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Hello, I’m Ben from The New Humanitarian, the Geneva-based non-profit newsroom covering humanitarian crises and conflicts and a proud partner of Geneva Solutions.

Just a note that next week, on Tuesday 1 September, The New Humanitarian will be live to discuss our coverage with the Geneva Solutions editorial director Serge Michel as part of a webcast series for the launch.

This morning we get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of efforts by a Geneva-based private diplomacy organisation to reach a ceasefire in Libya’s civil war, take a look at the law of cyberwar, and hear how indigenous communities deal with disasters like COVID-19.

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Ben Parker


Today’s reason for hope

Finding a path to peace in Libya, with Zoom and lots of tea. Last Friday’s call by Libya’s internationally recognized government and the head of a rival group for a ceasefire in the country’s latest conflict made no mention of the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Which is just what Felix Tusa, a project manager for the group, which works on Libya, prefers.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Ongoing matters

Tests indicate Alexei Navalny was poisoned, says German clinic. The statement by Charité hospital in Berlin was the first medical corroboration of a poisoning attack on Navalny and marked him as likely the latest Kremlin opponent to face an attempt on his life. According to the clinic, Navalny is in serious condition but “there is currently no acute danger to his life”.


Hong Kong reports 'first case' of virus reinfection. Scientists are reporting the case of a healthy man in his 30s who became reinfected with coronavirus four and a half months after his first bout. They say genome sequencing shows the two strains of the virus are "clearly different", making it the world's first proven case of reinfection.


Selective abortion in India could lead to 6.8m fewer girls being born by 2030. New study shows preference for a son is highest in north of country with Uttar Pradesh having highest deficit in female births.

The Guardian (EN)

Peace and Humanitarian news

Artwork of the day

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UNHCR / Nesime

An Afghan girl was one of the winners of an art competition run by the UN Refugee Agency. Nesime, 16, said: “I now live in Greece. People have an image of me in their minds, but I am who I am.” Nesime’s winning artwork, titled “Fighting the virus and stereotypes”, was made into an animation by UNHCR, along with other winning entries.

Next on the agenda

25 August (5:30 pm) | Online: Geneva Cities Hub opens doors. A new platform that facilitates relations between urban actors, cities, and city networks around the world and International Geneva is launching this afternoon.

Geneva Cities Hub (EN)

27 August (6:15 pm) | Movie screening: “The Remnants”. Half a century after the Vietnam War, Laos remains heavily contaminated by explosive devices. As Switzerland assumes the presidency of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, this screening is an opportunity to discuss these treacherous weapons. Despite the ban the use of cluster munitions has recently been reported in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

GICHD and Swiss Confederation (EN)

1 September (8:00 am) | Digital Launch of the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action. Organised by the ICRC to mark the new edition of its handbook, this all-day digital event includes panels on COVID-19 contact tracing, blockchain, and digital ID.

International Committee of the Red Cross (EN)

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