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Hi, this Gabriela. The World Health Organisation wrapped up its annual assembly. While director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cheered “historic” progress done on issues like funding, he also urged countries to not let a “generational opportunity” slip through their fingers, as progress on the pandemic accords remains slow.

In a new report, the ILO warns that a double whammy of slow pandemic recovery and growing debt risks leaving developing countries behind on job creation. While the ongoing exclusion of Taiwan from the World Health Assembly drew sharp criticism from a top global health official.

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Gabriela Galindo


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The 76th annual gathering of the World Health Assembly wrapped up this week. (Geneva Solutions/Michelle Langrand)

🏥 World Health Assembly closes session with biggest challenge still looming. WHO’s chief beat back “misinformation” attempts hindering progress on pandemic accord negotiations and urged countries to ensure the treaty will deliver.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

📉 Low-income countries to be left behind without action on jobs, International Labour Organisation says. Mounting debt levels and a slow pandemic recovery are impacting job creation in developing countries, according to a new UN report.

Reuters (EN)

🇹🇼 Excluding Taiwan from WHO assembly is nonsense, says World Medical Association chief. Otmar Kloiber said that keeping Taipei from participating in the WHO’s yearly assembly is “luxury” that global health systems cannot afford.

Le Temps (FR)

🇬🇧 UN rights chief tells Britain of concerns over migration bill. Volker Türk said the UK’s new migration bill could be at odds with international laws as it risked “essentially [barring] people from seeking asylum” in Britain if they came there “a certain way”.

Reuters (EN)

💥 Russia has carried out more than 1,000 attacks on Ukrainian health care facilities, the WHO says. The number of attacks on Ukrainian health facilities by Russia since the invasion started is the largest it has ever recorded during a humanitarian crisis.

The New York Times (EN)

⛓️ UN experts express ‘grave concern’ over detention of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong. A letter was addressed to Chinese authorities, saying the detention of the former Hong Kong media mogul was linked to his “criticism” of Beijing and his support for a democratic Hong Kong.

The Guardian (EN)

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