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Good morning, this is Michelle. Virtual reality has begun to permeate our lives, from shopping to games to even as we undergo surgical procedures.

But as international organisations plunge into the metaverse, perhaps the day when we will hear climate alarms from Guterres’s avatar in a virtual conference hall is closer than we think.

Back in the real world, diplomats will continue to meet at the Palais des Nations, with several key reports on human rights crises in Africa to be presented, while UN health and environment officials meet to discuss how to tackle future health threats.

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Michelle Langrand


On our radar

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Man with VR headset (Unsplash)

International Geneva zooming into the metaverse. Already used by many businesses, the metaverse has also come onto International Geneva’s radar, both in regulating the virtual tool and in using it to enhance its own operations. While a Global Digital Compact is being worked on and discussed by UN agencies ahead of next year’s Summit of the Future in New York, agencies and NGOs are embracing the technology for training and communications.

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What to watch this week

🌍Human rights crises in Africa will be under the spotlight this week as the Human Rights Council discusses the critical situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Mali.

🐦The UN joint body for one health will meet on Monday and Tuesday to discuss progress in preparing for or averting future health threats by understanding the links between animal, human and environmental health. The initiative was launched in October by the UN agencies specialised in global health, the environment, animal health, and food and agriculture.

In case you missed it

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Syrian Arab Red Crescent in cooperation with the ICRC and the UN deliver aid to rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in Syria in 2018. (Keystone/EPA/Mohammed Badra)

ICRC staff call for audit amid financial crisis. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) went into official crisis management mode last week. The organisation decided to cut its budget by CHF440 million due to deep funding shortfalls, only three months after adopting the highest budget in its history, at CHF2.79 billion. Stunned employees called for an audit of a budget that ballooned over the last decade.

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Also on the agenda

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