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Good morning, this is Michelle and this week is a packed one with countries continuing trade talks at the WTO, where hopes are running high for ministers to seal the deal on at least one issue.

The UN Human Rights Council is also kicking off today its 50th session – the first one since Russia was voted out. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet is expected to update the council on the world’s human rights crises, including in the occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and observers will be paying close attention to what she has to say about her visit to Xinjiang.

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On our radar this week

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Human Rights Council special session on Ukraine. (Credit: UN Photo/Jean Marc Fe

Human Rights Council kicks off. It will be the Council’s first session since Russia was stripped of its seat in April over the invasion of Ukraine. The meeting comes amid rising tensions between Moscow and Western countries. The four week session will have a packed agenda to go over with 90 reports presented by some 30 experts, but the UN high commissioner for human rights’, Michelle Bachelet, expected updates on Ukraine’s occupied Mariupol and her contested visit to China on the first day foreshadow a tense first week.

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Hopes fly for WTO fishing subsidies’ deal. After talking about saving the world's fish stocks for 20 years, there is a whiff of optimism that the World Trade Organization (WTO) might be ready to clinch a deal to stop a fish meltdown on the planet. It is the first meeting held under director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who has repeatedly urged countries to hammer out a deal to eliminate harmful subsidies for fishing and prove to the world that the WTO can still deliver.

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Also on the agenda

📌13-15 June | Trade and Sustainability Hub. Hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), this hybrid event will focus on the WTO’s role in supporting sustainable trade and development ahead of the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference.


📌 13-14 June | Regional Workshop on Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation. This hybrid event on water and sanitation will also give participants the opportunity to hear from experts on environment, education, health, regional development and social protection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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