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Hi, this is Michelle. Crucial biodiversity talks are set to begin on Wednesday in Montreal, with mixed feelings from observers. While there are hopes for a Paris-style deal for nature to be struck, observers are worried that slow-paced progress at preparatory meetings could foreshadow a failure from countries to reach an agreement.

We've also published our latest international war crimes roundup, in partnership with Civitas Maxima. And in case you missed, the UN's Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine reported back with its latest findings on Friday.

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Michelle Langrand


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A group of white-faced capuchins in Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, Costa Rica. The IUCN has listed it as a vulnerable species. (Geneva Solutions/ML)

🦒 Last chance to protect nature. After two years of delays due to Covid, countries will gather from 7 to 19 December in Montreal, Canada, for the long-awaited biodiversity summit where they are expected to hatch what many hope will be a Paris-like agreement for nature. Negotiators will spend the next couple of weeks addressing the sticking points from the so-called post 2020 biodiversity framework and trying to remove around 1,000 brackets that remain in the draft text.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

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International justice corner

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🕵️‍♂️ War crimes monthly round-up, in collaboration with Civitas Maxima. “The November edition of our round-up gives, as always, information about current extraterritorial cases for international crimes – including the verdict on the ground-breaking case in Paris that we mentioned last time. It also highlights efforts to prosecute such crimes in the country where the crimes happened, as well as developments both at the International Criminal Court and the United Nations’ level.

Kenya is currently leading the way when it comes to prosecuting alleged perpetrators who committed crimes at home with this very interesting case for crimes qualified as crimes against humanity committed in 2017. And a case in Germany against a 97-year old woman, a former Nazi camp secretary, reminds us that these international crimes never expire and can be prosecuted as long as the alleged perpetrator is alive”.

Read the latest roundup here.

Also on the agenda

📌 6 December | Cities for refugees. This event will include the first public presentation of emerging findings from a ground-breaking large-scale study comparing refugee wellbeing, livelihoods and enterprise in camps and urban areas.

Geneva Cities Hub (EN)

📌 7 December | Exclusive dialogue with French ambassador Jérôme Bonnafont. The permanent representative of France to the UN in Geneva, will be discussing his book "Diplomat, what for?", followed by a cocktail dinner.

Club diplomatique de Genève (FR)

For more events, visit the Genève Internationale website.

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