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Hello, this is Michelle. A UN first-ever assessment warns that human activities are pushing many migratory species towards the edge of extinction.

The host of the World Trade Organization's key gathering next month discusses expectations. Plus, the Security Council isn't completely useless – if we look at one example.

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Ninety-seven per cent of migratory fish species listed under the Convention are under threat, including the sturgeon. (Pixabay)

🦇 From turtles to fruit bats, migratory species increasingly under threat, says UN. Over one fifth of the 1,189 migratory species protected under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals are at risk of extinction due to factors including pollution, climate change and the introduction of invasive species.

The Guardian (EN)

☁️ Peering through the gloom at the WTO meeting ahead. With the big gathering weeks away and prospects looking poor, Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, minister of state for trade of host UAE, discusses what a successful ministerial would look like for him and brushes aside concerns about tensions in the Red Sea casting a shadow over the negotiations.

Financial Times (paywall) (EN)

🇨🇴 ‘When the UN Security Council speaks with one voice, it makes a difference. Colombia is proof of that’. Security Council members are back from a mission to Colombia, where the peace process is moving forward. Pascale Baeriswyl, Swiss ambassador to the UN in New York, who took part, discusses what is a rare show of unity by the body paralysed by deep divisions over Ukraine and Gaza.

Le Temps (paywall) (FR)

🚷 Israel declares UN envoy to Gaza and West Bank persona non grata after 7 October comments. Special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Francesca Albanese was denied a visa after she said the Hamas attacks were a response to Israeli oppression.

Haaretz (paywall) (EN)

🛎️ Azerbaijan orders Baku hotels to freeze Cop29 room booking. The move has triggered fears of a hike in prices that would limit the participation of activists and government delegations with few resources.

Climate Home News (EN)

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