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Country Reports

Geneva Barometer

by Dr. Olaf Wientzek, Diana Peters, Sarah Ultes, Katarzyna Gorgol-Mäder, Maewa Dutuit-Sauter

Developments in the Geneva-based International Organisations from mid-December 2020 – end-February 2021

The “Geneva Barometer” takes an occasional look at selected developments in the international organisations based in Geneva.

Just a few weeks after US President Joe Biden took office, the effects on the multilateral organisations based in Geneva can be felt. As expected, the USA immediately rejoined the WHO.

However, the change of leadership in the White House also had specific consequences for the Human Rights Council and the World Trade Organization more quickly than expected. The appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new WTO Director-General is historic. From 1 March, she will be the first representative from the African continent and the first woman to hold this position.

The issue of fair vaccine distribution globally has been just as much on the agenda of WHO as the discussion around a WHO reform over the past few weeks.

You can read the full report here.