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Geneva Barometer

by Dr. Olaf Wientzek, Cedric Amon, Sarah Ultes

Developments among Geneva-based international organisations from mid-December 2022 to February 2023

The ‘Geneva Barometer’ takes an occasional look at selected developments among international organizations based in Geneva.

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2023 could be an important year of negotiations for several projects in different organisations: The talks on a possible pandemic accord and on the revision of the International Health Regulations are now entering an important phase at the World Health Organization (WHO). The same applies to the negotiations on an extension of the Fisheries Agreement at the World Trade Organization (WTO). At the same time, old unresolved issues (such as the WTO's still damaged dispute settlement function) are making multilateral problem-solving more difficult.

It is already shaping up to be a very busy year at the Human Rights Council.

Several Geneva-based organisations are busy fighting the consequences of the catastrophic earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. The fact that Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine will continue to be one of the dominant topics in all organisations became clear not only at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but also at the meeting of the last WHO Executive Board. Hardly noticed, Geneva is increasingly trying to establish itself as an international data hub.

Read the full report here.

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Director of the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue Brussels

olaf.wientzek@kas.de +32 2 669 31 70

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