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Hi, this is Paula. Geneva was brimming with activity Wednesday as the UN’s Economic and Social Council – Ecosoc for short – returned to the Palais this week for its humanitarian affairs segment. Meanwhile, heads of UN agencies, including WTO’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, met with corporate leaders and others to discuss pressing issues for the global economy.

And as the Human Rights Council proceeded with the first week, the special rapporteur on Myanmar said a new approach was needed regarding the rights situation in the country.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Humanitarian aid packages provided by India to Sudan are unloaded off of an Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft on the tarmac at Port Sudan airport on 18 May 2023. (Keystone/AFP)

💸What the latest funding data says about the humanitarian system. As the UN’s Economic and Social Council huddles in Geneva this week to talk about aid response, experts say the sector is stretched amid multiple crises and funding gaps.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

💱WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: ‘The system still works, but needs to be revised’. Speaking at the World Chambers Congress, the World Trade Organization’s director general said the private sector needs to help in “re-globalising” the world’s economy.

Le Temps (FR)

🇲🇲UN expert urges a different approach to resolve the crisis in Myanmar. In a visit to Indonesia, the special rapporteur on Myanmar said the world expects the Asean group of nations to take on a leadership role to resolve the country’s human rights situation.

The Independent (EN)

🥫Once starved by war, millions of Ethiopians go hungry again as US, UN pause aid after massive theft. The World Food Programme is investigating what US officials claim may be the biggest theft of food assistance on record. Ethiopia has agreed to a joint probe with the US.

Associated Press (EN)

🧭A record number of refugees are on the move. Climate change threatens to take the crisis to new heights. Studies show that an unprecedented number of people will be displaced as they seek safer ground.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

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