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Good morning. In today’s coverage: UNRWA’s Philippe Lazzarini reports back on his visit to Gaza, the former UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet recounts her fight for human rights, and an emergency meeting on Friday could determine the fate of a much talked about loss and damage fund ahead of the Cop28 climate summit next month.

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Philippe Lazzarini, commissioner general, UNRWA, speaking at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, 30 October 2023. (UN Photo)

🇺🇳 UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini: ‘The situation in Gaza is unsustainable’. The head of the UN agency went to Gaza on Wednesday. He describes a bombed enclave where any "civil order" threatens to collapse and make the situation even more uncontrollable.

Le Temps (FR)

🎧 Michelle Bachelet’s fight for human rights. Podcast show Inside Geneva speaks to the former UN human rights chief as part of a series of interviews marking the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of all those who have held the job.

Swissinfo (EN)

💰 Last chance saloon for loss and damage fund. Countries have a final chance to make progress on loss and damage funding before December’s pivotal Cop28 climate summit – or risk another year of delays that could deepen global mistrust, a leading negotiator warns.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

🇸🇩 Disease outbreaks rise in Sudan as health system breaks down. The WHO warns that disease outbreaks, malnutrition and non-communicable diseases are rising in war-torn Sudan, with devastating consequences for millions of people.

Voice of America (EN)

💻 Global leaders warn AI could cause ‘catastrophic’ harm. At a UK summit, 28 governments, including China and the U.S., signed a declaration agreeing to cooperate on evaluating the risks of artificial intelligence. Read Geneva Solutions' recent piece on the risks as well as opportunities of AI for multilateral diplomacy.

New York Times (EN)

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