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Good morning, this is Liv and today we’re covering why countries are still divided over the key topic of loss and damage only a few months away from Cop27. We're also looking at CERN’s decision to end collaboration agreements with Russia and Belarus, and calls in Geneva to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Liv Martin


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A drone shot of Accra, Ghana. The country's finance minister is chair of the V20 countries. In Ghana, climate change is predicted to make rainfall patterns more unpredictable, increase temperatures and elevate its sea level, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. (Credit: Virgyl Sowah/Unsplash)

'Loss and damages' in the context of climate change. The concept began to gain some traction at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, and many are hoping it will be a pillar of the Cop27 conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in November. But reaching a consensus on what the term actually refers to has been a challenge for the international community. At a recent panel on loss and damages in Geneva, experts on trade, finance, human rights, migration and development all had different ways of approaching it.

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WTO trade negotiators work into the early hours to finalise trade agreements. For two nights, delegates toiled through the hot Geneva summer darkness, trying to thrash out a trade agreement that could satisfy the world. In the end, they clinched a deal around a package of issues on fishing subsidies, e-commerce, food insecurity, and Covid-19 vaccines during a pandemic.

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Explosive weapons agreement reaches final stages. In another room of the Palais on Friday, member states and civil society organisations piled in to discuss the final draft of an international agreement to protect civilians against the use of explosive weapons in urban areas. Dozens of countries voiced their support for the text which has been three years in the making. Next stop will be an official signing ceremony for the milestone political agreement in the autumn in Dublin.

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Also on the agenda

📌22 June | Assange - In the name of press freedom. Journalists are invited by the Geneva Press Club to a press conference at the Domaine de Penthes calling for the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Geneva Press Club (EN)

📌22 June | Boost your cyber skills. This event, organised by the CAGI and the CyberPeace Institute, is geared towards preparing nonprofit organisations for cyber attacks.

CAGI, CyberPeace Institute (EN)

For more events, visit the Genève Internationale website.

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