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Hello, this is Kasmira, kicking off our last week of newsletters before we take a little break for the summer. But, we won't stray far as we'll still be bringing you our monthly digest as well as keeping you up to date with the latest news on our website.

In today's coverage, two of our own journalism interns look into the complex and blurry world of internships in Geneva and how they have been affected by the canton's new minimum wage.

On the trade front, we're keeping watch on the WTO following the recent ministerial meeting on fisheries subsidies, and why they present the best chance for a "win" for the organisation.

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Kasmira Jefford


International Geneva News

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United Nations (UN) interns protest in front of the Palais des Nations in Geneva against the UN system of unpaid internships – which will not be affected by the new minimum wage – on 20 February 2019. (Credits: Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

🗃️ Uncovering the black box of Geneva internships. In September last year, Geneva introduced a statutory minimum wage of CHF 23 an hour – believed to be the highest in the world. There are a few exceptions, however – including most internships. Between unclear job descriptions, wages, and somewhat blurry internship guidelines from local authorities, we look at how it is easy to get lost in the black box of International Geneva internships.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🐟 WTO and its new leader need a win, and fishery talks might produce a timely one, writes The Globe and Mail's David Parkinson. Both face an important test in the next few months – in the form of talks on an obscure pact, two decades in the making, that have reached a make-or-break point.

The Globe and Mail (Paywall) (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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People demonstrate on the sidelines of a G20 environment meeting, in Naples, Thursday, 22 July 22. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

G20 fails to agree on climate goals in communique. At a meeting in Naples, Italy, that concluded last week, energy and environment ministers from the Group of 20 rich nations failed to agree on the wording of key climate change commitments, in what will be seen as a setback ahead of United Nations climate talks in November. Italy's Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani told reporters that the ministers could not agree on two disputed issues - one of these was phasing out coal power, which most countries wanted to achieve by 2025 but some said would be impossible for them.

Reuters (EN)

Next on the agenda

📌 27 July | Private sector riorities for the UN Food systems re-summit. As part of the Pre-UN Food Systems Summit, WBCSD will co-host a series of sessions to mobilise private sector solutions and actions.


📌 27-28 July | WTO General Council meeting. The organisation’s highest-level decision-making body will meet this week to discuss the TRIPs waiver, fisheries subsidies, urgent trade policy responses to Covid, the G90 declaration on special and differential treatment, among other important items.


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