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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, we sit down with UN75 special adviser Fabrizio Hochschild who says political will is what’s inhibiting solutions to humanitarian problems. We also take a critical look at the real-world implications of the EU’s migration pact, and explore efforts to address an uptick in violence against women. And we’re hopeful after after a chat with Geneva’s International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) as they inch the world closer toward abolishing nuclear weapons.

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Jessica Alexander


Today’s reason for hope

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Only five more ratifications are needed to bring the UN Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty into force, in large part thanks to the work of the Geneva-headquartered International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Swapping a narrative of “state security” to one of “human security” is helping make that happen.

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Peace and Humanitarian News

For migrants, a new EU pact, barbed wire and microchip bracelets. A closed camp for asylum seekers being set up on the Greek island of Samos is a preview of EU’s new migration policy in action.

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UN75 special adviser: We’re lacking political will to tackle global humanitarian crises. The world is suffering from a “deficit in political will - not solutions - in tackling the global humanitarian crises including the Covid-19 pandemic, Fabrizio Hochschild has warned.

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Here's what else is happening

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Feminist groups scuffle with police during a protest in Mexico City on 27 September 2020. Mexico has witnessed several such protests in recent months against police and gender-based violence (GBV) in the country. The latest protests coincide with the release of new guidelines to help humanitarians tackle violence against women, on the rise globally since COVID-19.

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Next on the agenda

1-2 October | Geneva: 25th International Humanitarian & Security Conference. With a focus on new technologies and humanitarian action, the event will take place in-person.

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5 October | Online: UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony. The awards honour individuals for outstanding work with refugees and displaced and stateless people, and this year marks the first time all the regional winners are women.


7 October | Online: Webinar: Non-State Armed Groups: People, Power, Policies. Experts from the ICRC and elsewhere take stock of trends in engaging with armed groups.


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