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Hi, this is Kasmira. After several extensions to the Black Sea grain deal and many threats to walk away, Russia said yesterday that its latest decision not to renew the pact was final, to the regret of UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, who warned that it would “strike a blow to people in need everywhere”.

The impact will certainly be felt in Africa and serves as a further reminder as to why the continent needs to strengthen its own food systems, as we hear in today’s opinion piece. Plus, we spoke to an economist behind a recent major UN report on the world’s public debt problem – and what chances there are of fixing it.

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Workers load grain at a grain port in Izmail, Ukraine, on April 26, 2023. Russia announced on 17 July that it was withdrawing from a grain deal enabling Ukrainian grain to pass through the Black Sea. (Keystone/ AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, File)

🌾 Russia says decision to terminate Black Sea grain deal is final. Speaking at a press conference yesterday afternoon, the UN secretary general, António Guterres has said he deeply regretted Russia’s decision, warning that hundreds of millions of people facing hunger and consumers confronting a global cost-of-living crisis will pay the price.

The Guardian (EN)

💬 Breakdown of grain initiative shows Africa is too dependent on global food imports. As Russia’s withdrawal from the Black Sea grain deal threatens to destabilise global prices and hit millions of people in need, the challenge for Africa is to think about more sustainable agriculture on the continent, writes Mègnon Didier Bébada, the France director of Geneva-based think tank Africa21.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

💸 UN trade body weighs in on calls for global debt reform. An expert at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which warned in a report last week of new record levels of public debt, breaks down the financial hurdles affecting populations.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

😷 Pandemic accord negotiations inch towards first draft. Pandemic accord negotiations resumed on Monday with World Health Organization (WHO) member states expressing a hunger for text-based talks to begin on a first draft amid grave concerns about whether enough progress will be made before the northern hemisphere summer break.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

⚖️ Cut with an axe and heart devoured: some crimes never die. In June, a Swiss court upheld a 20-year sentence for Alieu Kosiah, a former rebel leader who committed atrocities during the first Liberian civil war. Alain Werner, director of the Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima and lawyer for plaintiffs at the trial, shares his impressions of this unprecedented verdict.

Heidi.news (EN)

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