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 […]

Greece begins immigration roundups

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Greek police say that over 6,000 people have been detained in Athens for suspicion of being illegal immigrants. The Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, has voiced concern that migrants from war-torn countries and genuine asylum-seekers could be denied the right of protection due to the massive campaign against illegal […]

UK provides additional funds for flood-hit Pakistan

Flooding in the Province of Punjab, near the city of Multan, in Pakistan, August 15, 2010. UN chief Ban Ki-moon pledged to speed up international aid for as many as 20 million people hit by Pakistan's floods, warning the "heart-wrenching" disaster was far from over.  The United Nations has appealed for 460 million dollars to deal with the immediate aftermath of the floods, but has warned that billions will be needed in the long term as villages, businesses, crops and infrastructure have been wiped out. Image: AFP photo / UN photo / Evan SCHNEIDER / (Newscom TagID: afplivethree490607)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration, IOM, announced today 7 August, that the UK has donated an additional five million pounds to the organization to provide shelter to residents of the Sindh province in Pakistan which was severely affected by the 2010 floods. “The project extension will help an additional 10,000 vulnerable […]

Rio+20 (Chappatte cartoon)


©2012 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Switzerland takes top slot for innovation, out of 125 economies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland moved up three places from its 2010 position to take the top spot in the Global Innovation Index (GII), followed by Sweden and Singapore. The index is designed to encourage public-private dialogue on innovation as a key driver for economic growth. Switzerland was in 7th place in 2009. Its first place […]

Homosexual marriages ok’d in New York

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Homosexual marriages were made legal in New York Friday 24 June, sparking citywide celebrations. The move comes just days after the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva approved a South African resolution covering homosexual rights that was strongly supported by the US. US Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said in Geneva 17 […]

World anti-tobacco noise drowned out by cell phones


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – To say Monday 31 May was a day that went up in smoke for the The World Health Organization (WHO) would be an exaggeration, but media attention for its annual “world no tobacco day” appeared to take second place to cells phones and cancer. Global media instead reacted with an instant buzz […]

New standards to measure how pure your instant coffee is

How pure is your cuppa joe? - Cartoon by A. Rosa, ISO

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has developed a new standard to certify “the purity and quality of soluble coffee powder” and a tool to “detect possible adulterations” in soluble/instant coffee. It seems that sipping your favorite instant cuppa Joe labeled “100% pure soluble coffee” might leave a bitter taste […]

Geneva-based Global Fund granted US$1 Billion by the US

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Geneva-based Global Fund’s grants for programmes that fight tuberculosis, malaria and HIV-Aids have gotten a US$1 billion boost for the 2011 fiscal year. The announcement was made on 18 April by the Vernier based headquarters. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, said he was “grateful” to President Barack Obama and to the […]

World food prices reach historic high

The UN’s world-food price index rose to 231 in January, a 3.4 percent increase over December and a record highest level since the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began tracking prices. This is the seventh consecutive monthly record-breaking rise, showing a continuing trend that is particularly worrisome for poorer countries that must import much of […]