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United Nations Geneva briefing (PDF) — UNOG — 18 December 2020


U.N. Geneva reports 6 new coronavirus cases among its Secretariat staff in a week, double the previous rate, making a total of 189 announced cases since March — 21 December 2020.

United Nations / humanitarian news

Curated by Peter Hulm

UN experts say Trump's pardon of Blackwater contractors violates international law — ohchr — 30 December 2020

Netherlands violates nationality rights: UN rights committee — un — 29 December 2020

UN rapporteur on Assange: 'The US is trying to criminalize investigative journalism' — dw — 28 December 2020

WHO Launches Official Coronavirus App To Provide Credible COVID-19 Updates And Information — mashable — 28 December 2020

UN expert urges Thailand to stop targeting protesters with royal insult law — theguardian — 27 December 2020

Uganda: UN food assistance programme hit as COVID-19 dries up funding — un — 23 December 2020

The End of UN-AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur Gives Rise to Protests — africanews — 23 December 2020

Iraq: Trump pardons for Baghdad Blackwater guards 'contributes to impunity' says UN rights office — un — 23 December 2020

3 UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic — ap/abcnews — 26 December 2020

Catchup: New Humanitarian 2020 in review: Investigations — thenewhumanitarian — 23 December 2020

The UN Pension Fund’s Latest Flareups and Hazards to Whistleblowers — passblue — 23 December 2020

'Good riddance', China says as Germany leaves UN Security Council — reuters/scmp — 23 December 2020

UN probe in Mali sees war crimes, crimes against humanity: Report — aljazeera — 22 December 2020

Human rights court orders Turkey to release Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtaş — euronews — 22 December 2020

Sexual harassment at UN 'on the back burner', says former executive — theguardian — 22 December 2020

UNECE mobilizes action to tackle $200bn per year damage from nitrogen — unece — 22 December 2020

African countries show mixed progress towards poverty reduction and half of them have an extreme poverty rate above 35% — worldbank — 22 December 2020

Honduras' hurricane losses total $1.9 billion, far below government estimate, U.N. says — reuters/nbcnews — 21 December 2020

UN agencies finalize a framework to measure illicit financial flows — unctad — 21 December 2020

Brazilian woman forced into domestic slavery and marriage freed after 40 years — theguardian — 21 December 2020

WHO was warned of fallout over yanked Italy report — apnews — 19 December 2020

'Humanitarian crisis': UN panel decries Covid rules that trapped crews at sea — theguardian — 18 December 2020

WHO: Vaccine program gets access to nearly 2 billion doses — apnews — 18 December 2020

These countries host the most refugees: Turkey, Colombia and Pakistan — weforum — 18 December 2020

Many Countries Cheer Gains to Ending the Death Penalty Globally, but Foes Harden Their Stance — passblue — 17 December 2020

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty: 'We need to build back better' — france24 — 17 December 2020

Transforming trade, backing productive capacities is key to fixing global economy — unctad — 17 December 2020

The top 10 crises the world should be watching in 2021 — rescue — 16 December 2020

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Covid: WHO to investigate virus origins in China's Wuhan — bbc — 16 December 2020

UN Human Development Report: includes a new experimental index on human progress that takes into account countries’ carbon dioxide emissions and material footprint. — genevasolutions — 15 December 2020

More than 50 countries in the “very high development” group — including Singapore, Luxembourg, Australia and the United Arab rates (UAE) — drop out of this group when their dependence on fossil fuels and material footprint are taken into account. In contrast, countries like Costa Rica, Moldova and Panama move upwards by at least 30 places.

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4 Experts Assess the Record of the UN’s António Guterres — passblue — 14 December 2020

U.N. chief proposes new envoys to mediate Libya, Mideast — reuters — 14 December 2020

Ukraine seeks UNESCO status for Chernobyl to help manage visitors to nuclear site — afp/euronews — 13 December 2020

Trump’s parting gift to Morocco: recognizing its claims over Western Sahara — washingtonpost — 13 December 2020

'Overwhelming' reports of killings of Eritreans in Tigray: UN — source — 12 December 2020

ICC prosecutor pushes for full investigation into Ukraine war crimes — dw — 12 December 2020

UNCTAD’s 15th quadrennial ministerial conference (UNCTAD15) postponed from April to 3-8 October in Bridgetown, Barbados — unctad — 11 December 2020

Jordanian Woman Techpreneur Scoops UN Business Award — unctad — 11 December 2020

Int'l Geneva applauds rising star as US Trade Representative — thegenevaobserver — 11 December 2020

International Mountain Day: UN partners tackle plastic pollution in mountainous and remote regions — brsmeas — 11 December 2020

Video: Nobel Peace Prize awarded to UN World Food Programme — euronews — 10 December 2020

A Research and Analysis Webinar: "Covid-19 and Global Value Chains" — wto — 10 December 2020

UN Report Finds World Leaders Fall Short of Meeting Paris Agreement Goal — ecowatch — 9 December 2020

Three arrested for allegedly attempt to blackmail Brazilian I.T. worker at U.N. Geneva (French) — 20min — 9 December 2020

Covid used as pretext to curtail civil rights around the world, finds report — theguardian — 9 December 2020

UN divided on timing to end UN-AU peacekeeping in Darfur — AP/ctvnews — 9 December 2020

Ethiopia admits shooting at UN team in Tigray "defying checkpoints" — africanews — 9 December 2020

UN's Palais renovation marred by management issues, says confidential audit — thegenevaobserver — 8 December 2020

ILO Governing Body calls for urgent action on seafarer COVID-19 crisis — ilo — 9 December 2020

United Kingdom: UN expert calls for immediate release of Assange after 10 years of arbitrary detention — ohchr — 8 December 2020

Investment Promotion Agencies from Estonia, India and Rwanda receive UN Awards for excellence in their COVID-19 responses. — unctad — 8 December 2020

The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency wins special recognition for mainstreaming gender in investment promotion.

WTO deputy director-general calls for greater efforts on ‘trade for peace’ — genevasolutions — 7 December 2020

UN: "2021 is literally going to be catastrophic" — axios — 4 December 2020

UN chief urges Karabakh talks under international format — digitaljournal — 4 December 2020

World Bank lends Morocco $400 million to support welfare plans — reuters — 4 December 2020

UN chief: Vaccine can’t undo damage from global pandemic — apnews — 4 December 2020

UN criticised for holding back review of troubled Congo Ebola response — thenewhumanitarian — 4 December 2020

International Law and Border Closures in the Context of Covid-19 — frontiersin — 3 December 2020

"Providing non-custodial alternatives to immigration detention is not only a duty of states under human rights law,11 it is also required to avoid contagion in overcrowded detention centers."

Pacific Islands Forum to hold virtual climate summit — digitaljournal — 3 December 2020

Satellites are being used to improve effectiveness of humanitarian operations — reliefweb — 3 December 2020

This is how much physical activity we all need to stay healthy, says WHO — weforum — 3 December 2020

UN chief slams 'suicidal war on nature' as 2020 on track to be one of hottest years on record — france24 — 2 December 2020

Climate change is already a disaster to health, doctors say — theverge — 2 December 2020

WHO: HIV services rebounding after pandemic shock — genevasolutions — 2 December 2020

Ethiopia grants UN access to deliver humanitarian aid to Tigray region — france24 — 2 December 2020

UNDP's Rising up for SIDS project: Small island developing states do not have the luxury of time — undp — 2 December 2020

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for humanitarian access to Tigray — AP/ctvnews — 2 December 2020

France hosts aid meeting in effort to break Lebanon's political gridlock — france24 — 2 December 2020

Iran’s president rejects bill that would boost uranium enrichment — apnews — 2 December 2020

U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug — nytimes — 2 December 2020

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has calculated that global warming by 2100 could be as low as 2.1°C as a result of all the net zero pledges announced as of November 2020. — climateactiontracker — 1 December 2020

UN to Issue First-Ever Global Report on Harmful Algal Blooms — eurekalert — 30 November 2020

The Process to Choose the Next UN Leader Should Start Now — passblue — 29 November 2020

France, UK agree fresh deal to curb Channel migrant crossings — newswires/france24 — 29 November 2020

UN says Sudan needs $150m to help Ethiopian refugees — aljazeera — 28 November 2020

Iran’s top nuclear scientist killed, Zarif says 'serious indications' of Israeli role — source — 27 November 2020

Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Thailand frees Iranians 'in swap with academic' who dated Israeli — bbc — 26 November 2020

U.N. study shows women working harder, getting poorer during pandemic — upi — 26 November 2020

U.N. Panel: Technology in Policing Can Reinforce Racial Bias — nytimes — 26 November 2020

It is time to decolonise the World Bank and the IMF — aljazeera — 26 November 2020

The 10 best cities to live in the world as an expat: Valencia, Alicante and Lisbon tops — yahoo — 26 November 2020

Here's the type and amount of exercise you need, WHO advises — cnn — 25 November 2020

News bias tracker for Google Chrome browsers offered by Ground News — google — 24 November 2020

One review: "Good idea - flawed implementation: inaccurate ratings and limited coverage. I tested this app on my Facebook feed. It failed to comment on the majority of political posts, as it seems limited to only mainstream media articles. The things it flagged as 'left wing bias' were mostly wrong -- e.g. the UK Government (gov.uk) was flagged as "100% left-wing biased". I wish!"

Congo warlord sentenced to life for war crimes — reuters — 23 November 2020

U.N. prepares for up to 200,000 Ethiopian refugees in Sudan — pbs — 20 November 2020

A billion people have no legal identity - but a new app plans to change that — weforum — 20 November 2020

The looming health catastrophe that could be more deadly than COVID-19 — weforum — 20 November 2020

WTO, Geneva’s Youth Discuss Future of Trade and Environment — iisd — 20 November 2020

WHO chief Tedros denies Ethiopia’s claims he backs Tigray rebels in conflict — afp/scmp — 20 November 2020

Trump administration in 'staggering' isolation at UN on health issues — theguardian — 19 November 2020

Alain Werner of Geneva-based Civitas Maxima recognised for his fight in protecting victims of war crimes — genevasolutions — 18 November 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Jungle Jabbah and the fight against war crimes impunity (LINK)

Ethiopia bombs Tigray capital as it rejects mediation calls — aljazeera — 16 November 2020

Email reveals 65 virus cases, with 1 cluster, in WHO Geneva staff — apnews — 16 November 2020

Anti-landmines treaty: 'a humanitarian success story’: only Myanmar used them in 2019 — genevasolutions — 16 November 2020

Cambodia: UN experts alarmed by civil society crackdown, attacks on defenders — ohchr — 16 November 2020

Islanders And Protestors Reject UN Shipping Climate Proposal As 'Greenwashing' — forbes — 15 November 2020

Austria wants ethical rules on battlefield killer robots — dw — 15 November 2020

Western Sahara independence leader declares the end of a 29-year-old ceasefire with Morocco — cnn — 15 November 2020

Greece Is Weaponizing the Coronavirus Against Refugees — vice — 13 November 2020

Five judges elected to UN’s International Court of Justice — dw — 13 November 2020

UN: 870K measles cases in 2019, highest number in 23 years — apnews — 12 November 2020

UN urges protection of civillians in Northern Mozambique — africanews — 12 November 2020

At least 74 drown after migrant boat breaks down off Libya coast — AP/euronews — 12 November 2020

Aid groups unable to supply Ethiopia's Tigray region, UN warns — reuters/theguardian — 12 November 2020

Why hurricanes are retaining power after they strike land — mashable — 12 November 2020

Geneva Health Forum: Spirit of 'reverse innovation' drives new digital health technologies — genevasolutions — 12 November 2020

Iran's explanations on uranium stockpile 'not credible', UN nuclear watchdog says — france24 — 11 November 2020

DCAF: A ground-breaking initiative turns 10 — dcaf — 11 November 2020

sLibya peace talks reach 'breakthrough' agreement to hold elections — france24 — 11 November 2020

Development banks pledge climate action but keep fossil fuels — aljazeera — 11 November 2020

Azerbaijan’s drones owned the battlefield in Nagorno-Karabakh — and showed future of warfare — washingtonpost — 11 November 2020

WHO told to step up investigations into Covid-19 virus origin — genevasolutions — 11 November 2020

Bahrain’s Long-Serving Prime Minister, accused of corruption in Arab Spring, Dies in Mayo Clinic at Age 84 — bloomberg — 11 November 2020

Australia: Police expose global child sex abuse ring — dw — 11 November 2020

Prince Charles: 10 actions we must take to drive the green recovery — weforum — 10 November 2020

Catchup: UNRWA boss: The Agency has not yet secured sufficient funding under the Programme Budget to fully pay the salaries of all our staff for the month of November 2020. — unrwa — 9 November 2020

Injection prevents women from contracting HIV, study finds — aljazeera — 9 November 2020

U.S. criticised for police brutality, racism at U.N. rights review — reuters — 9 November 2020

UN-backed conference is latest effort at peace for Libya — dw — 9 November 2020

If we could change for Covid-19, we can change for the climate, says Naomi Klein — straitstimes — 8 November 2020

U.S. Aid Agency to Grant $20 Million to Fund Sudan Wheat Purchases — reuters/usnews — 7 November 2020

Hotspots in four countries on brink of famine, UN warns — — 6 November 2020

FAO report (PDF)

WHO looks at mink farm biosecurity globally after Danish coronavirus cases — reuters — 6 November 2020

WHO urged to invite Taiwan to key meeting — channelnewsasia — 6 November 2020

UN summit in December to push action on COVID-19 pandemic — apnews — 6 November 2020

UN's $5.1 Billion Shortfall Threatens Operations Worldwide — source — 5 November 2020

UN Habitat: World Cities Report 2020 (PDF) — unhabitat — 5 November 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Getting smarter in Geneva about cities (LINK)

Solar power could provide energy for the world’s most vulnerable. Here are 5 ways to pay for it — weforum — 5 November 2020

E.S. Reddy, Who Led U.N.'s Efforts Against Apartheid, Dies at 96 — nytimes — 5 November 2020

Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci resigns to face war crimes charges at international court — apnews — 5 November 2020

As of Now, the U.S. Is Officially Out of the Paris Climate Agreement — nytimes — 4 November 2020

New Jersey Governor Signs Strongest Ban on Single-Use Plastics in U.S., Promotes Reusable Bags — commondreams — 5 November 2020

Carbon removal offers trillion-dollar opportunity, says UN-backed investor body — genevasolutions — 2 November 2020

Possible war crimes committed in Nagorno-Karabakh, U.N. rights boss says — reuters — 2 November 2020

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