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Good morning, it’s Kasmira in Geneva, where the international agenda is still rather quiet after the holidays. So we have our eyes turned to New York where the UN Security Council ushered in five new members this week and Norway’s UN ambassador took up the helm.

We also take a look at the big aid policy trends that will be preoccupying Geneva humanitarian organisations in 2022.

Plus, over at the WHO, hopes that member states might agree on sweeping financial reforms to put its $3bn annual budget on a more sustainable footing now seem to be foundering.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Country flags of the newly elected non-permanent members to the UN Security Council were installed on Tuesday, 3 January, at the UN in New York. The council’s president for January, Mona Juul of Norway, stands to the front on the right next to ambassadors from Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and United Arab Emirates. (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

🇺🇳 Norway takes the helm at the UN Security Council. The rotating presidency is only one month long – so Norway plans to make the most of it. In an interview with PassBlue, the country’s ambassador to the UN Mona Juul sets out its priorities, which include the women, peace and security agenda as well as the protection of civilians in conflicts.

PassBlue (EN)

⚕️ WHO member states fail to reach agreement on key element of agency’s financing reform. A report by the member state Working Group on Sustainable Financing, published on Tuesday, has stopped short of recommending that assessed contributions by WHO member states be scaled up gradually to meet 50 per cent of the Organization’s core budget needs by 2027-28.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

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