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Hello, this is Michelle. The ICRC's financial troubles seem to be over at last. But there is still work to be done to fully recover from the shock, Pierre Krähenbühl tells Le Temps in an interview we've translated.

An absent Taliban was called out at a UN rights review on Monday, and the new chair of radioactive talks to reform the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement system has her work cut out for her.

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Pierre Krähenbühl, director general of the ICRC, in the organisation's headquarters in Geneva on 26 April 2024. (Le Temps/David Wagnières)

⛑️ Pierre Krähenbühl: ‘ICRC won’t replace UNRWA in Gaza’ A month into the job, the new ICRC head asserts that within a year, the organisation has managed to stabilise its finances following the elimination of 4,000 jobs. It is now essential to foster cohesion rooted in diversity, the Genevan says in an interview.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🏁Tough road ahead for WTO's new trade facilitator. Mauritius’ Ambassador to the WTO, Usha Dwarka-Canabady, has accepted the hard task of getting countries to agree on fixing the world trade body's stalled dispute settlement system by the end of the year. Three other diplomats turned down the role before her, according to Reuters.

Politico (EN)

🧕🏼Taliban's treatment of women under scrutiny at UN rights meeting. Afghanistan underwent the state-led Universal Periodic Review on Monday at the Human Rights Council. It was the first time a concerned country's current authorities were absent given that the UN doesn't recognise the Taliban as the legitimate government.

Reuters (EN)

🔮 Déjà WTO: The WHO’s pandemic agreement shouldn’t water down intellectual property obligations, Diluting international obligations to achieve consensus is reminiscent of the limited waiver of one international patent obligation for Covid vaccines after two years of negotiations at the World Trade Organization, writes research professor Cynthia M. Ho.

Stat News (EN)

🇨🇩The ‘man who repairs women’ on rape as a weapon and how the world forgot the DRC. As the UN peacekeeping mission, Monusco, gets ready to leave the Democratic Republic of Congo at the end of the year, Denis Mukwege, Nobel laureate and founder of the Global Survivors Fund, says the international community has abandoned the DRC even as war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to be committed daily.

The Guardian (EN)

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