Daily Brief logo

Good morning, this is Michelle and now that Russia is out of the Human Rights Council, we’re asking how it will affect human rights diplomacy in Geneva.

On this week’s agenda, the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor is releasing its latest update on world progress towards nuclear disarmament and mayors from across regions gather in Geneva to discuss how cities are shaping migration policy.

photo journaliste

Michelle Langrand


On our radar this week

Photo article

Room XX during a Human Rights Council session in 2020. (Credit: UN Photo/Antoine Tardy)

🇺🇳With Russia out of the Human Rights Council, what next? The diplomatic slap Russia received in New York, as UN members voted to suspend it from the human rights body, has left diplomats wondering what will be the ramifications in Geneva. While the move is yet another diplomatic condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country will still be sitting in the back of Room XX, continuing to influence discussions at the council’s sessions.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

☢️ Keeping watch of the world’s nuclear weapons ban treaty. Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), a partner organisation of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), will today launch its fourth annual monitor tracking whether the world is any closer to doing away with nuclear weapons, as set out in the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW), which came into force last year after 50 countries ratified the agreement. The first meeting of state parties to the treaty will take place in Vienna in June, after being postponed twice, against a tense political backdrop, as Russia’s war on Ukraine sparks a resurgent threat in the use of nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Ban Monitor (EN)

Here's what else is happening

Also on the agenda

📌11 April | Linking health & education to prevent and respond to violence against children. Schools provide a unique setting for violence prevention initiatives, yet, an estimated 246 million girls and boys globally continue to experience some form of violence in and around schools. This webinar will seek to further understand the role of the health sector in preventing violence and sharing knowledge between the education and health sector.

Geneva Global Hub for Education and Emergencies (EN)

📌14 April | Migration shapes cities. How do cities shape the migration governance debate in return? The mayors of Zurich and Accra in Ghana, Corine Mauch and Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackeyayor, along with Cindy Munro, minister-counsellor at the Canadian permanent mission, will discuss how the role of local and regional governments is reflected in the current international migration debate.

Geneva Cities Hub (EN)

For more events, visit the Genève Internationale website.

GS news is a new media project covering the world of international cooperation and development. Don’t hesitate to forward our newsletter!

Have a good day!

Avenue du Bouchet 2
1209 Genève