Wisdom of A Child

Sometimes I think I have gone mad but when I reflect on what had happened, I am relieved to realise perhaps it is the business world I inhabit that is slowly but surely going completely nuts ! No matter how high level or advanced the business situation is, humanity still acts and behaves in a ridiculously self-important and self-deluding manner where there are always people around who encourage and promote lunatic behaviour for their own ends. Although I note the madness of this world, often with frustration, I am ashamed to confess that I condone it by participating in the charade. Allow me to demonstrate through two anecdotes. I worked for a large retailer who had set up a new business to explore new retailing concepts and technologies before they were implemented across their (...)more...

A Lesson in Integrity, Professionalism and Earned Respect

In one of the companies I work with, there is a man whom I look up to for three attributes that I have always aspired to achieve in my professional life, they are : integrity, professionalism and (...)


What to believe and what not to believe

Considerable progress has been made in technology. Look at mobile telephones and the Internet. Today, many people enjoy a standard of living much higher than that of their parents. So what is really happening ? Are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, as one recent analysis suggested ? Will the middle class disappear, as many social scientists predict, and if so what will replace it ? How will posterity look upon our society ? What kind of world will we leave for our children ? How many times have we seen the label “approved by scientists”, “approved by the medical association” on a product ? What could be more certain than resorting to the integrity of a professional organization ? Marketing at its best ? But, despite all this, has the world really become a better place (...)more...

What is wrong with wishing people a Happy New Year ?

Every year at Christmas/New Year time, we send off a greetings card to all our friends and relations and in the envelope we include a “family newsletter” ‒‒ a recto/verso page describing what (...)

Thoughts...on a gloomy day

“There is something I don’t understand,” a friend observed. “Ever since I was on the ground covering the Libyan crisis, we reported that you could buy a Kalashnikov for US$50, while for US$400 you (...)

I hardly ever watch the news on TV anymore

“I hardly ever watch the news on TV anymore,” my colleague said the other day. “All you hear about is killings, wars, crimes … I’m tired of sad and depressing news.” It may be a general trend, because (...)

Business, ethics, deeds …

“With this financial crisis and its consequences, do you realize that people are going back to more traditional values ?” my colleague observed one day. “It’s not only in Europe. You can find this (...)

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Interview with Vahe Gabrach

It is difficult to put him in a box ‒‒ he is a businessman, philanthropist, art collector and, perhaps most of all, a Swiss with Armenian roots, making him one of the most well-known persons in the Armenian community of Geneva. He is an agreeable person with a good heart and spends most of his spare time working voluntarily for the development of the others, mainly in Armenia as well as for Armenian well-being in Switzerland and elsewhere. Numerous persons call on him for something ‒‒ students, rich and poor for scholarships, businessmen to find a worthy cause for their money, to ensure that the funds are well spent. In addition to his voluntary work, he is a successful businessman and an art collector. Mr Vahe has indeed a lot on his plate and never seems to have a dull moment. We had (...)more...


Over the past twenty-three years the Republic of Kazakhstan has carried out reforms virtually in all areas of public and social life. As a homeland to over 130 different nationalities and ethnic (...)

Election de pays membres à l’ECOSOC

L’organisation des droits de l’homme, UN Watch ne décolère pas. Elle somme le Secrétaire général de l’ONU Ban Ki-Moon, le Haut Commissaire aux droits de l’homme, Prince Zeid, l’Ambassadeur des États-Unis (...)

Uzbekistan will hold parliamentary elections in the context of strengthening the Parliament’s powers

At an event at the United Nations headquarters last week, Uzbekistan presented the parliamentary elections that will take place in the country later this year. A young and dynamic Central (...)

Foreign Policy Strategy of Turkmenistan

One of the most important decisions of the Board of Elders of Turkmenistan, held on 20 October 2014 in Turkmenabat, chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been the Decree "On (...)

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NEW ZEALAND : Emphasizing multilateralism Interview with Amanda Ellis, Ambassador of New Zealand to the United Nations and other specialized agencies

Ms Ellis is one of those dynamic, sporty, hardworking and friendly ambassadors who is determined to put her country on the international agenda. Madame Ambassador has a difficult task because most people do not know very much about her country, apart from the fact that it’s on the other side of the globe. New Zealand is a major agricultural exporting country, mainly known for its dairy, meat and wool production. But did you know that it also publishes the UN Handbook, a long tradition that they have carried on for over fifty years. With a lot of work on her plate, Madame Ambassador speaks very highly of her colleagues in the diplomatic community of Geneva, and the quality of the work being carried out in the UN and the different agencies. She had previously worked in the World Bank (...)more...

Abdoulaye Diop le tout nouveau ministre des Affaires étrangères malien, était à l’ONU. Il s’est exprimé devant le Conseil de sécurité.

Q : Quelle est la situation sur le terrain. Les forces de l’ONU et la force Serval font-elles leur travail ? Quel est votre sentiment ? R : La situation est complexe. Aujourd’hui, seule la moitié (...)


Entre (). Si la Crimée souffrait de compétences locales bidons, elle ne pourrait se dresser souveraine dans sa volonté de référendum l’opposant à l’UE, aux EE UU, aux Ukrainiens et même aux Canadiens. (...)

DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini Carrefour Autonome une vision de mégapole

Entre (). L’Oncle Sam s’assume, le dalaï lama dort à DC en dépit des invectives communistes sans nuance, qui dévoilent l’ambition pyromane de l’expansionnisme bouddhiste dit de sagesse. Conjoncture et (...)

DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini HAÏTI : la nouvelle lecture Intérimaire

Entre (). Pourquoi les Communautés helvétiques ont voté contre Shengen, le (9-02), malgré le CERN ? Un NON en majorité faible. Si c’était une manipulation raciste qui a généré ce vote tandis que des (...)

Geneva International

UN Library celebrates the founding of the United Nations Society of Writers 25 years ago

On 14 October 2014 a vibrant and well-attended Library Event was held in the great conference hall on the first floor of the library under the grand Rêve de Paix fresco by Erik Sorensen, a 1939 gift of Norway to the League of Nations on the eve of the Second World War. Daniel de Roulet, Swiss novelist and laureate of multiple literary awards, delivered a keynote address in French on the noble vocation of writers as bridges between cultures and nations, the peace-making function of literature and the role of libraries in promoting a culture of peace. De Roulet’s lecture was followed by a lively Q & A session in which many in the audience participated. The ideals of UNESCO’s Constitution and of the Charter of P.E.N. International were highlighted, as, indeed, UNSW entertains (...)more...

Recommendations from the NGO Forum on Beijing +20 to UNECE Member States “Every woman, every right, every minute. Everyone is responsible. The time is now”

Photos : ActionPress/P-M Virot Geneva, 5th November 2014 - The 700 participants to the NGO Forum review of the Beijing Platform for Action, convened by the NGO Committee on the Status of (...)

Ireland : Collection of short stories, travel and other essays, by Ita Marguet, 2014

Ita Marguet has just published another book about Ireland, entitled Ireland : Collection of short stories, travel and other essays. It is a well-written book, easy to read and well documented. A (...)

Advocating for reform of the United Nations’ decolonization process

The Decolonization Alliance is an advocacy group recently organized to actively pursue reform of the United Nations’ decolonization process and to help eliminate the remnants of colonialism from (...)

UNAIDS report shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus

Photos : Action Press/P-M Virot In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are on treatment—ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will require smart scale-up to (...)


A new enterprise of iodine products has been put into operation in Turkmenistan

A new iodine products manufacturing enterprise of has been put into operation in Bereket town in Balkan province of Turkmenistan. The pharmaceutical business is designed for producing 250 million iodine sticks, 50 million iodine pencils and 500 000 stomatological tampons per year. Such products are very easy to use at in-patient medical institutions, emergency medicine as well as in home and outdoor conditions. The number of situations, when one-time medical sticks and pencils are necessary is great : sanitization and management of traumatological and surgical wounds, samplings, investigation of biomaterials, hygienic individual care. They provide the safety of procedures for patents and personnel in surgical and other departments and simplify them ; save the employees of (...)more...

Turkmenistan Conducts an International High-level Transport Forum

On 3-4 September 2014 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan hosted a two-day high-level international conference entitled “The Role of Transport and Transit Corridors in Ensuring International Cooperation, (...)

UN finds world’s population is increasingly urban with more than half living in urban areas today and another 2.5 billion expected by 2050

With nearly 38 million people, Tokyo tops UN’s ranking of most populous cities followed by Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, São Paulo and Mumbai New York, 10 July—Today, 54 per cent of the world’s (...)

ECONOMIC REFLECTIONS ON AFRICA Interview with Mariarosaria Iorio, political analyst

For the last couple of years Mariarosaria has been travelling all over Africa delivering training courses. We were curious to learn more about what is happening at the grassroots level. Our local (...)

Global foreign direct investment is up

24 June 2014 – Global foreign direct investment is up and expected to rise over the next three years, driven mainly by stronger economies in developed countries, according to a new United Nations (...)



GENEVA – Amid several hunger emergencies – both natural and man-made – the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is marking World Food Day, 16 October, by highlighting both the challenges around the world and the real progress being made toward “zero hunger.” “Every year, we witness hunger’s devastating effect on families, communities and whole economies,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “But despite horrific crises engulfing entire regions, we are making real progress in the fight to sustainably and durably end hunger and chronic malnutrition. Thanks to the work we do with our partners on emergency preparedness, support to family farmers, nutritional assistance – particularly in a child’s first 1,000 days – and building the resilience of communities to withstand shocks, (...)more...

UNHCR announces push to end statelessness worldwide by end-2024

UNHCR is today launching a global “I Belong” campaign aimed at ending within 10 years the problem of statelessness – a devastating legal limbo for the millions of people worldwide who lack any (...)


Photos : Action Press/J-M. Virot (Geneva, 16 September 2014) : The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today inGeneva launched a central contribution of the response to the (...)

Refugees find a new home in Turkmenistan

These days, 786 people have received passports of the citizen of Turkmenistan most of whom were refugees residing in the country. Granting citizenship aims to improve the social situation of (...)

Global forced displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-World War II era

Geneva 20th June 2014 A report released today by UNHCR shows that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War (...)


Learn a language in 80 hours in Geneva or in New York

“Learning a language in 80 hours” is an innovative, efficient and stimulating teaching method which enables students to master a foreign language in 80 hours over a matter of months ‒‒ or even weeks in the event of urgent requirements. Initially designed for humanitarian purposes, the Method Varadi is now used by diplomats, international organizations, companies and individuals to learn a language in a short period of time. The Varadi School offers personalized language courses in thirty-three languages for individuals and companies, in a warm and stimulating atmosphere. After thirty-one years of existence in Switzerland, the Varadi Institute will also open its doors in New York in February 2014. Students of the Swiss institute will be able to follow a part of their programme in the (...)more...

A hundred Muslim and Jewish young leaders daring to believe something is possible that everyone says is impossible

Each year, the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) gathers together 100 young Jewish and Muslim leaders from more than forty countries, allowing them to talk to each other for a whole week instead of (...)

Le Centre International de Formation ``Golda Meir`` (MCTC) au chevet des pays du sud dans le domaine du développement communautaire et de la gestion de micro-entreprises. Par Roch Alfred KIKI (AFRIQUE)

Le MASHAV entendu l’Agence Israélienne pour la Coopération Internationale au Développement (MASHAV), une institution israélienne qui œuvre pour la coopération entre les peuples du monde à travers (...)

Pestalozzi, père de la pégagogie moderne

« J’ai vu mieux que le paradis de la Suisse, j’ai vu Pestalozzi » (Karl Ritter, célèbre géographe allemand). La pédagogie, une passion suisse ? On peut l’affirmer si l’on pense à Pestalozzi, Rousseau, (...)

Adult Training Context : The trainer-trainees relationship and trainees’ attention throughout the training

1. Introduction This article intends to share reflections on challenges related to adult training context. The objective of this article is to provide a perspective on training context (...)


Entrevista con Luis Ayhllón, escritor y dramaturgo mexicano

Luis Ayhllón (fotógrafa Liliana Padilla) El dramaturgo y guionista mexicano Luis Ayhllón (1976), residente en Ginebra, es uno de los autores más representativos y premiados de su generación. Alrededor de 15 obras suyas han sido representadas tanto en México como en otros países latinoamericanos y en Estados Unidos. Entre sus obras están : Partida, Revolución III, La extinción de los dinosaurios y Cash. Las editoriales Kazalma y Albatros de Ginebra acaban de publicar en una traducción francesa de David Ferré, Les chameaux et autres pièces, una ocasión para conocer mejor a este joven escritor. Jean-Michel Wissmer : Luis Ayhllón, su teatro es un teatro desestructurado, laberíntico, experimental. ¿Podría usted situarlo dentro del teatro contemporáneo, y hablarnos de sus modelos ? Luis Ayhllón : No soy (...)more...

Culture Sector in Public Policy of Turkmenistan

At an extended government meeting of 7 July, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined current issues facing the field of national culture at the present stage, having stressed the need to (...)

Geneva Book Fair 2014 edition

Photos Action Press/PM Virot Among the famous people at the Geneva Book Fair were Mr Matsumoto, the « pope » of the Japanese Mange, Luc Ferry, a former French Minister or Mr Philippe (...)

Magtymguly Pyragy – the pride of the Turkmen nation Commemorating the 290th birthday anniversary of the great poet

“The poetical world of Pyragy – is, in fact, the Turkmen philosophy generated in the course of millennia, the melody of Turkmen soul, and the invincible spirit of the Turkmen”. President of (...)

Le Centre International de Formation ``Golda Meir`` (MCTC) : Musée des peuples et des civilisations mondiales. Par Roch Alfred KIKI (AFRIQUE)

Le MCTC est une institution israélienne qui œuvre pour la coopération entre les peuples du monde à travers plusieurs activités qu’elle initie et coordonne et qui sont pour la plus part soutenue par (...)

Health and well-being

WHO warns that progress towards eliminating measles has stalled : 2015 targets will not be met

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that progress towards the elimination of measles has stalled. The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data published in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Report and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The estimated number of measles deaths in 2013 represents a 75% decline in mortality since 2000, significantly below the target of a 95% reduction in deaths between 2000 and 2015. “Poor progress in increasing measles vaccination coverage has resulted in large outbreaks of this highly contagious disease, throwing the 2015 elimination targets off-track,” said Dr Peter Strebel from the WHO Department of (...)more...

WHO highlights devastating global impact of drowning Every hour, every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning 372,000 people drown each year, with those under 5 years at greatest risk

GENEVA –The World Health Organization’s first Global report on drowning : preventing a leading killer reveals that drowning claims the lives of 372,000 people each year and is among the ten leading (...)

Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 23 October – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio. The worldwide campaign has immunised millions of (...)

Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

22 October 2014, Geneva - Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a (...)


GENEVA : On World Heart Day, held 29 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction (...)

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Nasser…. ce jour du 28 septembre

Anouar El’Sadate grimpait nerveusement l’escalier de l’appartement de la famille Nasser, en ce début d’après-midi agité du 28 septembre 1970. Il rata la dernière image du raïs vivant. Il eut juste le temps de lui fermer les yeux. Gamal Abdel Nasser est mort dans son lit après une vie animée de victoires, d’espoir et de déception. L’Egypte ne sera jamais remise de cette perte. Il est rare qu’un homme politique divise autant l’opinion publique de son pays depuis près de sept décennies. L’Egypte qui l’a vu naître en 1918 sera toute autre à sa mort, ce jour du 28 septembre ancré dans l’histoire de celle-ci telle une huitième plaie. Le raïs rendit son dernier souffle, emporté par une complication cardiaque, en état d’épuisement total. Menant une guerre d’usure contre Israël après la défaite de 1967, cette guerre a (...)more...

Revivre la Patrie *

La Patrie n’est pas un lieu géographique inéluctable défini par les lois de la nature ou par les impératifs de la vie. Elle est la demeure de l’amour premier, la demeure de l’enfance, celle du (...)

Retrouver Camus

Albert … Le jour où tu as perdu la vie, j’avais à peine 7 ans. Je ne te connaissais pas encore ni même lu aucune de tes (...)

Le double miroir de Mahfouz

Aucun romancier égyptien n’ose encore se départir de l’héritage de Mahfouz ni revendiquer publiquement sa succession. Et pour cause. Ses disciples1 le prennent pour ce qu’il fût : le maître. Cette (...)

L’Amour se renouvelle ...

L’Amour se renouvelle ... Mauresque Il n’existe de jour qui passe sans sentir ton souffle remonter à mes lèvres Ton absence t’impose telle une source d’eau, masquée d’ombres, dans un jardin andalou (...)

Poetry and literature

Literature in the service of peace - 25 years of the United Nations Society of Writers (UNSW), Tuesday 14 Oct., 1 p.m. Library Events Room, United Nations, Geneva



On Saturday 10 March beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until well past noon, the United Nations Society of Writers/Société des Ecrivains des Nations Unies and its literary journal Ex Tempore (...)

Zidane Meriboute, Islam’s Fateful Path

We are happy to inform you on the publication by the Londonian Publisher I.B Tauris of the translation and Update into English of the book : "La Fracture islamique:demain le soufisme ?" , (...)

At Sixty

Sixty is no eschatological age, but a breathing pause after a good run. Sixty is no end and no beginning, but a hyperbolic notwithstanding, a parable of sowing and reaping, a metaphor of (...)


Skiing is a mode of living : Life is now, an affirmation, time in motion and elation. Carpe diem ! Life is skiing. Skiing is a state of being : happy trance in blinding light or blanket (...)

Travel reportage

Le Paxmal : un temple de paix dans les montagnes suisses

Ce temple, c’est l’histoire d’une vie et d’une œuvre, celles de Karl Bickel (1886-1982). Ce Zurichois fut à la fois peintre, sculpteur, graphiste et dessinateur renommé de timbres-poste. Il fut aussi un travailleur acharné et un rêveur idéaliste. S’il est encore mal connu du grand public, c’est que l’on ignore souvent le nom des créateurs d’affiches publicitaires (les siennes, dans le style Art déco, sont pourtant admirables), de catalogues de mode ou de timbres. Quant à son œuvre majeure, le Paxmal, le moins que l’on puisse dire, elle qu’elle se mérite. Cachée dans le renfoncement d’une falaise à Schrina-Hochrugg aux pieds du massif des Churfirsten à 1300 mètres d’altitude, on l’atteint à partir de Walenstadt dans le canton de Saint-Gall, bourgade connue pour la beauté de son lac vert émeraude et ses (...)more...

A taste of the ancient Silk Road The Aslar Sadosi Festival in Khiva, Uzbekistan

The Asrlar Sadosi (Echo of the Centuries) Festival is an annual event dedicated to the preservation of traditional culture in Uzbekistan. It all started in 2008, when the Fund Forum, a public NGO (...)

Eco-tourism in Jordan

In a beautiful modern building on a hill overlooking one of the landmarks of Amman stand the offices of Wild Jordan. The building is functional, modern and fits into the landscape, and it gives (...)

Le Palais idéal du Facteur Cheval

Tout ce que tu vois, passant, Est l’oeuvre d’un paysan. Ferdinand Cheval A environ deux heures de Genève existe un lieu (...)

Revoir Venise

Tout le monde connaît Venise, ses gondoles, sa lagune, ses pigeons ; tout le monde (ou presque) y a été ou rêve d’y aller, en touriste, en amoureux, en esthète, en connaisseur. On y vient armé de (...)

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Qu’a t-elle donc apporté !!!!!

Tous les pays communément du tiers monde ont été à un moment de leur histoire colonisés par un pays tiers. Cette colonisation s’est faite pour soit disant "civilisés" ces "peuplades primitives". Cet apport d’une civilisation nouvelle n’a pratiquement rien apporté au pays dominé, mais a sûrement enrichi celui qui au nom de la civilisation à coloniser. Dés lors la question que l’on devrait se poser c’est pourquoi se sont ils lancés à la conquête de ces pays ? Pourquoi a t-on voulu "civilisé" ces populations ? Les a t-on civilisées ? A t-on réellement apporté quelque chose à tous ces pays ? A toutes ces questions que l’on pourrait se poser la seule réponse possible est que ces pays qui ont subi cette colonisation aujourd’hui font tous partie du tiers monde. Est ce donc une simple coïncidence ? Non, c’est (...)more...

A ces hommes politiques qui nous dirigent

Au risque de dépeindre un tableau noir, au risque de faire rire certains, au risque que cela tourne au ridicule, au risque que l’histoire ne se répète à ces hommes politiques qui nous dirigent. Dans (...)

Aujourd’hui le monde arabe

On pourrait humilier des peuples pendant des décennies, on pourrait par le biais de la force, par le biais d’un pouvoir autoritaire asservir tout un peuple. Si a cela on ajoute l’appui (...)

A ce Liban, a ce rêve

Il est de ceux qui se battent pour un idéal et qui sacrifient leurs vies. Il est de ceux, pour qui leur terre est sacrée Il est de ceux pour qui, le pays est synonyme de symbole, d’entité, de (...)

Interview with Mr. Hagop Avakian

You have surely heard the name Avakian somewhere. The Avakians have been in the carpet business for more than four generations, and they have specialized in Oriental hand knotted carpets. We (...)

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Irish and Czech Connections : Charles University in Prague

Europe in the sixteenth century was a continent in turmoil. Religious wars divided communities ; the exploitation of the New World turned the economy on its head ; jealous states fought over scarce resources. Despite its geographically peripheral position, Ireland was at the heart of this upheaval. Under Elizabeth I (r.1558-1603) aggressive state centralisation, enforced religious conformity and stiffening economic competition caused bitter discontent in Ireland and forced many thousands of men and women to seek exile on the continent. They consisted largely of kin and family groupings (...)

John Bremner (1798-1847) : A Priest in Troubled Times

Dylan (Marlais) Thomas : Year of Celebration

Guildhall Library : The Library of London

Virginia Woolf : Art, Life and Vision