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Good morning, this is Paula. The WTO became the latest organisation to join forces with the world football body, Fifa, hosting a star-filled event to promote women in the football economy. Or was that what it was really about?

A top UN official heads to Moscow for talks this week as uncertainty over the survival of the Black Sea grain deal swells. And Pakistan says it will host a trilateral meeting on Afghanistan with China and a Taliban official next week, just as the UN wraps up a two-day meeting on how to deal with Kabul’s rulers – in their absence.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


On our radar

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French footballer Didier Drogba, Fifa president Gianni Infantino, German footballer Anja Mittag and WTO president unveiling the 2023 Women's World Cup award at WTO headquarters, 1 May 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

With WTO, Fifa scores one more in Geneva. Six months after the controversial World Cup in Qatar, Fifa returned to Geneva to present a new partnership with the WTO at a star-filled event. On Monday the heads of the two organisations met to talk about how to make “trade score for women” particularly in developing countries. But some wondered about the substance of the alliance and who was really scoring in the deal.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening

In numbers

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That’s the percentage of UN Sustainable Development Goals that are on track to meet the 2030 deadline. According to a UN assessment, progress on half of the goals, which include eradicating hunger and poverty, is “weak”, while for nearly a third of them, progress has either remained unchanged or declined, compared to when they were first whisked up in 2015. SDGs relating to more sustainable consumption patterns and to the sustainable management of sea and land-based resources are the ones where greater progress has been measured, although the UN said that patchy data meant the picture remained “incomplete”.

Quartz (EN)

Out on the town

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Take one by the Italian mission to the UN, to promote its bid for the World Expo 2030 in Rome, September 2022. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

Expo-lobbying in Geneva. Half way through the plan, the Sustainable Development Goals were the focus of soft diplomacy in Geneva last Wednesday. Italy’s permanent mission to the UN brought the country’s campaigning for the 2030 World Expo to the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization, which included dining and wining influential diplomats.

Feeding off of growing concerns regarding the costly lengths hosts would go to welcome the quinquennial event, often involving mounting ephemeral infrastructure, Rome is promoting a SDG-themed expo. In November, member states will have to decide between the eternal city and the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Busan in South Korea and Ukraine’s Black Sea city of Odesa in a vote at the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIU).

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