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Hello, I’m Jessica bringing you Geneva Solutions’ Peace and Humanitarian news coverage, produced in collaboration with The New Humanitarian.

Today, as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies launches their World Disasters Report, we're speaking to them about the need to keep climate change adaptation a priority. We’re also looking at an uptick in trafficking of women and girls, linked to Covid-19. And finally, a global reduction in the use of anti-personnel landmines gives us a reason for hope.

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Jessica Alexander


Today’s reason for hope

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It’s 23 years since the Mine Ban Treaty was adopted, and we’re closer to a mine-free world. Last year, mass destruction of anti-personnel mine stocks continued and only one country used anti-personnel landmines — Myanmar. That’s a “humanitarian success story”, according to Human Rights Watch.

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Women and girls at increased threat from trafficking online during the pandemic. With more victims than ever being targeted on social media, a UN committee has warned tech companies to tighten controls and governments to step up efforts to target the root causes of trafficking.

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Countries most at risk from climate change are being left behind. The IFRC has found that countries most vulnerable to climate-related disasters receive a fraction of the funding available for adaptation.

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Conflict erupts in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray. Threatening a humanitarian disaster and potentially derailing the country’s transition to multi-party democracy, violence in the region could sow instability across the Horn of Africa.

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Here's what else is happening

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The first General Assembly of the League of Nations was convened in Geneva 100 years ago, on November 15, 2020, by United States President Woodrow Wilson in the aftermath of the horrors of the First World War.


Next on the agenda

18 - 19 November | Online: AidEx 2020. Optimising humanitarian response to manage global crises of the future.

AidEx (EN)

19 - 20 November | Online: Covid-19 & Democracy in East Africa. How can the region step up efforts to protect the vote in the midst of a pandemic?

Kofi Annan (EN)

20 November | Online: Young Activists Summit. Young activists from four continents will discuss a post-Covid-19 world, including climate change, human rights and gender-based violence.

Young Activists Summit (EN)

23 - 24 November | Online: Afghanistan 2020 Conference. Afghan leaders and the international community will commit to promoting sustainable development, prosperity and peace in the country.


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