Paula Dupraz-Dobias

Paula Dupraz-Dobias is an award-winning investigative journalist and news and documentary producer with over 30 years of experience in all forms of media in Europe, North America and South America. She is based in Switzerland, but regularly travels for work to Peru and the United States.

Worries grow as more Venezuelans look to Peru

As Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro began a new six-year term on Thursday, Peru led Canada, the United States, and 12 other countries in the Americas in refusing to recognise his presidency, citing irregularities in his May 2018 election and despair over an economic collapse that has precipitated the largest exodus in the region’s history. But as Peru has recalled its diplomats and imposed travel bans and financial sanctions on Maduro and his allies, human rights advocates have raised concerns that the Peruvian government itself is taking an increasingly hard line on those fleeing Venezuela and failing to adequately prepare for a flow of migrants that shows no sign of abating.

Q&A: UN needs almost total reform, says Geneva chief

GENEVA — For some, 2018 may represent the beginning of the undoing of the global rules-based system set up after the end of the World War II. A year after announcing its departure from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Washington continues to disengage with the United Nations — withdrawing from the Human Rights Council and cutting funds to programs such as UNRWA, the U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees.

Swiss-based traders scramble to adapt to sulphur shipping cap

After the signing in 2015 of the Paris climate agreement, shipping, together with aviation, was largely left out of pledges set by the United Nations members. The argument was that its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could not be attributed to any specific nation. “The view was that the sea is large and one could go on polluting. This view is very clearly coming to an end,” explains Giacomo Luciani, a professor specialising in commodities trading at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

ICRC chief hopes for more partnerships with private sector

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says partnerships with businesses may offer solutions for some of the challenges the organization faces. Peter Maurer told CNNMoney Switzerland that investors looking for social impact projects may be attracted to ICRC’s model, where funds are immediately used for critical humanitarian aid. He also admitted certain risks may be involved at times in partnering with the private sector.

Wildlife trafficking is a "crime of greed", says CITES officer

The illegal trade in endangered species has become a major threat to wildlife, according to Barend Van Rensburg, chief of enforcement support at CITES, the UN agency responsible for regulating trade in protected species. Wildlife trafficking is now the fourth biggest illegal trade after drugs, arms and people trafficking. But as wildlife crime moves online, several tech firms have united to fight this illicit industry, estimated to value between $5-20 billion annually.

UN Secretary-General confirms Geneva's importance for disarmament talks

In Geneva to unveil a new disarmament agenda, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told CNNMoney Switzerland that Geneva continues to play an important role in conflict resolution and disarmament. "I see more and more Geneva being chosen for important negotiations in relation to the prevention and resolution of conflicts," he said. His statements come as the prospect of nuclear disarmament talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was put on hold after the US head of state announced their cancellation. On Friday, however, the U.S. president said he was willing to talk to his North Korean counterpart, which had been scheduled to take place in Singapore in June.

"Common ground" among Christians at center of Swiss papal visit

Pope Francis’ visit to the headquarters of the World Council of Churches next month highlights efforts by churches to "walk, talk and work" together, according to the organization's secretary general, Olav Fyske Tveit. The head of the Geneva-based organization also tells Paula Dupraz-Dobias that the WCC has become a peacemaker involved in helping warring parties to sit down and talk. He recently returned from North Korea, where he met with local churches and authorities in what he calls the country’s “spring of peace."

Mercosur deal important to remain competitive, says Swiss agriculture official

Adrian Aebi, head of international affairs at the agriculture ministry, explains that Switzerland would lose its competitive edge if EFTA did not follow the European Union in concluding a free trade agreement with Mercosur. While the deal is being criticized by the Swiss Farmers' Union as potentially "sacrificing" Swiss agriculture in favor of other sectors, Aebi assures critics that markets would not be opened completely.
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