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Hello, this is Kasmira. As the Human Rights Council kicks off today, new analysis by two African NGOs shows growing division over Africa-focused resolutions.

Nuclear-armed states are relying more again on their atomic arsenals for deterrence, as nuclear weapons spending surged in 2023. And a UN audit has revealed some significant loopholes in its financial disclosure requirements.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Sudanese supporters of the Sudanese armed popular resistance, which backs the army, ride on trucks in Gedaref on 3 March 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in Sudan between the army and paramilitaries. (Keystone/AFP)

🗳️UN rights body increasingly at odds over Africa resolutions. Resolutions addressing human rights in African countries are becoming more contentious at the UN rights body, in a sign of geopolitical divisions and fractured relations between member states, a new report published on Monday shows.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

↕️Nukes spending rises amid growing global tensions — studies. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) found that nine countries spent 33 per cent more on their nuclear arsenals in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Deutsche Welle (EN)

💸UN audit shows billions of dollars not included in conflict of interest reporting. An audit from the UN Office of Internal Oversight found that staff managing large sums of funding are not required to participate in the financial disclosure programme.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

👩🏽‍🤝‍👩🏻Prostitution: Righting a wrong at the UN. Reem Alsalem, UN special rapporteur on violence against women and girls, rejects the term ‘sex work’ saying that it “wrongly depicts prostitution as an activity as worthy and dignified as any other work”, in a study to be presented at the Human Right Council on Friday.

PassBlue (EN)

🫱🏽‍🫲🏻Taliban agree to attend UN-hosted 3rd Doha meeting on Afghanistan. The UN said the meeting will aim to increase engagement with the de facto authority in a “more coherent, coordinated and structured manner”.

Voice of America (EN)

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