BUSINESSMAN’S BLUES

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 earned respect. I am sure you are wondering : who is this man and what does he do for that company ? His name is not relevant to the story, but his job is. His official role is “Messenger”, but the role entails, in addition to collecting “things” from one office and delivering them to other offices throughout the building, the primary task of making tea and coffee, etc., to staff and guests on the two executive floors. So, how can a man who basically performs a relatively simple task with limited responsibility demonstrate so much integrity, professionalism ‒‒ and earn respect at the same time ? (...)more...



Editorial

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 (...)




Diva International

Former “prisoner of conscience” elected as new IPU president



Geneva, 16 October 2014 Bangladesh MP and former Amnesty International “prisoner of conscience” Saber Chowdhury was today elected as the new President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). He defeated three other candidates – Speaker of Australia’s House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop, Indonesian MP Nurhayati Ali Assegaf and former Speaker of the Maldives Parliament Abdulla Shahid - in an election on the concluding day of the 131st IPU Assembly. He becomes the 28th president of the Organization in its 125-year history. President Chowdhury is the third IPU president from South Asia after Najma Heptulla (1999-2002) and Gurdial Singh Dhillon (1973-1976). He takes over from former Moroccan Speaker of Parliament Abdelwahad Radi, who ends his three-year mandate today. A former (...)more...

Liudmyla Denisova : "Today we feel the International community’s widespread support of our Government’s policy more than ever"

Question : Good afternoon. Madam Minister. Thank you for the opportunity to talk to you. In general, Europeans are aware of the developments in the Crimean Peninsula and tragic military (...)


Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, the U.N.’s newly appointed incoming High Commissioner for Human Right during the 27th regular session of the Human Rights Council (8 to 26 September 2014) in Geneva, Switzerland

Photos : PM Virot/ActionPress Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, the U.N.’s newly appointed incoming High Commissioner for Human Right during the 27th regular session of the Human (...)


Necrology the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche

Sometimes you wish that you had never gotten the news... In life there are those you may meet once, whom you never forget and hope to meet again. One of these persons was Shamarpa, the 14th (...)


Concern about recreation of people – important aspect of social policy

Increase of level and quality of life of Turkmen residents, including through creation of conditions for full-fledged and comfortable recreation, is major trend of the state policy of (...)




Diva`s Diplomatic Pouch

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 (...)


DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini QUEBEC : LE CORONER BROCHU ASPHIXIE LA PENSEE D’INDEPENDANCE

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

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 true pleasure to read if you want to know more about Ireland, it’s history and culture. Following the publication of her first book “Travels Through Ireland”, Ita’s second book presents a miscellany of texts written between 2010 and 2014. They continue to take us on her explorations of Ireland and its connections to the wider world. She documents people, places and history which contribute to the extensive legacy of this great island. The book (pp.124) includes an Appendix of Titles (Vol. I to XI) that covers both books. It is available on-line at site www.lulu.com. Ita is a regular contributor (...)more...

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 (...)


Transcript of Press Conference by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 17 June 2014

Photos : Action Press/Virot Mesdames et messieurs, Bonjour. Good morning. Je suis ravi d’être de retour à Genève. Et c’est un plaisir de vous revoir tous ici. Je suis arrivé hier soir de (...)


The last Opening Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to the Human Rights Council, delivered 10 June 2014 in Geneva.

The statement contains her reflections on six years as High Commissioner, as well as on a number of current human rights challenges in specific countries and on specific issues. The issues and (...)




Economy

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 (...)




Humanitarians

UN AND PARTNERS PRESENT CENTRAL CONTRIBUTION OF THE RESPONSE TO EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA



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 outbreak of ebola in West Africa. “The ebola crisis is unprecedented. It requires an exceptional, international response to address both the health crisis and the broader societal, economic and political threats to the countries affected,” said Dr. David Nabarro, UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola. “A growing number of international partners are coming together in the Global Ebola Response Coalition (GERC). They will help implement critical actions and support a safe and disciplined response at national and international levels,” Dr. Nabarro said, calling on donors to give the response highest (...)more...

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 (...)


A record 33.3 million now displaced by war worldwide, as one family flees inside Syria every 60 seconds - Report

33.3 million people were internally displaced at the end of 2013 due to conflict and violence says a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). This equates to a staggering (...)


THE FIRST-HAND TRUTH ABOUT HUMANITARIAN AID Interview with Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council

Jan Egeland was the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator from June 2003 to December 2006 and, due to his outspokenness and general (...)




Education

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 (...)




Culture

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

WORLD HEART DAY 2014 : SALT REDUCTION SAVES LIVES



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 recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives. Noncommunicable diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading causes of premature death in the 21st century. The World Health Organization is supporting governments to implement the Global action plan to reduce noncommunicable diseases that comprises nine global targets, including one to reduce global salt intake by a relative 30% by 2025. “If the target to reduce salt by 30% globally by 2025 is achieved, millions of lives can be saved from heart disease, stroke and related (...)more...

WHO : Air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission

GENEVA ¦14 August 2014– The World Health Organization (WHO) today reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low. “Unlike infections such (...)


WHO/UNICEF highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 May 2014 – Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. (...)


WHO/UNICEF highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation

GENEVA/NEW YORK | 8 May2014 – Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation*, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved (...)


World Health Statistics 2014 WHO : Large gains in life expectancy

15 May 2014 / GENEVA – People everywhere are living longer, according to the World Health Statistics 2014 published today by the World Health Organization (WHO). Based on global averages, a girl (...)




des Arts et des Hommes ...

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



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UNITED NATIONS SOCIETY OF WRITERS SPONSORS A POETRY READING ON THE LAKE

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

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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Dylan (Marlais) Thomas : Year of Celebration

In 2012 the Welsh government announced a Year of Celebration across Wales, the United Kingdom and around the world for the centenary in 2014 of the birth of poet and writer Dylan Thomas. Born on 27 October 1914 in the industrial seaport city of Swansea in Carmarthenshire he has been hailed as one of the most important poets of the century whose lyrics rank among the most powerful and captivating of modern poetry. He wrote poetry while still at school and later worked as a journalist before moving to London. In 1934 his first volume was published ; Collected Poems was published in 1952 (...)

Guildhall Library : The Library of London

Virginia Woolf : Art, Life and Vision

The First Georgians : Art and Monarchy (1714-1760)

XX Commonwealth Games : Glasgow 2014