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Hi, this is Paula. Halfway into the World Health Assembly, countries believe that while a pandemic treaty will have to wait, they may still be able to wrap up revisions to the International Health Regulations.

As gang violence rages on in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, Unicef’s regional director – who has also worked at IFRC in Geneva – is nominated prime minister. And Ukraine’s president pleads that US president Joe Biden attends next month’s peace conference in Switzerland.

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World Health Organization headquarters entrance, 26 May 2024. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

💉States push to finalise global health rules while parking pandemic treaty talks. While the world may have to wait a little longer to see a pandemic treaty, some states believe they may still be able to score a major win this week as they push to finalise amendments to existing International Health Regulations (IHR).

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🇭🇹Haiti transitional council names Garry Conille PM. Conille, Unicef’s regional head till Tuesday and a former official at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, took over amid intense gang violence, a month after Ariel Henry’s resignation.

Deutsche Welle (EN)

🙏🏻Zelensky urges Biden to attend Ukraine peace summit. Ukraine’s president said failure to attend would be “applauded by Putin”.


⛔'I never met Israeli officials interested in peace with the Palestinians.' A former Swiss ambassador, Jean-Daniel Ruch, recounts his efforts in trying to build bridges between the two sides.

Heidi News (paywall) (FR)

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