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Hello, this is Kasmira and this week, as the Human Rights Council continues in Geneva, our eyes are also on New York where the high-level week of the UN General Assembly kicks off against the backdrop of tensions between the world’s major powers, the war in Ukraine, as well as a perfect storm of food, climate and energy crises.

Delegates at the Council in Geneva will be assessing the tone and taking their cues from world leaders across the Atlantic as East-West tensions threaten to overshadow progress on the world's evermore urgent global humanitarian crises.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra in front of his mural in progress at the UN headquarters in New York. The mural, which depicts the theme of sustainable development, is a donation from the Permanent Mission of Brazil, tied to the commemoration of the 200‑year anniversary of Brazil's Independence. (Credit: UN Photo/ Manuel Elías)

🇺🇳 UN General Assembly enters high-level week. Although the UN’s key annual gathering officially kicked-off last Tuesday, the General Debate - main action begins tomorrow when leaders and other senior officials will deliver their statements during the week-long general debate, held in the UN headquarters General Assembly hall. Here's what to expect.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening

Also on the agenda

📌 19 September | Inauguration of the Cité Internationale du Grand Morillon. After three years of construction, the development project at the heart of the Nations neighbourhood has been completed. The building complex, which cost a total of 178 million swiss francs, includes a 700-student residence for the Graduate Institute, an 80-apartment building for employees of international organisations and the new headquarters of Medecins sans Frontières, the last bit to be delivered in July. A neighbourhood party with music and food will accompany the occasion.

Pechakucha Night (EN)

📌 21-22 September | Geneva Toxic Free Talks. As the Human Rights Council meets this month, this hybrid conference held at Centre administratif de Varembé addresses the growing problem of chemical pollution, from pollution in warzones to the latest report of the UN special rapporteur on toxic waste, which focuses on the human rights impacts of mercury.

Geneva Environment Network (EN)

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