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Hi, this is Paula. As Qatar dusts off after the closing ceremony of football’s World Cup, we look at what the country’s human rights legacy has meant for UN organisations in Geneva, and how FIFA’s boss Gianni Infantino helped promote not only his, but Qatar’s, aspirations.

In other news, Pakistan’s prime minister makes an emotional plea for aid for flood victims ahead of a donor conference set to take place in Geneva in January. And WHO experts say it may be too early for optimism on Covid amid the current wave in China.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani seen during the trophy ceremony for the 2022 FIFA World Cup final football match between Argentina and France, 18 December 2022. (Keystone/TASS/Sergei Bobylev)

Armbands, UN visits and the FIFA middleman. Right till the end, FIFA president Gianni Infantino kept plugging the line to journalists that the football championship in Qatar was the “best World Cup ever”. But amid the breathtaking games and drama on the field, controversies regarding the bidding process, and human rights issues that may have been shoved aside in full view of UN agencies such as WHO and ILO, left clouds hanging over the pitch.

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