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Hi, this is Michelle. The first days of climate talks in Dubai have already delivered as many victories as controversies. The first health day in Cop history wasn’t spared by the irony.

Back in Geneva, the war in Gaza is keeping everyone busy, with an emergency debate on the health crisis in the enclave slated for the end of the week.

Plus, Medecins sans Frontières is blaming Israel for an attack on a “clearly identified” humanitarian convoy. The boss of the humanitarian group, which has already lost four of its staff in Gaza, has asked the UN’s Security Council to “help stop the bloodshed”.

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Michelle Langrand


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People walk through the Cop28 climate summit, 4 December 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Keystone/AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

🏭 First-ever Cop28 health day unfolds amidst uproar over Cop president's fossil fuel remarks. Calls to ditch fossil fuels from some global leaders on Sunday were contrasted by leaked comments by Sultan Al Jaber that there is “no science” supporting the need to phase out fossil fuels.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

🚑 WHO board to hold emergency meeting on Gaza health situation. At the request of 15 member states, the UN health agency’s executive body will discuss on Sunday getting more medical aid to besieged Gaza and the West Bank as well as attacks on the health sector in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Reuters (EN)

🪖 Israel responsible for November convoy attack in Gaza, says Doctors Without Borders. The humanitarian organisation said “all elements” indicated that Israeli forces attacked “clearly identified MSF cars”, killing two of its staff members. It is calling for an independent investigation.

Anadolu Agency (EN)

♀️ UN Women, caving to pressure, condemns Hamas and calls for investigating alleged sex abuse. The statement follows a fierce social campaign accusing the agency of ignoring acts of gender violence committed against Jewish women during the 7 October attack.

PassBlue (EN)

🚫 Red Cross suspends Belarus’ membership over Ukrainian child transfers. The national society has lost its member rights after its chief boasted in TV about actively transferring Ukrainian children from Russian-controlled territories to Belarus.

Swissinfo (EN)

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