Taking stock: Geneva’s international organizations’ renovations

WHO headquarters in Geneva

Improved work space and better energy use give breath of fresh air to tired buildings GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fipoi is not an acronym that is as familiar as many in Geneva, where they abound as the names we know for international organizations, but without Fipoi most of them would not be here. Monday the federal […]

Geneva sports director resigns

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Brief and to the point, the city of Geneva mailed out a press release Monday morning 26 March to say its unnamed sports director is resigning, effective the end of March, with an investigation underway. The city says it will not comment further or issue more statements, typical in cases where a […]

Floods move into Bangkok

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The massive flooding that has hit Thailand now threatens the capital, Bangkok, and its governor, Sukhumbhand Paribatra, has ordered the city to open its floodgates to let water run out to the sea through city canals. There are fears in some government quarters that the system may leak, causing flooding in the […]

Qaddafi regime toppling, but fighting rages on

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two of the sons of Muammar Qadaffi are under arrest as rebels take over the city of Tripoli, in Libya Monday 22 August. But the man who led the country for more than 40 years has not yet been found and fighting rages on Monday morning around the Qadaffi compound in the […]

Geneva airport: no flights again, Tuesday morning (update)

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – European flights remain chaotic Tuesday morning 21 December, and there are now fears that the repercussions will continue to affect flights through Christmas. Among Tuesday’s announcements from airports and airlines: no flights are departing or arriving at Geneva’s Cointrin (update: still closed at 11:00). BA says that only half its Heathrow […]

Geneva thefts drop 5% say police

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – City thefts have fallen by 5 percent in the five months that Operation Figaro has been running, say Geneva police. The drop in suburban areas is 12 percent and the number of first-time arrests has risen four-fold, signs that Geneva is losing its appeal as a city for petty crime, according […]

Geneva’s new international police replace Swiss military at embassies


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Seventeen newly trained Geneva police officers are now on duty outside diplomatic missions in the city, part of the group that has replaced some of the Swiss soldiers in training who have had the job in the past. Long-term Swiss soldiers continue to provide some protection to embassies, consulates and missions, […]

Geneva’s auditing system comes up short

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The city of Geneva’s internal auditing system has come in for sharp criticism in a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the outside firm brought in to assess the situation. A high rate of absenteeism probably due to internal conflicts, staff with no training or qualifications in the area of audits and old, obsolete […]

Geneva city, canton, throw support to GSHC

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – Geneva Servette Hockey Club has won the love and admiration not only of its growing number of local fans, but of the city and canton of Geneva. The two have thrown their financial support behind the club led by Chris McSorley, which finished the recent Swiss season in second place: CHF1.6 […]

Free parking shrinks in Geneva as Ave de la Paix to get for-pay spaces

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – There are fewer than 1,000 free parking places in Geneva now, the Tribune de Geneve reports, with Avenue de la Paix, near the United Nations and International Red Cross buildings becoming for-pay parking slot. The city is under pressure in a number of neighbourhoods from locals who see their free parking […]