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Hi, this is Michelle. Today we’re covering a report that warns of climate change as a growing health hazard in the workplace. We hear about the US position on the conversations about racism taking place in Geneva.

Plus, a highly awaited report on the UN agency for Palestinian refugees says Israel has yet to substantiate its allegations that spurred a funding freeze from UNRWA's top donors.

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Michelle Langrand


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Construction workers carry on work on a new high-rise tower during a heatwave exceeding 48°C in Dubai, 3 July 2023. (Keystone/Karim Sahib/AFP)

👷Workers face rising threat from climate change, ILO warns. The UN labour agency has published a report on the toll climate change is taking on billions of workers, a year after its congress was presided over by Qatar, which has been accused of heat-related worker abuse.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🇺🇸Desirée Cormier Smith: ‘The United States does not have a monopoly on racism’. While in Geneva, to participate in a meeting of the Permanent Forum of People of African Descent, the American special representative for racial equality and justice reflects on the issue of race across the Atlantic.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

📑 Israel has yet to provide evidence of UNRWA staff terrorist links, Colonna report says. A review commissioned by the UN found that Israel hadn't raised any issue before with any of UNRWA's staff based on the lists the agency had regularly provided since 2011. Israel said it hadn't received staff lists with Palestinian identification numbers until March 2024. It found that UNRWA "possesses a more developed approach to neutrality than other similar UN or NGO entities” but can further enhance its vetting process.

The Guardian (EN)

🦠Toxic: How the search for the origins of Covid-19 turned politically poisonous. China has stiffled international efforts, including from the World Health Organization, to find the source of the virus that killed millions of people, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

The Associated Press (EN)

🐮UN livestock emissions report seriously distorted our work, say experts. Two academics said the Food and Agriculture Organization misinterpreted their work in a way that underestimates the impact of reducing meat intake. The UN agency, which says its reports go through "rigorous review processes", has been accused in the past of caving to pressure from the farming lobby.

The Guardian (EN)

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