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Good morning, this is Kasmira. Today we’re going behind the gates of the US mission in Geneva where we met with its candidate, Amy Pope, for the IOM top job. We’re also covering a sobering report from the WMO on the impact of climate change on energy security.

And as more missiles strike dozens of Ukrainian cities, the UN is warning the attacks by Russia’s armed forces against civilian targets could amount to war crimes.

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The US has put forward Amy Pope, currently the IOM’s deputy director for management reform, as its candidate to be the next leader of the organisation. (Credit: US permanent representative to the UN in Geneva/Twitter)

US jump starts IOM election race. First came the bid this year for the International Telecommunication Union director general position. Now, the United States has set its sights on clinching the top job at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) after its candidate, Amy Pope officially launched her campaign in Geneva yesterday. Geneva Solutions crossed paths with guests leaving the US Mission carrying campaign brochures in hand. The only catch is that the organisation’s current director general, the Portuguese António Vitorino, has not confirmed whether he plans to step down or run for a second term in office, as has often been the case with his predecessors. A spokesperson for the IOM said Vitorino “will communicate his intentions in due course”. The election will take place is June next year.

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Power grid faces increasing threat from climate change. Heatwaves, droughts and other extreme weather events are putting pressure on energy infrastructure and threatening global energy security, according to a report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released on Tuesday. The UN agency urges countries to prepare for climate impacts as they gear up for climate talks next month in Egypt.

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