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Good morning, this is Nicolas. Today, we’re covering the World Health Organization’s progress towards a global pact on how to tackle the next pandemic, the continued rise of international migration in the current one, and Switzerland taking a deeper dive into impact investing at Building Bridges.

As the world grapples with the spread of the Omicron variant, we wait for more information on transmission, which should come in a few days. Meanwhile, we learn of Saudi Arabia’s successful campaign against the extension of a UN war crimes investigation in Yemen.

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European Council President Charles Michel gives a speech via a video conference during a special session of World Health Assembly at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, 29 November 2021. (Keystone/EPA/Francois Walschaerts/Pool)

📝WHO to start drafting global pact on pandemic prevention. The World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on Wednesday to start negotiating a global agreement to control and prevent future pandemics, amid fears surrounding the rise of the new Omicron variant. The pact, which is expected for May 2024, will not be a legally binding treaty: although the European Union and some other 70 countries were in favor, countries including Brazil, India and the United States were reluctant to commit.

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