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Good morning, this is Michelle and, following the encounter between the Taliban and humanitarians two weeks ago in Geneva, we’re asking: will the new rulers of Afghanistan keep their word?

This week we’re keeping tabs on the International Labour Organisation’s forum on a post-Covid world and an event on the online risks that HIV positive people face.

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Michelle Langrand


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Geneva Call’s director general Alain Délétroz (left) sits next to a Taliban delegation as the members sign a declaration on 11 February in Geneva, promising to facilitate humanitarian work in Afghanistan. (Credit: Geneva Call)

🗣️ What’s next after Taliban Geneva talks? The Taliban pledged to allow female health staff back to work and keep humanitarian workers safe, following talks with NGOs in Geneva. Back in Kabul, Afghanistan’s new rulers will now be under heavy scrutiny on whether they will honour their promises as Afghanistan continues to spiral into a humanitarian crisis. Alain Délétroz, director general of Geneva Call, which organised the visit, tells Geneva Solutions how the NGO plans to follow up on these commitments.

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Next on the agenda

📌 22-24 February | ILO Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery. The ILO will host the Global Forum for a Human-centred Recovery from 22-24 February. It will bring together heads of State and Government, heads of international organisations and multilateral development banks, and employers’ and workers’ leaders from around the world to propose concrete actions and strengthen the international community’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.


📌 22 February | Human rights and HIV in the digital age: what role for the UN and governments? The Digital Health and Rights Project, a projet of The Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre will hold an in-depth discussion on Tuesday on the role of the United Nations and governments in driving rights-based use of digital technologies for HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and hear reflections from young people.

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