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Hi, this is Kasmira. In New York, the UN Security Council has approved a draft resolution for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Gaza for the month of Ramadan.

In Geneva, Russian civil society members, here on a three-day visit, said the lives of political prisoners were in increasing danger in the wake of Alexei Navalny's death. Plus, the clock is ticking on pandemic treaty negotiations.

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UN Security Council votes on resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza for the month of Ramadan. (UN Photo)

🕊️ UN Security Council adopts resolution demanding immediate Gaza ceasefire. The resolution, which demanded an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, was adopted by all council members with the exception of the United States, which abstained.

Al Jazeera (EN)

🕙 Pressure to conclude pandemic agreement mounts, but countries hold onto positions. As the unforgiving clock ticks away, WHO member states are under increasing pressure to conclude negotiations towards a new pandemic agreement, and yet many countries seem determined to protect their interests, underscoring the high stakes and the now-never game that these discussions have come to represent.

Geneva Health Files (EN)

⚠️ 'Lives in danger' after Navalny's death, says wife of dissident Kara-Murza. Speaking to journalists at the UN in Geneva on Monday, the wife of jailed Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza said the lives of many political prisoners in Russia, including her husband's, were at risk in the wake of Alexei Navalny's death in an Arctic penal colony last month.

Reuters (EN)

💥Ignoring Syrian crisis risks destabilising region, experts say. More than 13 years after Syria erupted into civil war, the UN says the country has become a more dangerous place for civilians, noting that the oppressive government of President Bashar al-Assad that sparked the flames of conflict remains in power and continues to escalate hostilities on multiple fronts.

Voice of America (EN)

🇺🇳Precarious conditions for UN consultants decried in Geneva. Consultants and individual contractors who make up between 35 and 45 per cent of the UN's workforce often accept difficult, uncertain working conditions, including short-term contracts, no holidays or sick leave, and unevenly negotiated salaries, all in the hopes of one day obtaining a permanent contract.


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