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Good morning, this is Michelle. As most donors return to UNRWA's side, the head of the UN aid agency for Palestinians seemed confident before the press yesterday. So it lives to fight another day but just for how long?

And join us on 15 May at the Geneva Press Club to discuss the implications of the UN’s liquidity crisis, with our guests, International Crisis Group’s Maya Ungar and veteran UN civil servant, Michael Møller. We hope to see you there!

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Michelle Langrand


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Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA commissioner eneral, speaks to the press in Geneva, 0 April 2024. (Geneva olutions/Michelle Langrand)

Can UNRWA weather the storm? The fate of the UN Palestinian aid agency continues to be mired in uncertainty. In a little over six months, serious allegations against its staff cost it the support of its main donors, all this while an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Gaza unfolds. Even as an independent review commissioned by the United Nations last week largely cleared its name against Israeli accusations, and most states resumed their funding, the blow to the agency’s reputation has left a mark.

Geneva Solutions

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© Mana Neyestani (Iran)

Cartooning for Peace, an exhibition that celebrates press freedom. An exhibition showcasing the perspectives of editorial cartoonists on women’s rights, war, and artificial intelligence, opened Tuesday in Geneva. Organised by the City of Geneva, in collaboration with Paris-based association Cartooning for Peace, the 60 drawings by cartoonists from around the world "aim to provoke thought and inspire political reflection".

The exhibition, on display along the Quai Wilson until 2 June, comes ahead of World Press Freedom on Friday, when the Geneva-based Freedom Cartoonists Foundation, and the city of Geneva will award its biennial editorial cartooning prize to two new laureates at a ceremony attended by Iranian lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, at the Maison de la Paix.

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💰The United Nations has been facing its worst liquidity crunch, forcing it to adopt several aggressive cost-saving measures. At this event, Geneva Solutions with guest speakers Michael Møller, former director general at the UN in Geneva, and Maya Ungar, UN analyst at the International Crisis Group, will discuss its latest reporting on the UN’s money woes and the wider implications for the multilateral system. Register to attend in person at the Domaine de Penthes, where an apéritif will follow the event, or to participate online.

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