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Good morning, this is Kasmira, and today Myanmar and North Korea will be the focus of the Human Rights Council as UN experts present their reports on the deteriorating human rights situations in both countries. The Myanmar report comes as the US yesterday ruled Myanmar's military committed genocide against the Rohingyas.

We’re also keeping watch this week of activities over at the IPCC, which will be putting the finishing touches to its sixth report, devoted to solutions to fight against global warming. And capping the week, the ILO will be voting on a new chief to take the helm.

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🍃 IPCC puts the finishing touches to its 6th report. The IPCC will meet virtually over the next fortnight to put the final touches to the third part of the body's sixth report, devoted to solutions to fight against global warming. It has already delivered two of the three chapters of its sixth report. The first focused on the physical foundations of climate change and the second, published a little less than a month ago, explicitly recognising for the first time, the humanitarian implications of rising temperatures.

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🏁 ILO leadership race nears the finish line. A new director general will be elected on Friday to take over the reins at the UN agency, which oversees key issues in the world of work. The five candidates are Gilbert Houngbo of Togo, Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea, Mthunzi Mdwaba of South Africa, Muriel Pénicaud of France and Greg Vines of Australia. The winning candidate is decided on by the ILO’s 56-member governing body composed of workers, governments and employers – the three groups that make up the ILO’s unique tripartite structure. Catch up on our interview with Houngbo, one of the frontrunnners, last week.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🇺🇳 Myanmar, Korea in spotlight at Human Rights Council. The special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, will present his report on Monday on the latest developments in the country as the military continues its crackdown on civilians, journalists and protesters and any other opponents of its rule. The UN expert calls in his report for a Security Council resolution to stop the sale of arms by UN member states to the military. Entering its fourth week, the Human Rights Council will also hear a report by the special rapporteur to North Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana on the deteriorating rights situation in the country. North Korea is opposed to the UN mandate and Quintana said he has only had the chance to speak to members of the Workers’ Party once over the last six years.


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📌 21 March | Prize-giving ceremony 2022, Fondation Pour Geneve. Just back from a visit to Ukraine, ICRC President Peter Maurer, will be awarded the Fondation Pour Geneve’s annual prize this evening for his “exceptional contribution to the influence of Geneva”. The ceremony, taking place at the Victoria Hall, will also feature a dialogue between Maurer and Bertrand Piccard, president of the Solar Impulse Foundation, on conflicts and climate crisis and the challenges facing humanitarianism in the 21st century.

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