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Hi, this is Gabriela. Many human rights NGO were dismayed over the UN Human Rights Council’s adoption of a motion on religious hatred, warning that the text risked bolstering religious hardliners at the expense of human rights. During the debate, the EU’s envoy regretted that negotiations on the text were cut short, in what she said hurt attempts to reach a consensus – in a move that some HRC observers said was an attempt by Pakistan and Turkey, who were leading the negotiations, to keep a united front.

Several UN agencies warned that the 2030 goal of doing away with global hunger was at risk as hunger ballooned this year – again. And a new UN report said that almost half of the world’s population was caught in a debt trap.

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Gabriela Galindo


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An Iraqi man burns a Quran outside a Stockholm mosque on June 28. (KEYSTONE/TT News Agency/Stefan Jerrevång/TT)

💬 UN human rights body adopts religious hatred motion, boosting ‘rights’ of religion over individuals. NGOs warn the motion, seen as a major blow to western nations, risks legitimising religious crackdowns against minorities.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🏦 Nearly half of humanity caught in a debt trap, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres warned yesterday at the launch of a new report that revealed that global public debt reached $92 trillion last year.

Reuters (EN)

💸‘Some aspects of innovative finance are dressed up to be what they are not’, says Peter Sands, executive director of The Global Fund, in a frank interview on the state of the global health sector.

Geneva Health Files (paywall) (EN)

🎙️Human rights and those who defend them. An interview with Mary Robinson, the second person to serve as UN Human Rights Commissioner, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Inside Geneva (EN)

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🌾 That’s the number of people projected to be facing hunger by 2030 – the year in which the UN aimed to reach a zero hunger target as part of its Sustainable Development Goals, according to a new report by five UN agencies, including the World Health Organisation and the UN’s hunger relief agency, the World Food Programme.

The organisation’s five chiefs said that the major drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition, namely the ongoing effects of the pandemic, growing disruptions fueled by climate change and conflicts were now “our new normal”. The report comes on the back of warnings from several humanitarian and hunger relief NGOs that global engagement and funding to combat daunting levels of malnutrition and hunger have been dwindling for years.

The Telegraph (EN)

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