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Geneva between hope and disillusionment in the fight against COVID-19

Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19 
(17.4.-29.4.)

In the past two weeks, there were several encour- aging multilateral efforts to fight the pandemic. A global initiative, led by the World Health Organiza- tion (WHO) to accelerate the development, produc- tion and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnos- tics and therapeutics deserves particular attention. However, there were also various sobering exam- ples for the limited readiness to cooperate and respect agreed-upon global norms.

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The WHO Under Pressure (17th April)

Weekly review of events in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19 (April 3 to 16)

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold the world in its grip – the global number of cases doubled in two weeks while the number of deaths almost tripled, even though the growth numbers in some of the hardest-hit countries in Europe like Spain or Italy have slowed down. Meanwhile, the global discourse on the management of the pandemic has become more confrontational, with criticism being particularly directed towards the WHO.

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Stresstest für die Schweiz durch COVID-19

Die Eidgenossenschaft in der COVID-19-Krise

Nimmt man die Fallzahlen pro Kopf zum Maßstab, ist die Schweiz eines der weltweit am stärksten von der COVID-19-Krise betroffenen Länder. Mitte März beschloss der Bundesrat weitreichende Maßnahmen, die im Großen und Ganzen denen vieler EU-Länder ähneln. Diese galten zunächst bis zum 19. April, wurden nun aber bis zum 26. April verlängert.  Selbst für die Schweiz ist die Krise ein Stresstest. Positiv zu vermerken ist die enge Zusammenarbeit mit der EU. 

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Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19

(27 March - 2 April)

The „Geneva Telegram“ analyses current developments in the multilateral organiza-tions in Geneva relative to current events. During these weeks, it focuses on devel-opments in the Geneva-based organizations related to COVID-19. The pandemic does not only have a health dimension but also substantial consequences for the future of the global economy, world trade, work, flight and migration, the humanitarian sector and human rights. It also affects the multilateral system as a whole.

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Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19

(20 March - 26 March)

The „Geneva Telegram“ analyses current developments in the multilateral organiza-tions in Geneva relative to current events. During these weeks, it focuses on devel-opments in the Geneva-based organizations related to COVID-19. The pandemic does not only have a health dimension but also substantial consequences for the future of the global economy, world trade, work, flight and migration, the humanitarian sector and human rights. It also affects the multilateral system as a whole.

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Aktuelles aus den Genfer Organisationen zu COVID-19 | 19. März 2020

COVID-19 mit massiven Konsequenzen für alle Politikbereiche

Die „Genfer Depesche“ geht in Kurzform auf aktuelle Entwicklungen in den Genfer multilateralen Organisationen zu einem aktuellen Thema ein. In diesen Wochen widmet sie sich Entwicklungen in den Genfer Organisationen mit Bezug auf COVID-19. Die Pandemie hat nicht nur eine gesundheitspolitische Dimension, sondern hat erhebliche Auswirkungen für die Zukunft der Weltwirtschaft, des Welthandels, der Arbeit, Flucht und Migration, die humanitäre Hilfe sowie den Multilateralismus als Ganzes.

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Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19

(9 March - 12 March)

The WHO has classified the coronavirus illness COVID-19 as a pandemic - and is ask-ing member states to take an aggressive and offensive approach in order to stop its spread. Other Geneva based organisations are publishing reports on the initial eco-nomic consequences of the crisis. In the meantime, high-profile multilateral meet-ings in Geneva have been cancelled.

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Geneva Barometer

Developments in Geneva’s International Organisations Mid-November 2019 – Mid-February 2020

The “Geneva Barometer” takes an occasional look at a few selected developments amongst the international organisations based in Geneva.

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Geneva Barometer

Developments in Geneva’s International Organisations August to early November 2019

The “Geneva Barometer” takes an occasional look at a few selected developments amongst the international organisations based in Geneva.

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A green wave, surprises, and a key role for the Christian Democrats

The Swiss parliamentary elections of 20 October 2019

Switzerland was hit by a “green wave” more strongly than expected in the parliamentary elections of 20 October: both the Green Party and the Green Liberal Party achieved histori-cally good results. These came at the expense of Switzerland’s four largest traditional par-ties. The Christian Democrats (CVP) came out of the elections relatively unharmed. In the new parliament, the party will be granted a more pivotal role than has previously been the case.

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