WEF draws gloomy world risks picture

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The conclusion is dry and to the point: “The frequency and severity of risks to global stability have amplified, while the ability of global governance systems to deal with them has not.” The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk 2011 was published 12 January, in time to give world economic and […]

UN in Geneva grapples with French

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The United Nations in Geneva has two administrative working languages, English and French, but French, the language of the host city, is increasingly overlooked, says a group of French-speaking journalists, one of whom was named 10 January as observer to the UN and international organizations. Documents that should be available in […]

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue names new president

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A former high-ranking UN official has been named President of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), an international mediation organization which in 2010 was the victim of a CHF3.8 million fraud. Jean-Marie Guehenno, 61, a French national who was the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the UN for eight years, will […]

World given rare chance to hear Eritrean music

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Eritrea’s new album, “Eritrea’s Got Soul”, is one of the world’s best holiday gifts, for the power of the unlikely recordings to tell a story from a small African nation. Three international albums in 50 years for a population of five million people with nine languages who have their own musical […]

European airline profits likely to remain sluggish

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) -European airlines will continue to be the laggards in the airline industry in 2011, Giovanni Bisignani, Iata’s director general and CEO, told journalists at the International Air Transport Association’s annual press day. Profits worldwide for the industry are now expected to end 2010 up $15.1 billion, well above the $8.9 billion forecast […]

Burma/Myanmar refugees flooding Thailand

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Two Geneva-based UN organizations, the International Organization for Migration and the UNHCR (High Commissioner for Refugees) say that refugees from Myanmar/Burma have been pouring into Thailand in the wake of Myanmar elections Sunday 7 November. The elections have been widely denounced by other countries as fraudulent, with citizens not having the […]

Translators celebrate their day today

The International Federation of Translators (IFT/FIT) celebrates international translators day 30 September around the theme “Translation Quality for a Variety of Voices“. The IFT points out that translation is one of the oldest professions, and translators need a mastery of the languages they translate into and out of, but also a broad general knowledge and […]

Successful global fight against Aids faces funding cuts

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The fight against Aids and HIV infection world-wide has chalked up some significant successes, including access to treatment for 80 percent of the HIV-positive women in need in 15 countries in 2009, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released 28 September. One million more people started anti-retroviral treatment (ART)  […]

New clues on the killing of humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan

The only survivor of the massacre that took the lives of ten humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan has pieced together the last moments of the group working for the Geneva-registered, faith-based organization International Assistance Mission (IAM). The man has described to investigators how six Americans, two Afghans, one German and a Briton were killed on […]

Aid workers killed in Afghanistan worked for IAM a Geneva-registered organization (video)

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – The Geneva-registered, faith-based organization International Assistance Mission (IAM), is working with authorities in Afghanistan to shed light on the attack that took the lives of 10 of its members in Badakhshan last week. The victims, six American doctors including three women, one Briton, a German and two Afghans, had been working […]