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The 77th World Health Assembly

The 77th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) marked significant progress in the global health agenda.

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Breakfast discussion during the World Health Assembly

Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis - two sides of the same coin

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide – one in five deaths is due to sepsis – and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effectiveness of life-saving treatmen...

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The E-Commerce Moratorium: 404 Not Found

With days to go before the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization is set to begin, the renewal of the Moratorium has now turned into a highly politicised issue....

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The 154th Meeting of the WHO Executive Board

Significant progress was made at the 154th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Developments in Geneva based international organisations from October to December 2023

Russia’s aggression on Ukraine already presented a major challenge for the UN. However, the terror attack by Hamas on Israel on the 7th of October 2023 and Israel’s military strike ...

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„Das wichtigste Dokument des Jahrhunderts”

December 10 is a day in history. A day with a special meaning. A day that has relevance around the world.

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Multipod: WHO macht Fortschritte bei internationalen Gesundheitsvorschriften

Die Covid-Pandemie hat auch auf internationaler Ebene Folgen. Erfahren Sie, wie die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) und ihre Mitgliedstaaten sich besser für die Zukunft wappnen.

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Multipod: Wie können Frauenrechte im Gesundheitssektor gestärkt werden?

Erfahren Sie mehr über die Herausforderungen von Frauen, Ihr Recht auf Gesundheit einzufordern.

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Norbert Lammert on the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"Human rights are not laws of nature. [...], they must be protected & defended by people who take the claim to the inviolability of human dignity seriously".

Multipod: Review of Germany in the UPR

Multipod: Human rights protection starts at home. Germany in the UPR

On 9th November 2023, the United Nation's Human Rights Council discussed the human rights situation in Germany

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Geneva Security Debate zum Krieg in der Ukraine

Prof. Dr. Lammert, Botschafter Dr. Heusgen und Botschafter Greminger zu den Auswirkungen des Krieges in der Ukraine auf den Multilateralismus und die Weltordnung

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Dialogprogramm des Arbeitskreises Globale Gesundheit der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Genf

Erfahren Sie mehr über die Delegationsreise zu aktuellen Herausforderungen im Bereich Globale Gesundheit vom 7-9. Juni

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"Health conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" - Votes of the 77th WHA

Map of the Month 05/2024

At the 77th world health assembly and upon Israel‘s request the decision A77/B/CONF./1 on “Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including  East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan” should be supplemented by one point: the unconditional, immediate release of the hostages from October 7, 2023 and condemnation of the  use of health facilities by armed groups. The amendment was adopted by the World Health Assembly with 50 votes in favor, 44 member states voted against, 31 abstained and 52 were absent at the time of the vote. 17 countries were not entitled to vote. Egypt then announced its intention to withdraw the original draft decision. However, as this withdrawal requires the consent  of the proposer of the amendment (Israel), the Member States withdrew for consultations. The final decision was postponed.

Resolution der UN-Generalversammlung zu künstlicher Intelligenz (KI)

Map of the Month 04/2024

On March 21, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on "safe, secure and trustworthy" artificial intelligence (AI). Among other things, the resolution emphasizes the respect, protection and promotion of human rights in the design and application of AI. The draft resolution was co-sponsored by 123 members and adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly. The resolution is the first stand-alone General Assembly resolution on AI and reinforces existing efforts by UN organizations, such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and international processes, such as the UN Global Digital Pact announced for September 2024. The unity of the UN members underlines the globally recognized potential of AI, especially in terms of international development, the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and global cooperation.

Key votes during the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Map of the Month 03/2024

The 55th UN Human Rights Council met from 26 February to 5 April 2024, making it the longest Council session to date. A total of 33 resolutions were adopted, comparatively fewer than in the previous year. This again included numerous country mandates. Among others, the fact-finding mission on Iran was extended, which was set up at the instigation of Germany and Iceland in November 2022 following the death of Mahsa Amini. It came to the conclusion that the subsequent repression of the nationwide protests under the slogan "Women, Life, Freedom" and the pervasive institutional discrimination against women and girls may amount to crimes against humanity. The International Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression was also extended. In its latest report, the group focused on evidence on torture against Ukrainian prisoners of wars and concerning the unlawful transfer of children to areas under Russian control. Moreover, a group of three independent experts was mandated for the first time to further investigate the human rights situation in Belarus. The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan was also extended. And a historic resolution on the rights of intersex people was adopted. However, the spring session focused mainly on the war in Gaza. Among others, a resolution on accountability was adopted, which calls for an immediate ceasefire, the cessation of the sale, transfer and diversion of arms, munition and other military equipment to Israel as well as for a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. The text was criticised by Germany and the USA in particular, as although it calls for the immediate release of all hostages, Hamas itself is not mentioned.

Advancing Global Health: Insights from the 154th WHO Executive Board Meeting

Map of the Month 02/2024

Mapping Multilateral Progress on Climate Change, Antimicrobial Resistance, and National Action Plans: The latest developments from the WHO Executive Board meeting can be discovered with our three insightful maps. From addressing the intersection of climate change and health to accelerating responses to antimicrobial resistance, delve into the collective efforts of member states in shaping global health policies.

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