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Good morning, this is Michelle. The ICRC’s announcement earlier this month that it would make deep cuts to its 2023 budget put the spotlight on an aid sector struggling from the economic fallout of Covid and the war in Ukraine. We asked young people who aspire to be the humanitarian workforce of tomorrow how this affects their plans.

In other news from Geneva, Qatar’s promises to improve human rights in the country after the World Cup to appease the international community have not been fully kept, and El Salvador’s war on gangs has the UN worried.

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Michelle Langrand


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Youth Humanitarian Summit in Zurich, 25 March 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Irene Velicer)

Young humanitarians juggle interest versus engagement amid sector’s funding crisis. Last weekend, students and young professionals met with large and small aid organisations in Zurich at a youth conference organised by the Swiss-based Circle of Young Humanitarians. The event, sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), took place as aid groups are increasingly challenged by budgetary gaps.

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Russia-Ukraine war: what are the risks of escalation? One year since Russia invaded Ukraine, could the war extend beyond the country’s borders and should Vladimir Putin’s threats of using nuclear weapons be taken seriously? What does the future look like for Ukrainians who have fled the violence?

Geneva Solutions, in partnership with Le Temps and the Geneva Press Club, will debate these questions with Ukrainian ambassador to Switzerland Iryna Venediktova, the assistant high commissioner for protection with the UN Refugee Agency Gillian Triggs and other high-level experts and civil society actors at a panel on 4 April at Domaine de Penthes in Geneva.

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