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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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76th World Health Assembly

Map of the Month 05/2023

The 76th World Health Assembly voted on 24 May on a proposed resolution by Ukraine and 42 supporting states entitled "Health emergency in Ukraine and refugee-receiving and -hosting countries, stemming from the Russian Federation’s aggression". Among other things, the text calls for an immediate end to Russian attacks on health facilities. Out of 177 members entitled to vote, 80 voted in favour and 9 against this resolution. Two days later, under pressure from Russia, the 10 new candidates for the Executive Board had to be voted on by secret ballot for the first time in the history of the WHO, as Russia contested the election proposal of its own WHO region because of Ukraine's nomination. The vote was clear: 123 Member States voted for the list of candidates (6 invalid votes and 48 abstentions or absences). A vote on individual candidates was not WHO-constitutional, to Russia's disappointment. Finally, Director General, Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus, filled the positions of his management team that were still open in his second term.

36th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Sudan

Map of the Month 05/2023

The UN Human Rights Council during its 36th Special Session on 11 May, decided with 18 votes in favour, 15 against and 14 abstentions to strengthen the mandate of the High Commissioner’s designated Expert on Sudan. He is asked to monitor and document all allegations of human rights violations and abuses since 25 October 2021, including those arising directly from the current conflict with a specific focus on prevention of further such violations and abuses from occurring. The UK, the USA, Germany and Norway with support of 16 other Council Members and 36 Observer States called for the convening of the Session. Sudan had opposed the convening of the Session and called for a vote.

Least-developed countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Map of the Month 05/2023

Currently, 46 countries worldwide are classified as Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This status allows the designated countries to obtain concessions, preferential market access and technical assistance, particularly in the area of trade. The LDC negotiating group at the WTO regularly calls for more flexibility and longer transition periods of trade facilitation for countries which successfully graduated from the LDC status or are on the verge of graduating.

Central Vote of the 52nd UN Human Rights Council

Map of the Month 04/2023

At 14 weeks, the 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva was the longest session since the creation of the Council. 43 resolutions on country situations, including Myanmar, South Sudan, Nicaragua, Mali, Libya, the People's Republic of Korea or Belarus, as well as on various topics, including freedom of belief or the new right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, were considered. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine also presented its report. The body found evidence that shows that Russian authorities have committed a wide range of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, many of which amount to war crimes. In addition, attacks by Russian armed forces on Ukraine’s energy-related infrastructure and the use of torture by Russian authorities may amount to crimes against humanity. The extension of the commission for another year was adopted with 28 votes in favour, 2 against and 19 abstentions, after China and Eritrea called for a vote and voted against.

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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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