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Hello, I’m Jessica bringing you Geneva Solutions’ Peace and Humanitarian news coverage, produced in collaboration with The New Humanitarian.

Today we’re turning attention to humanitarian news drowned out by coverage of the US elections. We’re also highlighting progress to include women in peacebuilding efforts, 20 years after the adoption of a landmark UN resolution. We’re exploring ways the humanitarian sector needs to change to meet the systemic crises of tomorrow. And we’re hopeful that Biden’s victory will usher in new asylum policies for the US.

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Jessica Alexander


Today’s reason for hope

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People paint the USA-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, 15 February 2020. EPA / Joebeth Terriquez

A Biden win means an end to Trump administration asylum policies. While the reforms won’t be easy, Biden plans to raise the refugee resettlement ceiling within his first year in office, to allocate more resources towards fair and efficient asylum claims, and to support humanitarian organisations working with asylum seekers along the southern US border.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

Peace and Humanitarian News

Two decades of women in peacebuilding. More women now take part in conflict resolution, but there’s still a long way to go.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

The humanitarian news you may have missed. From violence in Ethiopia to Hurricane Eta, here’s what else happened while America’s presidential election took the international media spotlight last week.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

Crises have changed, can the aid industry? The humanitarian sector is ill- prepared for our times, writes Lydia Poole. Here’s how it must change.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Countries step-up tsunami preparedness. Last week’s mini-tsunami caused by the earthquake in the Aegean Sea was a reminder of the increasing frequency of these events.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening

Image of the day

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“Wall”, 2020, oil on canvas. Photo credit: Vidmantas IlčiukasPhoto credit: Vidmantas Ilčiukas

Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė’s “Wall” was the winning entry in The Future We Want art competition marking the UN’s 75th anniversary. The figures are looking over a wall that separates them from a future they desire. The exhibition will be displayed at the Palais des Nations when circumstances allow.

Here's what else is happening

9-17 November | Online: Internet Governance Forum. A discussion of the impact of the internet on resilience and solidarity.

Internet Governance Forum (EN)

10 November | Online: High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Diplomacy. Exploring how field practitioners contribute to the design and deployment of humanitarian diplomatic efforts.

Frontline Negotiations (EN)

11 November | Online: Initiative for responsible internationals: the big debate. How can Swiss companies take more responsibility for their operations abroad?


11 November | Online: Which health services in humanitarian settings should we NOT provide during Covid-19? A conversation on the essential health interventions in humanitarian settings.

The Ready Initiative (EN)

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