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Hello, this is Pip. We’ve got more news from Cop27 this morning as the conference enters its third day. Firstly, from Geneva, UN human rights chief Volker Türk added his voice to calls for the Egyptian authorities to release jailed pro-democracy activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah, who began a water strike on the opening day of the conference.

We’re also covering warnings from UNICEF that children are suffering the most from climate crises, with nearly 28 million affected by flooding alone so far this year. Meanwhile, in Sharm el-Sheikh, a new fossil fuel treaty and a plan for early warning systems are just two of the many proposals floated as leaders from around the world make pledges to tackle the climate crisis.

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Alaa Abd el-Fattah’s sister, Sanaa Seif, has been campaigning for his immediate release and travelled to Cop27 to raise awareness of his plight. (Keystone/Press Association Images/Stefan Rousseau)

UN rights chief demands Egypt immediately release jailed activist. Volker Türk called on Egypt on Tuesday to immediately release Alaa Abd el-Fattah, the jailed British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist who began a water strike on the opening day of Cop27. Türk said the political dissident’s life was in “great danger” after he escalated his seven-month hunger strike and stopped drinking water on 6 of November, as the eyes of the world turned to Sharm el-Sheikh. Abd el-Fattah’s relatives said they were extremely concerned for his well-being after not hearing from him since his water strike began.

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The sculpture, Bodies Joined by a Molecule of Air (2022) by Invisible Flock and Jon Bausor, at Cop27’s health pavilion. (Credit: Invisible Flock/WHO)

🫁 ‘We are the environment and the environment is us,’ said artist Victoria Pratt and one of the creators of the sculpture, Bodies Joined by a Molecule of Air, on display at Cop27’s health pavilion hosted by the World Health Organization. The artwork, designed by the collective Invisible Flock, represents both a lung and a tree, showing the connection between humans and nature, and responds to touch like the human body. “We wanted something that was both scientific and metaphorical,” she told the Guardian. The installation was part of several artworks displayed drawing attention to the connection between human health and the health of the planet.

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