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Hello, this is Kasmira, editor-in-chief of Geneva Solutions, with our last newsletter of 2020! We’ll be back here again on Tuesday 5 January.

Until then, we leave you with a pick of some of your favourite articles since our launch this summer, including an upbeat series on health and environmental solutions in Africa, what peace means for a survivor of genocide, and brokering peace talks in Libya with Zoom and tea.

A huge thank you to all of our readers for your support these first months, do get in touch with your feedback, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!

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Kasmira Jefford, Geneva

23.12.2020


Your top GS News articles of 2020


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11 African solutions for the future world. In this enterprising series about Africa, journalist Morgane Le Cam steers away from the usual narrative of suffering that so often preoccupies the Western press and instead shares 10 stories of action and hope across the continent.

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Peter Maurer on the climate emergency, new funding and the decarbonisation of the ICRC. The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross talks to Geneva Solutions about some of the extreme events his organisation is witnessing related to environmental change and why greater solidarity is in the interest of all.

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Finding a path to peace in Libya, with Zoom and lots of tea. The Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, which played a key role earlier this year in brokering peace talks in Libya, describes what it was like mediating in the time of Covid-19 and why a cup of tea over a Zoom call can be as effective as sitting in a hotel conference room.

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The imperative of a new multilateralism – enhanced by science. Covid-19 has reinforced the need for a renewed and more effective multilateralism, says Michael Møller, the former head of the United Nations office in Geneva and chairman of GESDA's Diplomacy Forum.

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What peace means to a survivor of genocide. Adiba Qasim was 19 when the so-called Islamic State (IS) attacked her village in Sinjar, Northern Iraq, in 2014, forcing thousands of Yazidis to flee. Now a human rights activist, Qasim describes her life since that day and what peace means to her.

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Turning six impact funds into a $500m opportunity for sustainable development. What do you get when you combine four UN agencies, an international NGO, and an alliance of 30 African states? Bamboo Capital Partners' founder Jean-Philippe de Schrevel tells Geneva Solutions how he came up with the idea to create a $500m investment platform for sustainable development.

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What if Geneva became the leader in global digital policy? Law Professor Jacques de Werra, and director of the Digital Law Center at the University of Geneva shares his insights on the geographical fragmentation of the internet and at impact on governance rules.

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The WHO’s suppression of an independent report on Italy’s Covid-19 pandemic response sets a dangerous precedent for other sensitive investigations underway into the pandemic and the origins of the SARS-CoV2 virus, critics say. This in-depth account shines a light on what happened behind the scenes.

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Irène Challand on creating a healthy public media for a healthy society. Public services in all countries face the need to reinvent themselves to maximise their usefulness to society, says the broadcaster and media executive, who currently serves as head of public value at Swiss broadcaster SSR-SRG.

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🎧 The Geneva Solutions podcast | In conversation with Lottie Cunningham Wren Against all odds, human rights defender Lottie Cunningham has spent 20 years fighting for indigenous rights in Nicaragua and protecting the environment. In the latest Geneva Solutions podcast, Cunningham talks about her life-long commitment and living under the fear of death threats.

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