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Country Reports

Geneva Barometer

by Dr. Olaf Wientzek, Sarah Ultes, Cedric Amon, Rosa Ann Seidler

Developments in the Geneva-based international organisations from the end of July 2022 to mid-October 2022

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

Rarely has the density of politically tense votes in Geneva-based multilateral organisations been as high as in recent weeks. The Xinjiang report by the office of the outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights sent waves, but Russia continues to be in the spotlight in many fora, including in the Human Rights Council. It is clear what unequal partners Russia and China have become in their influence among international organisations in Geneva. The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union laid out important plans in terms of personnel and content. Meanwhile, day-to-day business continued: WTO is trying to leverage the momentum of the ministerial conference but is facing old challenges. At the WHO, talks on a future pandemic agreement are taking shape. Various actors from the humanitarian sector gave sobering assessments about the current situation.

Read the full report here.


Dr. Olaf Wientzek

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Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva

olaf.wientzek@kas.de +41 22 748 70 70

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