Are you a Chicken or a Pig ?

The workplace is a diverse coming together of people with differing backgrounds, skills, drive, ambition, and individual traits. Leaders and managers work hard at bringing together such an eclectic selection to form effective teams and build successful companies. However, no matter how diverse a group of people are in a specific team and irrespective of how large the team is, you can divide the entire population into two distinct types : “Chicken” and “Pigs”. No offence is intended in the use of animals here ; you can say sheep, goats or cows instead of pigs, the point remains the same. In any team sport, you see players with different responsibilities such as attack, defence, wingers, etc. A good team is well drilled and organised to act in a concerted manner to defend or attack. A (...)more...

The Best Teacher You Ever Had…. Failure

What do we do when we succeed at something ? We cheer, pump our fists, go out and celebrate, splash the cash. However small or huge the success is, we bask in the glory of the moment and set (...)

Seven “Managers” From Heaven by Mufid Sukkar

I recently wrote about “Nine Managers from Hell” so, it is only fair to set the record straight and speak of managers who showed me how to be a better manager. By the way, I am not talking about (...)

Nine Managers From Hell

A lot of professionals consider promotion to a management position as a final destination rather than a start of a journey. Incompetent management comes in a variety of forms. I am sure you can (...)

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 ! (...)


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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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended the Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who was on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, attended the Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Tehran. The heads of state and high-ranking representatives from the GECF Member Countries and the states with observer status and distinguished guests arrived in Tehran to participate in the Summit. Representatives of a number of international organisations participated in the forum. The Turkmen leader was invited to attend the Summit as guest of honour. Addressing the high-level forum, the Turkmen leader noted that the current situation on the world energy market, including in the gas sector, had determined a number of important and complex tasks to be fulfilled. In this context, the President of (...)more...

Jan Elisasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General urges ‘transformation’ in collective effort to tackle ‘staggering’ humanitarian needs

15 October 2015 – Warning of the huge, almost uncontrollable human disasters facing the world – with a staggering 100 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – United Nations Deputy (...)

The Statement to the mass media

On October 15, 2015, the Kazakhstan side stated about certain incidents, which had allegedly happened on the border of Turkmenistan, referring to the security situation in Central Asia during a (...)

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a meeting with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters. The Secretary-General of the United (...)

President of Turkmenistan outlined the country’s economic prospects for the year 2016 at the meeting of the Council of Elders

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined the economic prospects of the country at a meeting of the Council of Elders. Over the years, Turkmenistan is rapidly growing its (...)

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Entre (), Hillary Rodham Clinton aura beau vouloir ou prétendre un plan personnel au féminin pour l’Amérique, qu’elle ne pourra jamais se distinguer ainsi. Se débarrasser du patronyme de Clinton, sera un pari aussi risqué que de tenter d’écarter Bill. C’est d’ailleurs contre ce dernier que le clan Bush lance des invectives pour miner les Démocrates car, Bill à lui seul aura réussi ce que ses alter ego n’ont su. Fermons les (). Laurent Salvador Lamothe peut-il naviguer encore plus loin en Haïti ? Sinon vers où : ambitions, prévisions, déceptions. La houlette ne rassure ni le bâton. Il eut son temps de gloire, éphémère. Elle justifiait tout, même cette ambition trop haut perchée. Je l’ai pourtant soulevée dans ‘’Le MAE un Bateau sans Capitaine’’ comme dans ‘’Le Procès Salvador’’. Celui-ci était une critique (...)more...

TURKMENISTAN : Neutrality and transport in Eurasia Interview with His Excellency Ambassador Atageldi Haljanov

Q : Could you tell us something about your country ? Turkmenistan – the neutral, democratic, legal, secular and dynamically developing state in the Central Asian region –– is a land with a unique (...)

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 (...)

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. (...)

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Les Indiens d’Amérique au Château de Penthes

Indiens infortunés que j’ai vus errer dans les déserts du Nouveau-Monde avec les cendres de vos aïeux… Chateaubriand Les Indiens d’Amérique du Nord continuent de fasciner. Héros de nos jeux d’enfance, des westerns hollywoodiens, personnage de bandes dessinées, l’Indien est une figure mythique sur laquelle nous avons, nous autres « Visages Pâles », projeté nos rêves de mondes sauvages, d’espaces infinis, de communion avec la nature. Des rêves de liberté, de justice aussi, car le sort des Indiens n’a jamais cessé de nous émouvoir. C’est de tout cela qu’il est question au Château de Penthes qui expose Yakari, Les Suisses à la rencontre des Amérindiens. On sent bien que cette fascination est aussi celle de Camille Verdier, commissaire de l’exposition, qui a découvert un jour que les auteurs de la fameuse bande (...)more...

Cervin absolu

Where there is a Will, there is a Way (Charles Hudson) ©collection B.Aymon Benoît Aymon est bien connu des téléspectateurs suisses puisqu’il produit et anime depuis plus de 22 ans l’émission culte (...)


The Palais des Nations, home of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), will open its doors to the public on Saturday, 24 October 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. (...)

Inauguration du mémorial en hommage à Nelson Mandela

Les autorités genevoises ont inauguré aujourd’hui un monument en hommage à Nelson Mandela et à son action en faveur de la paix. Baptisée « Hating only harms the hater », l’œuvre a été créée par Léonard (...)


Photos Action Press/P-M. Virot GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 September 2015 — With no end in sight, the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic continues to intensify, subjecting civilians of all (...)


Ukraine to join WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement

The WTO’s Committee on Government Procurement agreed to invite Ukraine to join the GPA based on the terms set out in a draft decision circulated to Parties on 9 October. Ukraine will formally accede to the GPA 30 days after it has deposited its instrument of accession with the WTO. Maxim Nefyodov, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of the Economy and Trade, told the committee that participation in the GPA would help Ukraine strengthen good governance in the area of public procurement, assist in its fight against corruption, and increase the transparency of government procurement practices. WTO Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun welcomed the decision, noting that it will give Ukrainian suppliers access to a global procurement market estimated at $1.7 trillion annually. “With today’s decision, (...)more...

New UN report shows global youth unemployment rate still above financial crisis levels

8 October 2015 – Global youth unemployment rates have stabilized somewhat but remain well above pre-financial crisis levels, according to a new report released by the International Labour (...)

Interview with Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretart General of UNCTAD

Mukhisa Kituyi has had a long and impressive career. Not only has he been an academic and a minister of trade for Kenya, he also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, as well as in (...)

UN-backed action plan to improve study of weather and climate in Polar regions takes shape

16 July 2015 – An international action plan to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in Polar regions has been agreed in an effort to minimize the risks and maximize the (...)

International Day of Cooperatives

4 July 2015 – Cooperatives will play an “invaluable role” in the international community’s roll-out of a sustainable development goals, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who today (...)


Turkmenistan sent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Today, on 28 October 2015, in accordance with the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan, humanitarian convoy with construction materials and food has been sent in order to provide priority assistance to the brotherly people of Afghanistan affected by the strong earthquake. Immediately responded to the news of the disaster, Turkmenistan was the first to support the brotherly Afghan people. The convoy carrying humanitarian aid to be distributed among the affected regions the provinces of Badakhshan, Takhar, Nangarhar, Kunar and Kabul.more...


(Geneva 16 October 2015) – More than 1,000 participants from across the world today wrapped up three days of intense discussions about the future of humanitarian aid, consolidating and refining (...)

Health services shut down as funding shortfall cripples humanitarian operations in Iraq

4 August 2015 – A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving (...)


Geneva, Photos : ActionPress/PM Virot 17 June 2015 Mr. Vice-President, thank you for your opening remarks, and your leadership in facilitating the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of ECOSOC. I (...)

Nansen : Explorer and Humanitarian

Nansen : Explorer and Humanitarian, by Marit Fosse and John Fox Not only an explorer and scientist but also a diplomat and humanitarian, Fridtjof Nansen was an extraordinary man who left a (...)


"DYSLEXIQUE…VRAIMENT ? Et si l’on soignait l’école"

Tout un programme ce titre du livre de Colette Ouzilou qui apporte un vent de fraicheur dans la réflexion sur les causes réelles de l’épidémie de dyslexie qui envahie depuis quelques décennies les statistiques scolaires et les esprits de nombreux élèves et de leurs parents. Colette Ouzilou est une orthophoniste qui en 40 ans d’exercice a reçu des centaines d’enfants "mauvais lecteurs" dans son cabinet. Parmi ces enfants à peine une vingtaine était dyslexique. "En 1968, je rééduquais essentiellement des enfants souffrant de retard de langage, de bégaiement. Mais, au début des années 70, j’ai vu apparaître la première vague de lecteurs défaillants, et, depuis, leur nombre n’a fait qu’augmenter" témoigne-t-elle. L’auteur décrit les processus qui ont conduit l’institution scolaire à abandonner et (...)more...

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 (...)

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, (...)


Photo exhibition : Her image, Her Voice, Her Story, Australian Indigenous Women June 17-July 3, 2015 at the Pas Perdus, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Photos : Action Press/PM Virotmore...


The incredible story of Igor Savitsky and the Nukus Museum Have you ever heard of Igor Savitsky ? No ? What about Nukus ? A city of 250,000 inhabitants –– Nukus –– in the autonomous Republic of (...)

Exceptional concert at Victoria Hall in Geneva 17 April 2015

On the 17th of April 2015, classical music enthusiasts are invited to attend exceptional concert at Victoria Hall in Geneva. On the occasion of the commemoration of 100th anniversary of Armenian (...)

Genève au 16ème siècle : Jeanne de Jussie, religieuse persécutée, raconte…

Avant de devenir la Rome protestante, Genève a vécu au milieu du 16ème siècle une période de graves conflits religieux et politiques. Jeanne de Jussie, une sœur du couvent de Sainte-Claire au (...)

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. (...)

Health and well-being

IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention : Benefits of mammography screening outweigh adverse effects for women aged 50–69 years

Lyon, France, 3 June 2015 – A group of 29 independent international experts from 16 countries, convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has assessed the cancer-preventive and adverse effects of various methods of screening for breast cancer. A summary of the results, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides an important update of the landmark 2002 IARC Handbook on Breast Cancer Screening in light of recent improvements in treatment outcomes for late-stage breast cancer and new data on screening practices and their outcomes. The Working Group also considered emerging technologies, clinical breast examination, and breast self-examination. Breast cancer screening and mammography After reviewing all published peer-reviewed scientific (...)more...

Widespread misunderstanding about antibiotic resistance threatens public health – UN health agency

16 November 2015 – A recent multi-country survey revealed that people are confused about the rising threat of antibiotic resistance to public health and are unclear about how to prevent it from (...)

Measles vaccination saved 17 million lives since 2000, but elimination goals ‘off track’ – UN

13 November 2015 – The number of measles-related deaths has decreased by 79 per cent since the beginning of the century, but the United Nations health agency is warning that 2015 global milestones (...)

Two-thirds of world’s population is infected with herpes, says new UN health agency report

simplex virus type 1, which in most cases causes “cold sores” around the mouth, according to the first global estimates of the infection by the World Health Organization (WHO). The new estimates (...)

World Polio Day : Fewer children than ever with polio

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 October 2015 – Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus – but we cannot rest until the number of cases is (...)

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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

« Sans Patrie », le livre qui prépare et annonce Heidi

Tout le monde connaît « Heidi », pas forcément l’original, c’est-à-dire les tomes publiés en allemand par Johanna Spyri en 1880 et 1881, mais sans doute ses adaptations et traductions multiples et diverses (dont des suites qui ne sont pas de l’auteure), ses versions pour enfants (raccourcies et simplifiées), et surtout ses apparitions au cinéma (inoubliable Shirley Temple), dans des séries télévisées, et le nouveau visage presque définitif que lui a donné le Japonais Isao Takahata en 1974 dans son dessin animé en 52 épisodes qui a fait le tour du monde… Et j’en oublie certainement ! Tellement reproduite, allongée, raccourcie, transformée, adaptée, que l’on ne sait peut-être plus très bien de quoi l’on parle. Et puis, que sait-on de Johanna Spyri ? Trop peu de choses. Mais ce que l’on sait renverse tous les (...)more...

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 (...)

Travel reportage

Elephant poaching rates virtually unchanged in 2014

CITES MIKE programme says that elephant populations continue to decline owing to steady poaching trends Positive progress in East Africa, but situation deteriorating in Central and West Africa. First compliance measures adopted Geneva/Kasane, 23 March 2015 – According to the latest figures released by the CITES programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants, commonly known as MIKE, overall elephant poaching rates at monitored sites remained virtually unchanged in 2014 compared to the previous year. Poaching rates still exceed natural elephant population growth rates, meaning a continued decline in elephant numbers overall is likely. The latest CITES MIKE figures presented today at the African Elephant Summit in Kasane (Botswana), show no increase in the overall poaching (...)more...

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 (...)

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 (...)

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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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Malta and the Knights of St John : People and Places

The Maltese archipelago consists of three main islands – Gozo, Comino and Malta and several small islets. The islands are situated in the middle of the Mediterranean, between Europe and Africa. Control of Malta meant control of the Mediterranean with Malta 93 kms south of Sicily and 230 kms north of North Africa. Conquerors through the ages have left their mark on the islands : Phoenicians, Greeks (who named the island Melita, meaning honey), Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St John, French and finally British, who held the islands until (...)

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) : An Irish Connection

Pontifical Scots College, Rome : Scottish-Roman Mosaic

Irish Dominicans in Rome : Community of SS. Sisto e Clemente

Life and work of W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)