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McKay Interview: Tatiana Valovaya UN DG in Geneva (23 November 2020)

McKay Interview: Tatiana Valovaya UN DG in Geneva (23 November 2020)

The McKay Interview

On this week's McKay Interview, Michael talks to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya. She discusses the future of the UN in Geneva, how the pandemic...

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UN Roundup - why the jet d'eau will be orange on Wednesday

UN Roundup - why the jet d'eau will be orange on Wednesday

UN Roundup

Mon 23 November 2020. Today on the UN Roundup, Daniel Johnson tells us what's happening this week. 1 : Afghanistan Conference at the UN Palais (and virtually) - A high-level pledging conf...

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UN Roundup - Worsening security in Ethiopia

UN Roundup - Worsening security in Ethiopia

UN Roundup

16 November 2020. 1 : News - Worsening humanitarian and security situation in Ethiopia with fighting and reported missile strikes on Eritrea from the northern Tigray region. Amid reports of mass...

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McKay Interview: Lorenzo Stoll, DG SWISS for Suisse Romande (10 November 2020)

McKay Interview: Lorenzo Stoll, DG SWISS for Suisse Romande (10 November 2020)

The McKay Interview

This week Michael McKay speaks to Lorenzo Stoll, Director-General of SWISS International Airlines for the Suisse Romande. The pandemic has meant major disruptions to airlines around the world du...

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UN Roundup - World Food Programme focus

UN Roundup - World Food Programme focus

UN Roundup

9 November 2020 Today Daniel Johnson gives us some highlights on the agenda this week at the UN. 1 : Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent emergency in hunger hotspots: Burkina Faso,...

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UN Roundup - Belarus’ human rights record to be examined

UN Roundup - Belarus’ human rights record to be examined

UN Roundup

2 November 2020. On today's UN Roundup, Daniel Johnson from the UN takes us through some highlights on the calendar for the United Nations this week. 1: Geneva Peace Week, 2-6 November 20...

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McKay Interview: Jovan Kurbalija, Director DiploFoundation, Head of Geneva Internet Platform

McKay Interview: Jovan Kurbalija, Director DiploFoundation, Head of Geneva Internet Platform

The McKay Interview

Michael McKay speaks with Professor Jovan Kurbalija. He is prominent in many important circles in Geneva, in Switzerland and internationally. He is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and the ...

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UN Roundup - Libya Ceasefire & WHO film submissions wanted

UN Roundup - Libya Ceasefire & WHO film submissions wanted

UN Roundup

26 October 2020.  Daniel Johnson brings us some news of the Libya ceasefire as well as some cultural events: 1: Peace talks aimed at ending almost a decade of chaos in Libya reached agre...

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UN Roundup - United Nations’ 75th anniversary

UN Roundup - United Nations’ 75th anniversary

UN Roundup

19 October 2020. Rheal LeBlanc joins us for the weekly UN Roundup. This morning we take a look at:  1: The UN will hold direct, face-to-face talks between delegations of the 5+5 Joint Mi...

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McKay Interview: Karel Leeflang - what will be the 'new normal'?

McKay Interview: Karel Leeflang - what will be the 'new normal'?

The McKay Interview

Michael's guest is Karel Leeflang. His bread and butter is in leading large-scale transformations, both as a corporate executive and advisor. And in describing what he does, jargon words and...

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World Food Day - FAO's Marco V. Sánchez Cantillo explains

World Food Day - FAO's Marco V. Sánchez Cantillo explains

Mid Morning Mix

Today - on World Food Day - we speak to Marco V. Sánchez Cantillo, Deputy-Director of the Agrifood Economics Division (ESA) Economic and Social Development Stream of the Food and Agricu...

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UN Roundup - World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize 2020

UN Roundup - World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize 2020

UN Roundup

13 October 2020.  Daniel Johnson reports in on the Mid Morning Mix with Katt... 1: UN’s World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize. Announced last Friday, this is a major morale b...

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UN Roundup - Sudan & South Sudan: famine & floods

UN Roundup - Sudan & South Sudan: famine & floods

UN Roundup

5 October 2020. Today Daniel Johnson talks to Katt Cullen on the Mid Morning Mix to explain the following events taking place this week at the United Nations. 1: News: Sudan and South Sudan&r...

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McKay Interview: Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director General, RUSI

McKay Interview: Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director General, RUSI

The McKay Interview

On this week's McKay Interview: As we are based in Geneva, we are well aware of its long-standing multilateral reputation and its unrivalled position as the city of peace, negotiation and reconcil...

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Big Screen, Little Screen - Billie & Contradict

Big Screen, Little Screen - Billie & Contradict

Mid Morning Mix

Today Suzi reports back in to Katt about two documentaries both out at the cinema this week: 'Billie' and 'Contradict'

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UN Roundup - Yemen prisoner swap and WHO influenza advice

UN Roundup - Yemen prisoner swap and WHO influenza advice

UN Roundup

28 September 2020.  1: Over the weekend, Yemen’s warring parties agreed to a prisoner swap – the biggest in the conflict so far – “Many, many thousands of families w...

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UN Roundup - Yemen, Belarus & the UN General Assembly

UN Roundup - Yemen, Belarus & the UN General Assembly

UN Roundup

21 September 2020 1: UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has welcomed the start of UN-sponsored talks on Yemen (with the ICRC) which hinges on prisoner releases between the two...

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McKay Interview: Round Table (21 September 2020)

McKay Interview: Round Table (21 September 2020)

The McKay Interview

Two years ago in Paris, I recorded a roundtable McKay Interview with people whose fingers were very much on the Parisienne pulse. Very recently, in this year of Covid19, I have done something simil...

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UN Roundup - 45th Human Rights Council

UN Roundup - 45th Human Rights Council

UN Roundup

14 September 2020. 1: Human Rights Council 45th session As is the custom, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will kick off proceedings with a series of “count...

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UN Roundup - SDG exhibition #YouNeedToKnow & $95m appeal

UN Roundup - SDG exhibition #YouNeedToKnow & $95m appeal

UN Roundup

7 September 2020. Today Daniel Johnson talks to Katt Cullen for the UN Roundup. 1: SDG exhibition #YouNeedToKnow at the Place des Nations. This one-week only exhibition on the Sustai...

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McKay Interview:  Prof. Bill Durodie - University of Bath.

McKay Interview: Prof. Bill Durodie - University of Bath.

The McKay Interview

This week Michael McKay speaks to Professor Bill Durodie - chair of Risk and Security in International Relations at the University of Bath in the UK. As Michael discovers, there's a lot more...

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UN Roundup - Syria Constitutional talks and safety of journalists

UN Roundup - Syria Constitutional talks and safety of journalists

UN Roundup

31 Aug 2020.  1 - The third round of Syria Constitutional talks at UN Geneva concluded this weekend. We ask what progress was made? What was the cost of the Covid Interruption at ...

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UN Roundup - Syria constitutional talks reconvene in Geneva today

UN Roundup - Syria constitutional talks reconvene in Geneva today

UN Roundup

24 August 2020. 1 - Syria Constitutional talks reconvene in Geneva after nine-month pause. 2 - Beirut blast: One in two children show signs of trauma, stress after port explosion, says UN Childr...

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McKay Interview: Lebanese film maker and cultural producer, Nabil Canaan (24 August 2020)

McKay Interview: Lebanese film maker and cultural producer, Nabil Canaan (24 August 2020)

The McKay Interview

On the return of the McKay Interview after the summer break - no matter where you were on the 4th August, you must surely have been aware of the huge explosion in Beirut. According to Lebanon&rsquo...

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