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Good morning, this is Kasmira. The World Intellectual Property Organization on Friday launched a new platform to help artists protect and learn about their rights. We caught up with the legendary Abba songwriter Björn Ulvaeus, who has also been behind the project, about why AI could be the next dangerous frontier for those rights.

Looking ahead to this week, expect the flurry of climate reports to continue as the UN’s climate summit in Dubai nears. And we also have an opinion piece by one of MSF’s experts on why calling the situation in Gaza a “humanitarian crisis” doesn’t feel right for those responding to the situation on the ground.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus with WIPO director general Daren Tang at the launch of Clip in Geneva, 17 November 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Kasmira Jefford)

🎹 WIPO helps musicians get the record straight on their rights. A digital platform launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and a foundation backed by Abba legend Björn Ulvaeus wants to help musicians and other artists debunk the legal jargon around getting paid and credited for their work.

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Opinion of the day

💭 Are we using the right terms to describe the situation in Gaza? Defining a situation in legal terms may not be within the purview of an aid organisation, but Françoise Duroch of Médecins Sans Frontières says simply calling the situation in Gaza a “humanitarian crisis” doesn’t feel right for those responding to the mounting needs of besieged Palestinians.

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What to watch this week

📚‘Tis the season of climate reports. With less than two weeks to go before the start of the Cop28 climate talks, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) releases today its annual emissions gap report, showing where they are heading versus where they should be to keep global temperature rise within 1.5°C above pre-Industrial times.

This year’s report will also focus on carbon capture, a controversial means of cutting emissions that the Cop28 host, the United Arab Emirates, is expected to promote. It will also discuss energy transitions in developing countries. Earlier in the month Unep published a report showing how government policies are lagging on their climate commitments.

Sadly on emissions, the World Meteorological Organization last week already reported that the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere had reached new levels. “Despite decades of warnings from the scientific community, thousands of pages of reports and dozens of climate conferences, we are still heading in the wrong direction,” WMO’s chief, Petteri Talaas said.

🇵🇸Palestine aid board meets. As Unrwa, the biggest provider of aid to Gaza, struggles to respond to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the enclave, its advisory commission is expected to meet in Jordan’s capital, Amman, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since July, the commission – made up of 29 member states – is chaired by Julieta Valls Noyes of the United States, which last year was the biggest funder of the agency, four years after President Donald Trump cut support.

The meeting comes a week after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for extended “humanitarian pauses” in the Gaza Strip. Last week, Unrwa’s chief, Philippe Lazzarini, said its operations were nearing collapse as fuel needed for basic necessities and delivery of aid. Only a fraction of needed aid has entered the Palestinian territory since 7 October.

Also on the agenda

  • 📌 20-24 November | Human rights week. Events organised by the University of Geneva will include a lecture by Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a discussion on the Israel-Palestine conflict, art and dance focussing on human rights themes and a talk with a Martin Ennals prize winner, on freedom of expression in Turkmenistan.
    University of Geneva (FR)
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    A climate change rally in San Francisco, 2019. (Unsplash/Li-An Lim)

  • 📌 28 November | What to expect from COP28? COP28, the 28th edition of the UN’s international climate meeting, takes place from 30 November to 12 December in Dubai. Finance, health, human rights, fossil fuels: what are the main issues? Can we expect significant progress, or are COPs only "greenwashing" machines, according to Greta Thunberg? Will the launch of the "loss and damage" fund in support of vulnerable countries be launched with substantial pledges from nations as planned? The summit will be the first conference to explicitly examine the link between climate change and global health trends: with what possible conclusions? Join journalists from Geneva Solutions and Health Policy Watch, as well as climate policy experts from CIEL and the Climate Vulnerable Forum, for this lunchtime debate.
    Geneva Press Club (FR)
  • For more events, visit the Genève Internationale website.

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7-8 December | Geneva Graduate Institute launches Upskill series. The Geneva Graduate Institute has launched the Upskill Series as part of its Executive Education offer, with a short course on Artificial Intelligence: A Strategic Asset for Diplomacy and Organisations that will take place on 7 and 8 December 2023 in Geneva.

This two-day course, developed by Jérôme Duberry, managing director of the Tech Hub and academic advisor of its Executive Programme on Diplomacy, Negotiation and Policy, gives you a deep understanding of AI and how to harness its power for diplomacy and organisations.

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