Der Bund – UNO ist besorgt über Rassismus in der Schweiz

Fremdenfeindlichkeit, Arbeitsmigranten, Gewalt gegen Frauen: Die UNO hat die Menschenrechtslage in der Schweiz unter die Lupe genommen.

Die Schweiz soll die Situation der Menschenrechte verbessern, insbesondere, was den Kampf gegen Rassismus, Gewalt gegen Frauen und Arbeitsmigranten betrifft.

Auch multinationale Konzerne sollen ihre Verantwortung wahrnehmen, hiess es am Donnerstag in Genf von Seiten der UNO-Mitgliedssaaten. Das dritte Mal wurden die Menschenrechte in der Schweiz unter die Lupe genommen. Es handelt sich um eine Universelle Periodische Überprüfung (UPR) der Situation, welche in der Schweiz erstmals 2012 stattfand.

Mehrere Länder begrüssten das Projekt, welches vorsieht, eine nationale Institution der Menschenrechte zu etablieren. Dies war schon vor fünf Jahren ein Thema. Einige UNO-Mitgliederstaaten forderten, dass die Schweizer Volksinitiativen auch mit den internationalen Verpflichtungen übereinstimmen sollen.

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devex – Universal health coverage : Is it possible?

Universal health coverage: It’s a topic we’ve been exploring for the past few weeks in all its complexity, but are efforts on track to help get us there?

Who’s saying what? Helping us to discover what the term means, how UHC targets can be achieved in practice, and what’s left to do on the road to UHC, a number of thought leaders have been having their say.

The International Vaccine Access Center’s Lois Privor-Dumm highlighted the role of preventive care and vaccinations, the Novartis Foundation’s Ann Aerts emphasized the need for partnerships, and the World Health Organization’s Dr. Tedros laid down a marker by saying that when it comes to UHC there really are no more excuses.

So is UHC possible to achieve? We’ve asked the question to a wide range of stakeholders, traveling to Papua, Indonesia to explore the issues of innovation and access in tackling maternal mortality.

Find out more on our Healthy Horizons site.

What are you saying? Do you think achieving UHC is possible? Let us know by using #HealthyHorizons and tagging @Devex on Twitter and Facebook.

Sincerely, devex

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Le Temps – Peter Maurer: «Je ne suis pas là pour réciter naïvement les Conventions de Genève»

Le président du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge s’inquiète du durcissement du discours politique sur fond de terrorisme. Il appelle aussi la Suisse à devenir un Etat dépositaire des données numériques pour l’action humanitaire.

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SRF Rundschau – Theke: Walter Fust

Milliarden verschob Angolas Herrscherfamilie in einen Fonds – angeblich, um die Armut der Bevölkerung zu bekämpfen. Vorerst aber profitieren nicht die Ärmsten, sondern die Reichen: etwa der wegen ungetreuer Geschäftsbesorgung verurteilte Schweiz-Angolaner Jean-Claude Bastos. Er kassiert Millionen fürs Fonds-Management. Experten kritisieren Bastos Investments und vermuten Klientelwirtschaft. Dennoch sind prominente Schweizer mit Bastos verbandelt: SBB-Präsidentin Monika Ribar etwa, oder der ehemalige oberste Schweizer Entwicklungshelfer, Ex-Deza-Chef Walter Fust. Walter Fust stellt sich an der Rundschau-Theke den Fragen von Sandro Brotz zu seinem geschäftlichen Engagement bei Jean-Claude Bastos.

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Der Bund: UNO ist besorgt über Rassismus in der Schweiz

Fremdenfeindlichkeit, Arbeitsmigranten, Gewalt gegen Frauen: Die UNO hat die Menschenrechtslage in der Schweiz unter die Lupe genommen. Die Schweiz soll die Situation der Menschenrechte verbessern, insbesondere, was den Kampf gegen Rassismus, Gewalt gegen Frauen und Arbeitsmigranten betrifft.

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IPG – Die UN lebt. Trotz Trump

…Und sie erneuert sich gerade. Ein Gespräch mit Richard Gowan.

Es wird wohl kaum jemand bestreiten, dass wir interessante Zeiten erleben. Die nationalistischen Kräfte gewinnen an Einfluss, das Gespenst einer militärischen Konfrontation, nicht zuletzt mit Nordkorea, geht um. Die Frage lautet daher: Werden die Vereinten Nationen uns retten?

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SIETAR – 2018 Congress

Over the years, the intercultural field has revisited the notion of culture and the impact of different norms on human exchanges, focussing on the issues impacting intercultural interactions.

In parallel, the drive towards uniformity for the benefits of globalisation has clearly shown its limitations and the positioning of man at the centre of the ecosystem we occupy, demonstrated its incoherence with sustainability.

In a world undergoing profound mutations, a key element for social transformation is the co-existence of diverse cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and values. Discriminatory attitudes and policies against those perceived as different have crept into organizations and society at large, in an attempt to neutralize, reduce or even eliminate diversity, wrongly perceived as a cost and disturbance.

Our purpose for this congress is to go beyond differences and focus on new perspectives, practices and positive actions that can support the co-creation of a common culture that will nurture itself from increased diversity – both in our daily lives and in the workplace – and lead to a better world.

Our role as intercultural trainers, coaches and mediators is essential to support this process. Our practice needs to respond to the challenge.

In the coming weeks, further information will be communicated about the conference, speakers and presenters, pre-conference certifications and logistical support for participants intending to travel

We have a great venue in Lugano thanks to the support of our academic advisor, the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The Board welcomes your attendance, asks you to save the date in your agenda and to spread the word for our first congress which, we trust, will provide for inspiring exchanges and enhanced learning opportunities. Membership rates for registration will be extended to all SIETAR National Association members.

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Devex – Global health security : where’s the money?

Hi Devex member,

Is enough investment being made, are our health systems strong enough, and ultimately are we prepared to deal with the health threats to come? These are just some of the questions that governments and the global development and humanitarian aid communities are being pushed to reflect upon, and an area Devex, in partnership with PATH and Johnson & Johnson, is opening up to our community.

From Healthy to Secure is a conversation exploring the connections between health and security, and looking at the critical need for investment in health systems. In this era of increased interconnectivity, diseases have the potential to impact community health outcomes and compromise global health security across borders. Building resilient health infrastructures that make the world safe and secure is key.

Who’s saying what? We take a look at the strategies and challenges in ensuring global health security, Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. department of homeland security, explains how mitigating a health emergency is a part of security measures, and PATH’s Carolyn Reynolds drives home the need for increased investment.

What’s left to come? We’ve got guest columns from security and health experts, in-depth video interviews, and an in-depth look inside a recent special report — so stay tuned.

Got something to say? Let us know what you think about the intersection of health and security by heading over to Twitter and Facebook, using #Health4Security and tagging @Devex.