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Today we’re crossing our fingers for a nuclear weapons ban, which should come into force in 90 days. We also hear about schooling and a new chapter for the Sahel, how data-crunching can help guide disaster funding, and the truce that may put Libya on the path to peace.

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Ben Parker


Today’s reason for hope

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An international treaty to ban nuclear weapons has now been ratified by 50 countries, the UN announced on Saturday, meaning that the “historic” text can enter into force in 90 days. Honduras became the 50th country to sign the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), in a move welcomed by anti-nuclear activists.

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A ceasefire for Libya. After a fourth round of peace talks in Geneva last week, Libya’s rival factions agreed to a permanent ceasefire in what was seen as “an important turning point towards peace and stability”.

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Ranking crises. Decision-makers have to compare apples and oranges when deciding where to direct precious funding. A new tool removes some of the guesswork.

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A new way forward for the Sahel? Donors have pledged $1.7 billion to help one of the world’s most troubled regions, stressing the need to improve basic services and uphold human rights.

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Here's what else is happening

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There was jubilation in Chile on Sunday after the country voted to rewrite its constitution by an overwhelming majority. The referendum, which was called in response to protests last November, saw 78 per cent of voters back the creation of a new charter to replace that imposed four decades ago under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

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Next on the agenda

25-29 October: Online: Humanitarian Congress Berlin. This year’s programme will explore the power imbalances in the humanitarian sector and how social inequalities shape the global response to crises.


29 October | Online: What will the future of human rights be? A conversation with Michelle Bachelet, UN high commissioner for human rights and former president of Chile.


2-6 November | Online: Geneva Peace Week. A week of discussions and events that aim to galvanise leadership, build trust, and contribute to transforming international cooperation in the wake of Covid-19.

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