TNH EXCLUSIVE: The cyber attack the UN tried to keep under wraps
The breach affected dozens of servers in three separate locations: the UN Office at Vienna; the UN Office at Geneva; and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) headquarters in Geneva. These servers hold a range of data, including personal information about staff.
Coronavirus More Infectious Than Suspected: 2858 or 11,341 cases?
A team of UK and US researchers published a preliminary research paper estimating that the real number of cases in Wuhan, a city of 10 million people at the epicentre of the outbreak, could be as high as 11,341 as of 21 January — in contrast to the official number of 440 on 23 January.
Their model further forecast that within 14 days, those infected could exceed 190,000 in Wuhan alone.
China's Minister of the National Health Commission acknowledged that "the epidemic had entered a grave and complex period," as the country reported 2858 cases of the 2019-nCoV virus on Monday – three times that of Friday – along with 81 deaths.
Yasmine Motarjemi, 2019 joint winner of GUE/NGL Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, won her appeal against Nestlé in her lengthy whistleblowing case in Switzerland on 7 January 2020, her supporters announced.
In a statement she responded: "My judicial battle continues, as I still have to fight on many fronts, including for my financial survival. However, I hope that this recent breakthrough will mark a turning point in my long struggle for ethical behavior, justice and respect for human rights."
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Swiss Agricultural Policy on the Wrong Track: Overregulation inhibits entrepreneurial farmers
"In the World Economic Forum's latest report on the competitiveness of 141 countries, Switzerland ranked an inglorious last when it came to the complexity of customs regulations. Economically, it is not only agricultural protectionism that matters, but also countless federal and cantonal subsidies."
5th Geneva Engage Awards - Towards effective and engaging online meetings
The 5th Annual Geneva Engage Awards have been awarded to actors in International Geneva in recognition of their effectiveness of using social media during 2019 in three main categories: International organisations: The UN Refugee Agency; NGOs: The New Humanitarian; Permanent missions: Norway.
This year, Geneva Engage, introduced a new award for effective and innovative online meetings. The award was given to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for its pioneering efforts in making online meetings an effective tool in global diplomacy.
Melissa Fleming Wants to Change the UN's Public Image. Can She Do It?
"We're going to be testing a new approach, more of a solutions/hope-focused approach to our communications: always talking about what the problem is, what are the facts, being the neutral source of information, but also pointing to what is the blueprint for how this can be solved. Maybe even giving examples of where it is being solved, and creating this kind of sense for audiences that actually it's not hopeless. The problems of our world are daunting, but they're not insurmountable."
BBC: Trump decries climate 'prophets of doom' with Greta Thunberg in audience. (LINK)
Quartz Daily Davos brief: "A roaring geyser of opportunity." The US president showed up late to his much-anticipated address, then delivered a low-spirited, rambling campaign speech, mostly lauding his economic achievements at home. His defiant hubris and optimism did not fit with the generally more subdued mood at the event where climate change is the dominant issue. In fact, Trump called climate activists "prophets of doom," though he did say the US would commit to the trillion-trees initiative, the only part of the speech that was interrupted by applause."
Washington Post: Trump used his plenary moment — the forum's first speech by a major world leader — to take a victory lap of sorts, celebrating the U.S. economic "boom" under his watch. "America is flourishing, and, yes, America is winning again like never before," Trump declared in what was essentially a 30-minute campaign stunt, albeit devoid of the familiar xenophobic demagoguery.
The Hill: Trump at Davos sends warning shot to Europe on trade.(LINK) Trump trade wins seen providing few economic gains. (LINK)
At the next meeting, in New York in July, [of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development] nations will be expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews, a system of self-reporting conceived to "facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda." In practice, spokespeople from just a handful of countries will read their well-polished prepared statements from the dais. Only 54 countries actually offered to submit a voluntary review and, because of time restrictions, only 49 — of which only Syria represents the Middle East — will actually be called upon to do so.
e.g. climate change: by 22 January 6,499 articles mentioned climate change. Donald Trump was mentioned 3,249 times, Greta Thunberg 2,887 times.
"Developed by KPMG International, WEFLIVE is an innovative data visualization platform that aggregates Twitter data from WEF participants, and what the world is saying in response. WEFLIVE — your window into the Annual Meeting — has had one mission since its launch in 2011: to help our audience understand and engage with the WEF Twitter dialogue. In order to achieve this, the platform focuses on smart data analysis and rich, interactive visuals."
Swiss police 'exposed Russian spies in Davos' last August
Tages-Anzeiger says the men, who had diplomatic passports, may have been preparing a spying operation targeting the World Economic Forum (WEF). It adds that the pair, one of whom was posing as a plumber, were subsequently released. Swiss police confirmed to the BBC that two Russians were "checked" in August 2019.
NGOs that wish to receive money from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) must sign Framework Partnership Agreements. This is a modality only open to those whose main headquarters are in an EU country. That rules out most smaller UK NGOs, and those not part of international alliances like Save the Children International or Oxfam International. Similarly, for development aid, UK institutions are able to access EU funding, but only for certain categories of countries.
Call for submissions for the 3rd edition of the Oslo Forum Peacewriter Prize — Innovative ideas for leading peacemakers
Deadline 31 January 2020. The winning entry will be published as part of the briefing material for the 2020 Oslo Forum. Submissions should take the form of an essay and address an audience of mediation practitioners and high-level decision-makers. The maximum essay length is 2,000 words.
Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates 13 January 2020
Tropical cyclones causing billions in losses dominate national catastrophe picture of 2019 8 January 2020
How The Ocean Cleanup's mission to clear the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is going 13 January 2020
Climate change protest at Credit Suisse in Lausanne 'necessary and proportional': judge 13 January 2020
US drops designation of China as currency manipulator 13 January 2020
7 countries lose vote in UN General Assembly over arrears 11 January 2020
Central African Republic, Gambia, Lesotho, Tonga and Yemen. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that three other countries — Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia — are also in arrears by the assembly decided in October that they can retain their vote until September.
Five new countries on the UN Security Council 2 January 2020
Tunisia to represent Arab countries. The others are Vietnam, Niger, Estonia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Innovation Forum "Blockchain Technology in Support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals" concludes at the United Nations 17 January 2020
Currency 'Cold War' Takes Center Stage at Pre-Davos Crypto Confab 16 January 2020
The UK has reached a historic milestone as zero carbon electricity outstripped fossil fuels in 2019 for the first time. 2 January 2020
Oxfam: British carbon output tops Africans' many times over 5 January 2020
Prince William launches Earthshot Prize to inspire a 'decade of action' on climate 2 January 2020
As measles deaths top 6,000 in DRC, WHO calls for aid 7 January 2020
UNESCO warns protection of cultural sites amid escalating US-Iran standoff 6 January 2020
Lyft's good-guy image tainted by sexual assault lawsuits 7 January 2020
New Smart City near Cancun Will Include Over 7 Million Plants 8 January 2020