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Good morning, this is Kasmira. Restricting office hours, limiting travel and temporarily closing parts of the Palais des Nations: these are some of the further cost-saving measures the UN in Geneva says it will be forced to adopt in the coming months as money dries up.

And Geneva has been selected to host the secretariat of a UN loss and damage advisory body – but not without controversy after Nairobi was first recommended as the host city. Plus, a report lays bare the scale of cyberbullying and its toll on children’s mental health.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Palais des Nations, Geneva, 25 March 2024. (Geneva Solutions/Michelle Langrand)

💰UN forced to tighten belt amid financial woes. The Geneva headquarters of the United Nations will have to cut non-salary expenses by 42 per cent as certain member states have yet to pay their dues.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🇨🇭African dismay as Geneva chosen to host loss and damage advisory body. Geneva has been selected to host the headquarters of a UN scheme for minimising and addressing loss and damage, beating other locations including Nairobi in the process.

Climate Home News (EN)

💻WHO: Cyberbullying affects 1 in 6 school kids. In a survey of Europe, Asia and Canada, researchers found that peer violence and cyberbullying are major problems for school-aged children — and they're getting worse.

Deutsche Welle (EN)

🗑️Millions go hungry as a billion meals binned every day. The UN Food Waste Index report says more than a billion meals are thrown away every day, in poor countries as well as rich ones, despite more than 730 million people living in hunger around the world.

The Guardian (EN)

🇷🇺Russia sees no chance of Swiss leading Ukraine peace process, envoy says. Russia sees no chance of Switzerland leading efforts to secure peace in Ukraine, its ambassador to the UN in Geneva said on Tuesday, after Bern said it planned to host a high-level Ukraine peace conference in the coming months.

Reuters (EN)

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