’s first decade, has just announced it is giving an additional $750m. The news, announced by […]

Alinghi looks to 10th birthday party, more sailing


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Alinghi’s president, Ernesto Bertarelli, has taken an upbeat tone about the future, now that the team’s solid defeat at the hands of BMW Oracle in the 33rd America’s Cup sailing race is behind him. He praised the resilience of his team in a statement on the Geneva-based Alinghi’s web site Wednesday […]