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On 16 February 2021, U.N. Geneva said 224 secretariat staff in Geneva have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since March 2020.


From 24 February to 17 March, an exhibition called "Palais des Nations: un temps de réflection" is open to the public in 160 outdoor locations around the city of Geneva. Organized by the Centre de la Photographie Genève and UNOG’s Change Perception Project, the exhibition consisted of a series of photographs of the Palais des Nations taken by UNOG Director-General Tatiana Valovaya during the first lockdown in March and April 2020. The photographs can also be seen on the Centre’s website.

NGOs worry Covid restrictions at Human Rights Council will leave a mark — genevasolutions — 2 March 2021

Former UNRWA boss hopeful for formal UN exoneration — swissinfo — 1 March 2021

Twelfth Ministerial Conference to take place in Geneva not Kazakhstan in week on 29 November 2021 — wto — 1 March 2021

U.N. rights experts seek international inquiry on Navalny poisoning — reuters — 1 March 2021

Bangladesh: UN rights chief urges transparent probe into writer’s death, review of law under which he was charged — news.un.org — 1 March 2021

UN: At least 18 killed by Myanmar forces in several cities — apnews — 1 March 2021

U.S. intelligence concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — cnbc — 27 February 2021

China and human rights at the Council: a conservative Roman Catholic's view after a Chinese Foreign Minister addresses Geneva body for the first time — bitterwinter — 27 February 2021

Climate pledges for 2030 put world far off 1.5C goal, U.N. warns — reuters — 26 February 2021

Guernica' tapestry no longer on view at UN — afp/rawstory — 26 February 2021

UN chief to host Cyprus meeting in April — afp/euractiv — 25 February 2021

Yemen Faces the Worst Famine the World Has Seen in Decades, the U.N. Warns — ap/time — 24 February 2021

'Too late': David Attenborough warns at UN: Earth faces ‘total collapse' — yahoo — 24 February 2021

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador — pbs — 23 February 2021

Biden’s Climate Envoy, at U.N., Likens Global Inaction to a ‘Suicide Pact’ — nytimes — 23 February 2021

Q&A: UN Environment Assembly Kicks Off With a Call to Make Peace with Nature — ipsnews — 22 February 2021

Russia says it has found first case of H5N8 avian flu in humans, alerts WHO — afp/timesofisrael — 20 February 2021

EU pushes WTO reform and Paris agenda in new trade plan — euobserver — 19 February 2021

A new UN report urges a radical shift in the way we think about nature — cnn — 19 February 2021

WHO deploys team to battle Ebola outbreaks as disease reaches capital — thehill — 18 February 2021

UN Myanmar envoy says he is 'terrified' at prospect of violence against protesters — cnn — 17 February 2021

At 50, the UN Environment Programme must lead again — nature — 16 February 2021

C.Africa football boss and 'Rambo' deny war crimes at ICC — source — 16 February 2021

Isabelle Durant takes over as acting head of UNCTAD — unctad — 16 February 2021

Incoming WTO head warns 'vaccine nationalism' could slow pandemic recovery — reuters — 15 February 2021

Overshadowed by war, aid groups in the Sahel soldier on neglected by peace negotiators — 24matins — 14 February 2021

Judith Butler at the European Graduate School: The abuse of indefinite detention: video — youtube — 13 February 2021

UN rights body adopts watered-down text on Myanmar coup — apnews — 13 February 2021

Wall Street Journal: China refused to give WHO raw data that could have helped determine when and how COVID-19 started — businessinsider — 13 February 2021

PassBlue: the Week in the UN — passblue — 12 February 2021

A Millennial UN Staffer Runs Against Secretary-General António Guterres without any national backing — passblue — 11 February 2021

UN Report: North Korea Stockpiles $316 Million in Cryptocurrencies From Cyberattacks — bitcoin — 10 February 2021

Covid: WHO says 'extremely unlikely' virus leaked from lab in China — bbc — 9 February 2021

UN humanitarian chief to step down: assessments — genevasolutions — 9 February 2021

North Korea continued to develop nuclear program in 2020 in violation of international sanctions, U.N. report says — cbsnews — 8 February 2021

UNCTAD launches new tool to help transform economies amid global crisis — unctad — 8 February 2021

US moves to rejoin UN rights council, reversing Trump anew — apnews — 8 February 2021

ICC clears way for war crimes probe of Israeli actions — pbs — 5 February 2021

A Black woman will be the world's top trade official for the first time — cnn — 5 February 2021

Libya rivals choose interim leaders at UN-backed talks in Geneva — africanews — 5 February 2021

Myanmar coup: UN Security Council backs return of democracy and urges release of detainees — euronews — 5 February 2021

UN chief reappoints billionaire Bloomberg as climate envoy — apnews — 5 February 2021

UNCTAD: Countries hail leadership of outgoing chief — source — 4 February 2021

Biodiversity report urges nations to consider nature an economic asset — newscientist — 2 February 2021

Effective disaster management needs responsible AI — itu — 2 February 2021

UN system in Europe and Central Asia calls on countries to better include environmental and climate change perspectives in their recovery plans — unece — 1 February 2021

The UN’s First Feminist, ‘Peg’ Snyder, Is Dead at 91 — passblue — 30 January 2021

Urban trees and forests in the spotlight as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration commences — unece — 29 January 2021

UN court rejects UK claim to Chagos Islands in favour of Mauritius — theguardian — 28 January 2021

John Kerry: UK climate summit is world's 'last best chance' — bbc — 28 January 2021

Study ranks New Zealand Covid-19 response best, Brazil worst, US in bottom five — france24 — 28 January 2021

Largest-Ever Climate Poll Shows 64% of Global Public Believes Warming Planet Is an 'Emergency' — commondreams — 29 January 2021

UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lanka generals for alleged war crimes — channelnewsasia — 27 January 2021

UN panel: Yemen’s war being fueled by economic profiteering — apnews — 27 January 2021

The New UN Tech Envoy Is Put on Leave, Pending an Investigation — passblue — 27 January 2021

Feminists Grade the UN’s Guterres With a 'B' for 2020, up from C+ — passblue — 27 January 2021

'Vaccine nationalism' could cost global economy $9.2 trillion — cgtn — 26 January 2021

Only one of the world’s 29 poorest countries has started coronavirus vaccinations — washingtonpost — 26 January 2021

U.N. chief says world faces existential threats, fragilities in address to World Economic Forum — pbs — 25 January 2021

ILO warns of ‘lost lockdown generation’ — aljazeera — 25 January 2021

Helping poorest tackle climate crisis will boost global growth, says IMF head — theguardian — 25 January 2021

Global Investment Down 42% In 2020, Further Weakness Expected In 2021 (PDF) — unctad — 24 January 2021

10 Billionaires Made Enough Money During The Pandemic To Vaccinate The Entire World — huffpost — 24 January 2021

Ageing dams in India, US, other nations pose growing threat: UN report — hindustantimes — 24 January 2021

WHO: Poorer nations to get first 40 million vaccines next month — dw — 22 January 2021

UN Says Talks on New Syria Constitution to Resume Jan 25 — aawsat — 21 January 2021

World Bank to Fund Lebanon's Vaccination Drive — aawsat — 21 January 2021

Uganda: Bobi Wine files arbitrary detention complaint at UN — aljazeera — 21 January 2021

North Korea Raises Human Rights Concerns at U.N. — newsweek — 21 January 2021

Panel finds world not prepared for COVID-19; China, WHO acted too slowly — upi — 19 January 2021

UNCTAD updates principles to promote biodiversity-friendly trade — unctad — 18 January 2021

Two UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic — apnews — 18 January 2021

UN: Pandemic Reduced Migrants by 2 Million by Mid-2020 — ap/usnews — 16 January 2021

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi receives award for work on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and announces departure on 15 February — unctad — 15 January 2021

UN rights body picks Fiji in first ever presidential vote — afp/straitstimes — 15 January 2021

Fire destroys homes of thousands in Bangladesh Rohingya refugee camps, UN says — reuters/cnn — 15 January 2021

WHO team arrives in Wuhan as China reports first Covid-19 death since May — france24 — 14 January 2021

UNICEF COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard: $1.19-$44 per dose — source — 12 January 2021

UN Secretary-General António Guterres Says He Will Seek a Second Term in 2022 — passblue — 11 January 2021

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Agenda 2021: a youth cure for the UN (LINK)

Though not all SIDS are heavily indebted, 17 are considered by the IMF as being at 'high risk' of debt distress, unable to meet their loan payments — unctad — 7 January 2021

UN adopts budget over U.S. and Israel objections — ap/theglobeandmail — 4 January 2021

Ground News: "This news story is a Blindspot for people on the Right."

EU: Iran’s uranium enrichment will have ‘serious implications’ — aljazeera — 4 January 2021

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