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The 10th meeting of the negotiating body on the pandemic accord

The intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) on the pandemic agreement met for the 10th time on July 16 and 17, 2024 to plan further negotiations.

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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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Genfer Großwetterlage

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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Neue Folge des Podcasts Multipod

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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Neue Folge des Podcasts Multipod

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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Statement

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

Delegationsreise

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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Participants of the Joint Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development

Map of the Month 09/2023

On 6 July - after approximately six years of negotiations - 114 WTO members successfully concluded negotiations on the Joint Statement on Investment Facilitation for Sustainable Development (JS on IFD). The aim of the statement is to provide greater transparency and attract higher and better quality investment while taking the needs of developing countries into account. Members hope to conclude a WTO agreement on the matter and are actively reaching out to Members who did not take part in the Joint Statement negotiations, especially in light of the upcoming 13th WTO Ministerial Conference.

Donor and Recipient countries and progress of appeals Humanitarian aid worldwide until mid-2023

Map of the Month 08/2023

As of 19 August, World Humanitarian Day, only 26.9% of the required funds for 2023 have been received, which are channeled through UN agencies, funds, NGOs and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. With 8.7 billion USD, the USA is by far the largest donor, followed by the European Commission and Germany. China contributes 0.0013% of the US amount and as the second largest economy behind the US only 0.00002% of its GDP. The largest donors in relation to the GDP are Sweden, Honduras and Sierra Leone. Ukraine is currently the largest recipient with USD 2.1 billion, followed by Syria, Yemen and Ethiopia.

Urgent debate on Quran burning and key votes at 53rd UN Human Rights Council

Map of the Month 07/2023

During an urgent debate of the UN Human Rights Council on July 11-12, a resolution on the recent Quran burning in Sweden was adopted with 28 votes in favour, 12 against, and 7 abstentions, after Belgium called for a vote on behalf of the EU states who are members of the Council. Pakistan had introduced the resolution on behalf of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It calls on states to adopt laws, policies, and law enforcement frameworks, among other things, and to take steps to ensure accountability. States voting against the resolution pointed to the high threshold to restrict the right to freedom of expression under Article 20(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and recalled the consensus reached around resolution 16/18 in 2011. General blasphemy laws were incompatible with the ICCPR. Among the 30 resolutions adopted at the 53rd UN Human Rights Council was i.a. a text on the right to development, again tabled by China, which, according to the EU, takes a development-based approach to human rights instead of a human rights-based approach to development. The Council also extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus and the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea. In addition, the OHCHR was mandated to report on their work in Ukraine at each Council session. The situation in Afghanistan was discussed as well. According to Special Rapporteur Bennet, it was the worst in the world for women and girls, who suffered gender-based persecution that amounted to crimes against humanity and could even be characterized as "gender apartheid". 58 states had signed a joint statement condemning the situation at the June meeting (compared to 73 in March).

Equity and sources for pandemic preparedness financing

Map of the Month 07/2023

To underscore their demands for equity in the pandemic agreement, 19 WHO Member States joined together to form the Group for Equity. The Group for Equity currently includes Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand. The founding financial members of the Pandemic Fund are: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United States. In addition, the European Commission, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Wellcome Trust are among the founding donor. Subsequently, France, India, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom were added to the list. In total, more than $1.6 billion in financial contributions have been pledged to date. It is unusual that countries in Southeast Asia in particular are also acting as donor countries.

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The 10th meeting of the negotiating body on the pandemic accord

The intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) on the pandemic agreement met for the 10th time on July 16 and 17, 2024 to plan further negotiations.

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