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Hello, this is Kasmira. After mass job cuts at the ICRC, former staff members voice their shock at finding themselves without any social safety net in Switzerland.

A Trump victory in the US elections would have major consequences for multilateral institutions in Geneva. Among them, a heavy-hitting tariff plan on Chinese imports could spell bad news for the WTO. And the UN's aid chief makes a plea to Switzerland to do more to promote peace.

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International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva (Torbjorn Toby Jorgensen)

✂️Dismissed ICRC colleagues express anger over missing out on social protection. Ex-ICRC employees find themselves without any social safety net in Switzerland as a result of recent widespread cuts at the humanitarian organisation.

Tribune de Genève (paywall) (FR)

🏗️Trump's China tariff plan would be the death of the WTO. Donald Trump has indicated his intention to impose a 60 per cent tariff on all imports from China if he recaptures the presidency, which would stretch the spirit, if not the letter, of WTO rules beyond the breaking point, writes Stephen Olson, senior adjunct fellow with the Pacific Forum, a foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Nikkei Asia (EN)

😷Delivering the pandemic accord the world needs. In this letter addressed to WHO member states, former leaders and health ambassadors including Gordon Brown and Helen Clarke urge national leaders to complete negotiations on an effective, multisectoral, and multilateral agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response in time for the 77th World Health Assembly in May.

Project Syndicate (EN)

📈Behind the numbers: Gaza’s unprecedented aid worker death toll. As of 20 March, at least 196 humanitarians have been killed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since October 2023, according to figures compiled by the Aid Worker Security Database (AWDS) – the aid community’s main source for tracking attacks on aid workers. Data for 2023 and 2024 is not yet finalised, and the numbers are likely to rise, researchers say.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

🕊️UN aid chief urges Switzerland to do more to promote peace. Martin Griffiths, the UN's top emergency responder, called on Switzerland to get more involved in international dialogue. He said the country "stands for the humanitarian hub in Geneva, for global operations. We need this Switzerland now, we need it more than ever."

Tages-Anzeiger (DE)

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