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Geneva Barometer

by Olaf Wientzek, Sarah Ultes, Katarzyna Gorgol-Mäder

Developments in the Geneva-based International Organisations from mid-February to end-April 2021

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

The global imbalance in the distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 is a dominant issue in both WHO and WTO. Given the deadlock in discussions on most topics within the WTO, the new Director-General of the WTO, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is seeking pragmatic solutions. Encouraged by her hands-on approach, many observers are hoping for a breath of fresh air and new impetus – not least in view of the WTO Ministerial Conference in December.

By contrast, things got pretty rough at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council. UN officials have expressed warnings that the humanitarian crisis is worsening worldwide. An important staff decision in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is looming.

You can read the full report here.

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Dr. Olaf Wientzek

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Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva

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