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Hi, this is Kasmira. The UN in Geneva is making sure every penny counts as its offices close to save costs on electricity during the holiday season.

One of Geneva’s influential voices, the former head of the NGO network, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, reveals why he stepped down.

And the world watches the devastation continuing to unfold in Gaza, aid workers in the occupied West Bank voice their worries about rising violence there.

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Kasmira Jefford


Today’s top stories

🇺🇳 UN Geneva headquarters temporarily closed to save electricity. The Palais des Nations closed its doors yesterday until 7 January as part of a series of cost-saving measures to address the ongoing liquidity crisis.


🗣️ Former ICVA boss Ignacio Packer on using your power for change. When Packer left the influential Geneva-based NGO network, his goal was to make way for new leadership from the so-called global south. That’s why his eventual replacement was a surprise pick for some – especially Packer.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

📶 How escalating violence in the West Bank is affecting aid workers. Seventy miles away from Gaza, escalating violence in the West Bank is also taking a huge toll on communities and has humanitarian workers concerned, with 276 Palestinians killed since 7 October alone.

Devex (EN)

🇺🇦 Why the Ukrainian government hates the ICRC. The Geneva-based institution has been caught in the crosshairs, publicly at least, of the most influential members of Ukraine’s government as it carries out a mission of unprecedented scale.

Le Temps (paywall) (FR)

⚙️ WTO panel rules against Turkey in metals duties dispute with US. A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled on Tuesday that Turkey should repeal additional duties that it imposed on the US in retaliation for steel and aluminium tariffs imposed under Trump’s administration.

Reuters (EN)

🗳️ UN Security Council postpones vote on Gaza resolution again. The vote has been postponed twice this week already to allow for the reworking of the draft resolution in the hopes of securing US support. The Security Council will take up the issue again Thursday.

Washington Post (EN)

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