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Hi, this is Michelle. Morocco emerged yesterday as the winner of a rare power struggle for the Human Rights Council presidency.

Year projections for employment are not looking good. Plus, the WHO’s future trans health guidelines are stirring controversy even before they exist.

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Michelle Langrand


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Morocco’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Omar Zniber, is congratulated by Argentinian ambassador and former council president Federico Villegas for winning the presidency of the Human Rights Council on 10 Jan 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Michelle Langrand)

🇲🇦Morocco becomes president of Human Rights Council, breaking African deadlock. Morocco becomes president of Human Rights Council, breaking African deadlock. Morocco’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Omar Zniber, will preside over the council for the next 12 months after his country beat South Africa in a rare election that divided the African group.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

📈Global unemployment seen rising modestly in 2024: UN labour body. The International Labour Organization expects joblessness to increase worldwide driven by more people being out of work in developed countries.

Reuters (EN)

🚻 UN envoy criticises ‘one-sided’ WHO approach to trans health guidelines. The special rapporteur on violence against women said the composition of the committee tasked with developing the guidelines had all “strong, one-sided views in favour of promoting hormonal gender transition and legal recognition of self-asserted gender”.

The Guardian (EN)

⛑️Médecins Sans Frontières says strike on Gaza shelter staffer’s daughter, 5. Over 100 staff and family members were sheltering in Khan Younis when the building was struck.

The Guardian (EN)

🏃🏿‍♂️Almost 500,000 Darfur refugees face humanitarian crisis in Chad. MSF says an “unbearable spiral of violence” in West Darfur in Sudan, has driven the exodus into Chad, where refugees face a “humanitarian catastrophe”, according to the UN.

Bloomberg (EN)

🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏽UN rapporteur: ‘Minorities are the vectors of diversity’. New expert on minorities’ issues says countries’ cooperative “mood” has long gone, making it more difficult to pressure states to improve their human rights records.

Swissinfo (EN)

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