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Geneva is the birthplace of the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions. It’s also a major headquarters for the United Nations as well as a wide range of non-government aid organizations working on the eradication of world poverty and providing emergency relief during disasters.
In a world confronting climate change, the population explosion and diminishing resources, humanitarian emergencies are a growing trend that increasingly involves questions of international security as well as our responsibilities to those less fortunate.
Over the next few months, I will be reporting from here on how non-governmental organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, CARE, Oxfam, Save the Children, World Vision and others are attempting to deal with major issues in developing countries, as well as how these organizations relate to other international institutions ranging from the United Nations to the World Trade Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the World Health Organization.