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A short article from World Radio Switzerland on the cost of living in Swiss cities for expats.

The most expensive cities in the world for expats are mainly in Switzerland or Asia – although the Angolan capital Luanda remains at the top for the third year running. The annual survey by the consulting company Mercer is followed by governments and businesses on choosing where to live. If they want to save money, then Switzerland should be avoided. This small country has three cities in the top 10, Zurich is third, Geneva fifth and Bern ninth. The main reason is the climb of the franc against the euro. But Chinese cities are also becoming more expensive. Mercer say that’s due to a strengthening currency and high cost of consumer goods that are popular with expats. The cheapest city is Karachi in Pakistan.

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The Global Fund partnership has launched an online platform to involve a broad spectrum of participants from government, civil society, people affected by the diseases, multilaterals, private sector and other interested parties to collectively shape the future of the partnership through contributing to the making of the new strategy.

The e-Forum 2015 will invite participants to discuss and share their thinking on diverse thematic areas that the Global Fund works in while highlighting how the partnership should prepare itself for changing dynamics in global health. The e-Forum will be a multilingual platform and will be hosted on the website www.theglobalfund-eforum.org/consultation .

 

At the close of another year we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Holiday Season Wishing and a good start to the new year. 

See you at our next GCN lunch seminar on 23 January 2015. Details to follow soon.

Melitta, Glenn, Patricia

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The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is seeking the services of a creative or an integrated marketing and communications agency to promote the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (www.wcdrr.org) to take place from 14-18 March 2015. The promotional campaign should create a ‘buzz’ leading up to the conference, building interest and expectation for the engagement of the various stakeholder groups of which are: governments, non-governmental organizations, communities, cities, mayors, academia and the general public.

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Closing date: 24 November 2014

According to the magazine “Le News“, a swiss search engine, which was launched  by Hulbee AG in June, has already attracted 400 000 users.

Swisscows.com – Switzerland’s answer to Google – is beginning to give the California search engine a run for its money. Responding to Google’s market hold, Swisscows presents itself as the first intelligent “answer engine” based on semantic information recognition coupled with intuitive search assistance. 

The new search engine gives the user intelligent answers instead of just thousands of links. The new engine has a compelling advantage over US-based engines – Swisscows users leave no trace of themselves behind; their data are not recorded and hence not stored. Try it out at:www.swisscows.com 

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The Geneva Communicators Network is a platform to exchange views, news and information for communication professionals working in the Geneva region, Switzerland. Currently the network has over 1000 members including professionals from the PR, communications, media and marketing fields, more info>>

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