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Hi, this is Kasmira. In today’s headlines from international Geneva, the UN labour agency has issued its first piece of analysis of the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on people’s livelihoods. The assessment came as the heads of other UN agencies made a rare joint plea yesterday for a humanitarian ceasefire.

And a major report sheds light on the eye-watering costs of the food industry on the environment and health.

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Kasmira Jefford


Today's top headlines

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An elderly Palestinian man in a destroyed area after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 23 October 2023. (Keystone/EPA/Mohammed Saber)

💼 More than 60 per cent of jobs lost in Gaza due to war: ILO. The conflict in Gaza is also having a spillover effect in the West Bank, where an estimated 24 per cent of employment, equivalent to 208,000 jobs, has been lost since the start of the renewed conflict.

Reuters (EN)

☮️ UN leaders make united call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The 18 signatories, including UN rights chief Volker Türk and WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said “enough is enough” nearly a month into Gaza's war. Amy Pope, Cindy McCain and Catherine Russell, all US nationals leading UN agencies, also joined the call, distancing themselves from their government’s official position.

Reuters (EN)

🍔Global health and environmental costs of food industry are $10tn a year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, which has put a “price tag” on the hidden costs of the global food industry in its annual report, published on Monday.

The Guardian (EN)

🎙️In conversation with DCAF’s Nathalie Chuard. The director of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance and one of the speakers at Geneva Peace Week last week gives her vision of building lasting peace.

Radio Cité Genève (EN)

🗄️ Intellectual property: record number of patent applications filed. A record 3.46 million patent applications were filed last year, nearly half of them by Chinese innovators, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Swissinfo (EN)

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