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Why do I do it ? Over and over again, I ask myself this question : Why do I do it ? I am talking about putting myself through hell for no logical reason by taking on more responsibilities and challenges when I am already maxed out on responsibilities and challenges. Let me explain. About two years ago, I had a casual conversation with someone who worked for The British Institute of Directors (I.o.D), a highly respected body that concerns itself with the world of business in the UK and internationally. As the name suggests, it is a form of a club for senior business people who for at least part of their time, they are involved in the boardrooms of companies small, medium and large. The Institute is headquartered in the prestigious Pall Mall in London with branches in every major (...)more...
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed the welcoming statement to participants of the VI session of International Association of Akhal-Teke horse breeding
The message of the head of the Turkmen state says : "I cordially congratulate you on the opening of the VI session of International Association of Akhal-Teke horse breeding ! The fame of our "heavenly" horses, which are the national pride of the Turkmen people, the etalon of beauty and grace, are famous worldwide for many centuries. It is now incomparably increase the prestige of Akhal-Teke horses due to the fact that the state pays close attention to the development of horse breeding and equestrian sports. Taking into consideration global and wide interest to our wonderful horses in Independent Neutral Turkmenistan it was established the International Association of Akhal-Teke horse breeding. Over the past short period of time, many of Akhal-Teke horse breeding associations from (...)more...
Military tactical exercises demonstrated increased combat capability of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan
On 27 March 2016, demonstrative military and tactical exercises, taking place in Turkmenistan in a mode of a sudden inspection of combat readiness of the National Army, continued with a march of (...)
Lessons on Academic Leadership and Leaders : What do textbooks and real stories say ?
This paper briefly introduces my reflections based on lessons learned during the 2015 fall semester as a part of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. I will explore leadership in higher (...)
Международный арбитражный суд вынес решение в пользу Правительства Туркменистана
Международный арбитражный суд при Международном центре по разрешению инвестиционных споров (МЦУИС) своим решением от 8 марта 2016 года оставил без удовлетворения исковые требования турецкой компании „Içkale Insaat Limited (...)
L’Assemblée générale achève son Sommet sur le développement durable.
L’Assemblée générale vient de clore sa réunion plénière de haut niveau qui vient de se tenir pendant trois jours. 193 États Membres ont adopté un programme de développement durable destiné, d’ici à 2030, (...)
Diva`s Diplomatic Pouch
THE PROBLEM OF FORCE MIGRATION, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE SITUATION IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The issue of forced migration has reached the limits of an unfortunate tragedy. Proof of this is the actions taken by the United Nations (such as UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the International Organization for Migration (OIM) to tackle this situation. While it is certain that these migrants and refugees should receive urgent assistance, especially women, children and the elderly, it is also true that the discomfort of a human being should be treated not only with "simple medicines" but also with an effective and lasting cure. The solution that these international entities offer, in general terms, is to aid those individuals who are forced to leave (...)more...
DIPLOMATIE INTERNATIONALE ET SOCIETE Par Dan Albertini L’AUTRE ÉPÉE DE DAMOCLES
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 (...)
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 (...)
UNECE paves the way for automated driving by updating UN international convention
A major regulatory milestone towards the deployment of automated vehicle technologies will be attained on 23 March 2016 with the entry into force of amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. As of that date, automated driving technologies transferring driving tasks to the vehicle will be explicitly allowed in traffic, provided that these technologies are in conformity with the United Nations vehicle regulations or can be overridden or switched off by the driver. Automated driving will be the next revolution in the field of mobility. As human errors are the main reason for road traffic accidents, driving automatically controlled by a computer is expected to make future road transport safer. It has also the potential to be more environmentally friendly, efficient and (...)more...
Visit of Former President of Nigeria H.E Goodluck Jonathan in Geneva, Switzerland
Photos : P-M.Virot/ActionPress
Interview with Tatjana Knoll Director of CamberwellB Consulting, Events management
Tatjana is one of those young dynamic businesswomen who you a chance to come across from time to time. She set up her own consulting company years ago working with the private sector and some (...)
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) provides key updates on humanitarian mine action including in Afghanistan, DRC, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Syria and more
Geneva – 04 December 2015. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) briefed the press on several key humanitarian mine action issues earlier on today at the Palais des Nations. (...)
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 (...)
Implementation of the ICSID decision
In Turkey has been started implementation process of the decision taken by Arbitral Tribunal of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) with regard to cases « Kiliç Inşaat Ithalat Ihracat Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi » and « Içkale Inşaat Limited Şirketi » as well as UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings « Erhas Diş Ticaret Ltd. Şti, et al » vs Turkmenistan." It should be noted that at the UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings along with « Erhas Diş Ticaret Ltd. şti, et al » were attended by 11 Turkish companies and 11 individuals. « Kiliç Inşaat Ithalat Ihracat Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi », « Içkale Inşaat Limited Şirketi » and « Erhas Diş Ticaret Ltd. şti, et al »are Turkish companies. Decisions adopted by international arbitrations indicate quite clearly, firstly, inadequate (...)more...
UN/CEFACT adopts strategy to maximise contribution of Electronic Business Tools to the Sustainable Development Goals
The role of trade as a powerful engine for development is well recognised, including within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Electronic business tools and trade (...)
TTIP trade deal poses serious threat to EU farming, says new report
The controversial trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for European farming, finds a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe. The report ‘Trading away EU (...)
Investor-State dispute settlement undermines rule of law and democracy, UN expert tells Council of Europe
STRASBOURG (19 April 2016) - Today before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, UN expert Alfred de Zayas explained why the investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms (...)
Panama papers : UN rights expert calls for the end of financial secrecy to halt flow of illicit funds
GENEVA (8 April 2016) – The United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, today called on the international community to urgently put an end to (...)
Filippo Grandi takes helm as new UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks of focus on solutions
Filippo Grandi, a UN official who has worked in refugee and political affairs in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, began his 5-year term as UN High Commissioner for Refugees on 1 January, succeeding António Guterres whose more than 10 years in office ended last week. High Commissioner Grandi, who arrived at UNHCR’s headquarters office in Geneva earlier today, takes up the position at a time of unprecedented displacement challenges. Record numbers of people globally are forced to flee war and persecution, including more than one million refugees and migrants who crossed the Mediterranean to Europe during the past year. Other challenges include critical shortfalls in humanitarian funding, fewer voluntary returns than at any time in more than three decades, people staying in exile for (...)more...
Government of Germany and UNICEF join forces for refugee and migrant children in Germany
BERLIN, Germany, 14 December 2015 – With more than 300,000 refugee and migrant children having entered Germany this year, UNICEF and the Government of Germany today announced a new partnership (...)
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 (...)
HUMANITARIANS LAY OUT MAJOR CHANGE AGENDA BEFORE WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT 2016
(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 (...)
Main features of Academic Leadership : reflections from Humphrey fellow
This paper briefly introduces my reflections based on lessons learned during the 2015 fall semester as a part of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. I will explore American academic leadership in higher education. In general, my reflection paper summarizes a knowledge gained from textbooks I read for my Penn State classes and the ideas I heard from different academic leaders whom I met in University Park. Thoughts on “academic leadership” and “academic leaders” (learned from textbooks) The textbooks I explored as a part of my classes significantly increased my knowledge on issues related to leadership at HEIs, and thus I am able now to share my personal opinions on the topic. My main understanding is that academic leadership is the first and foremost category needed for having a (...)more...
"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 (...)
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 (...)
Activities within the framework of the CIS Cultural capital 2016 Status launched in Dashoguz
31/03/2016 Turkmenistan a second time has the ability, as the cultural capital of the Commonwealth States, to attract the attention of the scientists and intellectuals of the CIS to its ancient history and rich national culture, to demonstrate the latest achievements in the way of progressive development. In 2012, when Turkmenistan chaired the CIS, Mary was granted this status, where a variety of activities to promote intercultural dialogue in the Commonwealth, to consolidate the fraternal peoples of the bonds of friendship was carryed out with great success. At that time in Ashgabat Council of the CIS Heads of State approved the Regulations on the Interstate program "Cultural capitals of the Commonwealth", which is the one of the key projects of the CIS in the cultural sphere. The (...)more...
Cultural goods remain economic driver in digital age – UNESCO report
10 March 2016 – A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report launched today finds that the trade in cultural goods doubled from 2004 to 2013 despite a global (...)
C’est avec un immense plaisir que l’association culturelle suisse-arménienne AVETIS vous annonce la création de son orchestre professionnel l’AVETIS FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA sous la baguette de son (...)
Auguste Veillon : Des barques du Léman aux felouques du Nil
Le titre de ce beau livre signé Marie-Hélène Miauton et Marie Rochel résume à la perfection la carrière et la palette du peintre suisse Auguste Veillon (1834-1890), car il y a entre les voiles latines (...)
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 Virot
Health and well-being
On World Malaria Day, a push to eliminate malaria
GENEVA — A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing a World Malaria Day report that shows this goal, though ambitious, is achievable. In 2015, all countries in the WHO European Region reported, for the first time, zero indigenous cases of malaria, down from 90 000 cases in 1995. Outside this region, 8 countries reported zero cases of the disease in 2014 : Argentina, Costa Rica, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, Paraguay, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates. Another 8 countries each tallied fewer than 100 indigenous malaria cases in 2014. And a further 12 countries reported between 100 and 1000 indigenous malaria cases in 2014. The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030, (...)more...
Miracle Seeds Feeding the World - Celebrating the 2016 International Year of Pulse
Miracle seeds, power food or “poor man’s meat” as they are sometimes called – pulses (beans, lentils, chickpeas and more) are the super food that we have certainly all eaten - but which many of us (...)
Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to four-fold return – UN report
13 April 2016 – Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year, and every one dollar invested in scaling up treatment leads to a return of four dollars in better (...)
On World Health Day, UN urges global efforts to halt rise in diabetes
7 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Health Day with a strong call for stepping up global efforts to halt the rise in diabetes and improve the lives of those (...)
Celebrate World Oral Health Day : 20 March 2016
On 20th March 2016, over a million dentists from 200 organisations based in 130 countries across the world will join together with FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) to celebrate World Oral Health (...)
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 (...)
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
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
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 (...)
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 (...)
Friends contributing to DIVA
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
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 (...)
Prior to the Easter Rising Dublin was deeply divided by class, religion and politics. Two years previously the Dublin Lock-out (26 August 1913 to early February 1914) had brought industrial conflict to the city’s streets after which it was wracked by tension because of its involvement in the Great War. Dublin’s large unionist minority were aghast at the Rising, while many members of the nationalist middle-class were also terrified of what had been unleashed. Some of the poorest citizens took advantage of the chaos in the early stages of the revolt to carry out widespread looting. Some (...)O’Neills in Portugal : Lasting Irish Connections