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Good morning, this is Michelle and after an intense week for global politics, we reflect upon why US climate diplomacy might have reached its limit. We also have a last look at the outcome of the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva.

Plus, as it was drought and desertification day on Thursday, the UN sounds the alarm on drought being on the verge of becoming the next pandemic.

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Michelle Langrand


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Protestors wearing giant heads of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and US President Joe Biden outside the G7 summit in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, on 13 June, 2021. (Keystone/AP Photo/Jon Super)

🚧 A bumpy road for climate diplomacy. Biden’s overseas tour delivered few concrete decisions to tackle the climate emergency, leaving rights groups disappointed with US leadership as well as with other wealthy nations. As his climate agenda faces opposition back home, and after four years of Trump rollbacks on climate and environmental protection policies, he will have to first focus on repairing the damage both at domestic and international level.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

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Drought in the community of Rincon Colorado, in the municipality of General Cepeda, in Coahuila, Mexico, 15 June 2021 (Keystone/EPA/Miguel Sierra)

🏜️💧A hidden crisis. As the world celebrated the day to combat desertification and drought on Thursday, the UN gave a stark warning that “drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic and there is no vaccine to cure it”. Drought has affected at least 1.5bn people worldwide in the last two decades and is set to worsen unless countries take action to address the climate crisis, the UN said.

The Guardian (EN)

Next on the agenda

📌 24 June | Ecological infrastructure: a new vision for our territory. The Geneva canton is creating tools to inspect the region’s ecological infrastructure, including natural ecosystems, agricultural land and urban areas, which will be presented at this in-person conference.

Etat de Genève (FR)

📌 28 June | Nature-based solutions and the post-2020 biodiversity framework. This session of the Geneva nature-based dialogues will focus on the role for ecosystem approaches in the new Global Biodiversity Framework to be adopted at Cop15 in October and which will oversee the conservation and management of biodiversity for the next decade.


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