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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SDC/NADEL – Winners of the impact award 2017

In order to inspire NGOs to learn from impact evaluations and integrate them into their work, SDC and NADEL have, for the second time, asked Swiss NGOs working in international development to submit proposals for an impact evaluations on their work. We have received proposals from 30 Swiss NGOs partnering with various European research institutions.



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.

TagesAnzeiger – Gesucht: Biegsame Jungdiplomaten

Kurz vor Cassis‘ Amtsantritt präsentiert EDA-Personalchef Jacques Pitteloud seine Reformpläne: Er setzt auf junge, flexible Mitarbeiter.

Angekündigt sind zahlreiche, teils fundamentale Neuerungen. Die «konsularische Karriere» heisst neu «Betriebsführung und Dienstleistungen». Diplomatische Beobachter schliessen aus dieser Begriffsänderung, dass sich im Ausland stationierte konsularische Mitarbeiter künftig weniger oder gar nicht mehr um die sogenannte «konsularische Interessenvertretung», also die Entwicklung der wirtschaftlichen, wissenschaftlichen und kulturellen Beziehungen, kümmern müssen.

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LinkedIn – The ICRC’s Own Digital ‚Unconference‘

Please note: This article was co-authored by Siane Monreal, Social Media Manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

While the concepts aren’t new, what do the idea of digital transformationdisruption, and innovation mean at a 150-plus-year-old humanitarian organization? While we have an in-depth organization-wide digital strategy, how does this change actually begin to manifest? Does it begin at the top, do we aim for a bottom-up approach, and what are the goals we actually seek to achieve, and to what end?

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