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WTO cuts trade growth forecast amid US tariff disputes

The World Trade Organization lowered Thursday its global trade growth forecasts, citing increased trade tensions between large economies and heightened uncertainty.

The Geneva-based trade body cut its estimate for this year by half a percentage point to a still-robust 3.9 percent. It predicts a further slowing of growth in volume terms next year, to 3.7 percent.

“While trade growth remains strong, this downgrade reflects the heightened tensions that we are seeing between major trading partners,” said WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo.

Read more about it here
Schoolgirl, 12, moderates at UN discussion event


A 12-year-old old schoolgirl has become the "youngest moderator" in a United Nations discussion on children as defenders of human rights.

Hannah Richardson and Cameron Butchart, from East Lothian, are playing a key role in the UN Day of General Discussion in Geneva, which is focusing on the issue of protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders.

They are the only children from the UK represented, working alongside children from across the world, including Moldova, Norway and India.

To read more, click here

Ever done unpaid internship? You will relate to these 7 Interns

Behind closed doors at the Central Intelligence Agency, an elite team of intelligence officers guards the nation's secrets.

A few of them aren't old enough to drink.

"This is one of the few internships where every day, you could be making decisions that affect the national security of our nation," said Michael. "You're the next intelligence officer for the United States. You're not treated like a typical intern here."

Interns as young as 18 and in high school can join the CIA with undergraduate and graduate students. Students can work in fields ranging from cybersecurity to cartography to graphic design.

                                                                                                         Read more about it here

GIA Drinks - Cool Cafe
Hello everyone!

October is starting and to celebrate we're going to Carouge! As you might already know the Carouge area has a rich night life. There is always something cool to do, and the good thing is that is not actually as far as it seems (its only 15 min away from Gare Cornavin!).

Without much further ado, this week we'll be going to COOL café restaurant pizzeria, a very charming venue that besides being a nice bar, they also prepare some of the best pizzas in the Carouge area,

GIA Wristbands will be on sale during the night for 3 chf till 22:00.

                              ****GIA drink prices****

                           Pints of Beer: 5.50 CHF
                           Small Beer: 4 CHF
                           Wine: 3.50 CHF
                           Long Drinks: 8 CHF

                         ****Food deal with a GIA Wristband**** 

           Every pizza from their menu will be 15 CHF, no matter which one you order

Where: Cool Café (Rue Saint-Victor 14, 1227 Carouge)
When: Starting from 20:30
How to get there: Tram 18 or 12 till "Armes" stop and then a 2/3 minutes walk.

See you guys there! Also, feel free to bring Your friends, the more the merrier.

Also, follow the Facebook event, here

Geneva Blabla Language Exchange - Friday 5th of October

With this Language Exchange you can learn the local language or improve your skills in Japanese, French, English, Korean, Spanish, German, Russian, etc...

Blabla Language Exchange helps you ameliorate your language skills through the discussion of various preset topics to share with fellow group members, as well as question- answer games and other interactive activities.
                                                                                                                           Find out more here

Why is racism making a comeback?

Whereas many would regard it as an issue long dealt with and all but resolved, racism seems to be returning. Round the world, repeated and increasing episodes of racial discrimination have taken place in recent years. Above and beyond situations of armed conflicts or political repression, forms of intolerance and stigmatisation associated explicitly with identity, culture or religion have recently manifested themselves in steadying patterns and in widening circles, often unapologetically and not always merely by extremists – whether in the form of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, anti-Black, anti-Roma or other forms of discrimination.

Is there indeed a return of racism? If so, what can it be attributed to? What forms is the new-old racism taking? What does history teach us on that front? And what can be done about this state of affairs?

                                                                                              For more information, click here

Jazz ContreBand Festival

Key event in the French-Swiss cultural landscape, JazzContreBand arises from a cross-border dynamics. Beyond a festival dedicated to jazz, this network of 29 theaters in France and in Switzerland gather directors and programmers working together for a better "traffic" of the public and the artists. Next October, the festival will present 63 concerts, jams, masterclass but also a contest putting forward the young talents of the region as well as a coproduction. This year the artist is Arthur Hnatek, big Swiss drummer, who will be for the honor. Artists programmed this year : Sylvie Courvoisier, Vincent Peirani, André Manoukian, Electro Deluxe, Roy Hargrove, Sarah McCoy, Elina Duni, Elodie Pasquier, Foehn Trio... Théâtres membres of the event : l'AMR, Château Rouge, l'ETM, l'Echandole, le Brise-Glace, le Chat Noir etc...
                                                                                               Click here for more details. 

Special Housing Offer

If you need accommodation in Geneva between October 2018 and December 2018, there is an offer from Webster University!

They propose Single Rooms in Suites for CHF1000-CHF1100  per month, with all utilities and bedding included, in their residence Les Berges du Rhône. 

The residence is ideally located in the neighborhood of La Jonction, a few steps away from Tram 14 stop Palladium, all commodities are at walking distance as well: Migros, Coop, pharmacy, bank, post office, restaurants etc.

If you are interested feel free to contact them at:
For more information visit the GIA Website
Right to Housing: Homeless no more
No automatic alt text available.Rent is skyrocketing, wages are stagnating, poverty is flourishing, and homelessness is on the rise. 

What are the UN, NGOs, public and private sector doing about this? 
How can we as individuals make a difference to the lives of 1.2 billion people who lack access to adequate housing?

Find out at the “Right to Housing: Homeless No More” Library Talk organised by UNECE and United Nations Library at Geneva:
For more details, click here

GIA is an association of interns, for and by interns. That means that the leadership team is always changing. So we always need new members.



We are looking for a tech savvy person to join our team as a Webmaster. Tasks include maintaining our site and online systems.

If you are interested in the vacancy, please fill out this recruitment form>> for more information or email


Do you have a passion to put pen to paper? GIA is looking for you! Tell us about your internship experiences, projects you are working on or submit an article of your choice.

If you are interested in becoming a Newsletter Columnist email us at


Our Team is looking for an aspiring photographer to join our team to chronicle intern life in Geneva

If you are interested in the vacancy, this recruitment form>> for more information or email


Our Team is looking for someone to step up and fill the "second in command" role in our executive team with the idea of eventually becoming the next chair of the association. 

If you are interested in the vacancy, this recruitment form>> for more information or email

GIA an association of interns working in International Organisations and NGOs in Geneva. Our three main aims are to improve:

- The Professional Welfare of Interns (e.g.campaigning to improve working conditions, seeking fair remuneration and diversifying the accessibility of internship programmes)

- Life Beyond Work (e.g. by continuing and improving interns’ social events like GIA Drinks and GIA Lunches)

- Continuity and a Lasting Institution (having a formal association will help passing experience and information from one generation of interns to the next)
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