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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re covering the news that the UN human rights council will hold an urgent session next week to discuss the situation in Iran amid the government’s deadly crackdown on protests. With the world's population set to have reached eight billion people today according to the United Nations, we also have a guest opinion piece by secretary general Antonio Guterres, on why it is even more important than ever for nations s to set aside their differences and act in the interest of humanity.

Plus, if you missed it on Léman Bleu on Friday, you can watch our special broadcast all about Swiss neutrality and International Geneva below.

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A woman takes part in protests which erupted across Iran in September following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the country’s morality police. (Keystone/AP Photo/Middle East Images)

UN rights council to hold urgent session on Iran. The Human Rights Council will hold a special session on the situation in Iran on 24 November in response to the government’s deadly crackdown on protests that erupted across the country two months ago. The protests began in mid-September following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody after she was arrested by the country’s morality police for allegedly breaking strict hijab rules.

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Earth, as seen from space. (Keystone/Science Source/John Giannicchi)

🌎 Eight billion people, one humanity. The major international events of Cop27 and the G20 must lead to the adoption of a historic climate solidarity pact and recovery plans for the countries of the South, in the interest of humanity, warns United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres in this guest article for Geneva Solutions.

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📺 Swiss neutrality and International Geneva. How have sanctions taken by Switzerland against Russia affected Geneva's reputation as a neutral meeting place for talks? And how questions about Switzerland's neutrality impacting International Geneva? These are some of the questions we ask in the first episode of International Geneva Talks, a new series of four roundtable debates broadcast by Léman Bleu in partnership with four local specialised media. Geneva Solutions kicked off the first debate, hosted by its editor Kasmira Jefford. Watch the episode on Léman Bleu or on Geneva Solutions YouTube channel here.

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