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Good morning, this is Michelle. Tech will shape our societies in more ways than we can probably prepare for. In Geneva, efforts are already underway to prepare for the most pressing challenges. Here are some of the trends to watch this year.

On this week’s agenda, the network tasked with helping countries implement the global compact on migration has its annual meeting. And a UN committee will issue its final recommendations to Russia following an intense Q&A session, which we covered last week.

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Ameca, one of the world's most lifelike humanoid robots, speaks during the world's first press conference with a panel of AI-enabled humanoid social robots at ITU’s AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, 7 July 2023. (Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

AI and digital trends for Geneva in 2024 and beyond. The impact of AI and digital geopolitics on international Geneva will be significant in 2024 and beyond. Geneva's reaction to tech developments will require a mix of sprint and marathon. The sprint must address artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and e-commerce policy issues and crises immediately, while the marathon should foster in-depth reflections on the ways technology impacts our core values, writes DiploFoundation’s Jovan Kurbalija.

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What to watch this week

MIGRATION WEEK. On the heels of last week’s Global Forum on Migration and Development, focusing particularly on climate and displacement, Amy Pope, the head of the International Organization on Migration (IOM), will open the Fifth Annual Meeting of the UN Network on Migration, to welcome agency, government and NGO reps.

💸Cash needed. IOM’s first global appeal for $7.9 billion to help migrants last week came as growing numbers of people are being displaced by the effects of climate change, conflict and poverty following Covid-19 and rising inflation. But the migration network faces challenges as it strives to implement the Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, which the United States has opposed.

RIGHTS COMMITTEES. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will kick off a two-week session to review the Central African Republic, Djibouti, Greece, Italy, Niger, Oman, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

♀️Italian reckoning. The killing in November of an engineering student by her boyfriend, the 102nd femicide in Italy in 2023, refocused attention on waning government support for women victims of violence and the rising polarisation in discussions over gender in the country.

🇷🇺Awaited conclusions. On Friday, the Committee on the Rights of the Child will issue recommendations to several countries it just examined, including Russia, which was grilled over the illegal transfer of children from areas it occupied in Ukraine.

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