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.



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.

Pioneering cleantech firm says patience is key for investors

Ten years ago, two researchers from ETH Zurich developed Climeworks, a firm specializing in extracting carbon from the air. Experts now say that technology is essential for keeping global warming under control, together with carbon reduction measures. Climework's CEO and co-founder Christoph Gebald expects a global carbon tax by 2030, which will help cover the high costs involved. "Classical VCs are not interested in what we are doing since it is a very long term venture," he told Paula Dupraz-Dobias. But the company has found backers among a number of wealthy, forward-looking individuals in Switzerland.

Global healthcare should be everyone's concern, says MSF chief

Highlighting the importance of providing global healthcare is challenging when policymakers are unable to find personal connections, says Joanne Liu, president of Médecins Sans Frontières. The Canadian pediatrician heading the NGO says that Western leaders only realized the urgency of the deadly Ebola outbreak after cases were repatriated back to Europe and the United States. She also says that access to medicine needs to be considered a "collective issue" in dealing with diseases that have no borders.

Transparency in mining is a challenge, says EITI chief

The head of an international transparency organization says the move to reduce corruption between resource-rich countries and trading partners is a complex one. Jonas Moberg, the executive director of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, told CNNMoney Switzerland that "stamina and daring" is required in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an increasing demand for cobalt has business partners at a crossroads in terms of transparency as well as labor issues.
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