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Hi, this is Michelle. New data from the UN’s weather agency adds weight to the atmosphere ahead of climate talks in Dubai.

Trade chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has a suggestion as to how countries can get around the thorny issue of intellectual property rights and health. And the UN’s aid chief was in Geneva yesterday with a message for Israel.

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Michelle Langrand


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🏭 Climate-heating gases reach record highs, UN reports. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose in 2022 to levels not seen in three to five million years, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

The Guardian (EN)

💊 As climate crises loom, WTO head urges developing countries to prepare to use TRIPS flexibilities. The world trade body’s agreement on intellectual property rights allows for certain exceptions to patent rights to address public health needs.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

🚧 UN aid chief implores Israel to open Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza. Martin Griffiths said the crossing, which used to carry 60 per cent of truckloads into Gaza prior to the escalation of the conflict, is a key part of a 10-point plan the UN has to provide humanitarian aid to the Strip.

Reuters (EN)

🗣️ Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: the UN ‘is not there to become friendly with member states’. The former UN human rights commissioner, who held the post from 2014 to 2018, says that to be taken seriously, the UN needs to be blunt.

Swissinfo (EN)

🍲 UN warns that food aid running out for Sudanese refugees in Chad. The World Food Programme said that by December, it wouldn't be able to provide meals to over half a million people who have fled the war in Sudan.

Reuters (EN)

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