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Hi, this is Gabriela. An impasse on the UN labour agency’s 2-year budget was finally breached late on Tuesday, after an otherwise routine vote was plunged into a heated debate on gender and sexual minorities’ rights, which several Muslim and African countries opposed defending.

The UN refugee agency’s chief said asylum systems needed to be urgently reformed as millions around the world continue to flee conflicts, and the global vaccine alliance Gavi is on track to meet its 2025 goals, including increased child vaccinations.

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High-level government representatives, including heads of state, arriving at United Nations European headquarters in Geneva for the International Labour Congress, 14 June 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

💰 UN labour agency gets budget despite LGBTQ rights drama. Several African and Muslim countries’ opposition to include gender and sexual orientation wording in the budget text had locked the issue in a days-long impasse.

AFP via Monitor (EN)

⚠️ 110 million people forcibly displaced as Sudan, Ukraine wars add to world refugee crisis, UN says. As the number of displaced people reach record numbers, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees urged countries to reform their asylum systems. The UNHCR published its 2022 Global Trends Report Wednesday.

Associated Press (EN)

💉 Gavi is on track to vaccinate 300 million more children by 2025. Global vaccine alliance Gavi said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they are ahead of schedule on 8 out of 11 commitments slated for 2025.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

🧑‍💼 Swiss welcome apprenticeship recommendation at labour conference. The ILO recommendation says apprenticeships should be central to labour policies and be properly remunerated.

Swissinfo (EN)

🇸🇾 UN food bank announces cuts in Syria, cites thinning budget. The UN World Food Programme said an “unprecedented” funding crisis led to their cutback their number of beneficiaries in Syria.

Le Temps (FR)

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