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Good morning, this is Michelle. As diplomats are still gathered this week at the World Health Organization to discuss the future of global health, we take a closer look at one piece of the puzzle – the pandemic treaty currently being negotiated.

Staying on the health front, we’re keeping an eye on what experts have to say about mpox. Plus, a group of experts wonder about the implications of using AI for diplomacy.

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Michelle Langrand


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A health worker receives the Covid-19 vaccine at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Philippines on 29 March 2021. (©WHO/Blink Media/Hannah Reyes Morales)

What’s in the WHO proposal for a pandemics treaty? An early draft of what the future treaty on pandemics could contain was circulated among delegations on Wednesday, as countries were gathered in Geneva at the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the future of global health until 7 February. Countries now have a bit more than a year to decide what stays and what goes from the 32-page document that will serve as a basis for negotiations, which will kick off at the end of the month.

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WHO to consider mpox threat. A week after the WHO director general said that Covid-19 remains a global concern, the health body's emergency committee on mpox will reconvene on Thursday to consider the level of threat it poses. While infections seem to have slowed down in certain regions like the EU or the US, 39 countries are still reporting cases, according to an update from Thursday, particularly in South American countries like Peru, Colombia and Brazil. The report states that over 85,000 people have been infected across 110 countries and 89 have been killed by mpox in the last year.

Also on the agenda

  • 📌 7 February | 10 years of an orchestra like no other. The Orchestre des Nations continues its celebration of its decade in existence with a concert featuring world-renowned classic guitarist ​​Miloš Karadaglić and an international repertory of musical compositions at Victoria Hall. The orchestra, founded by Antoine Marguier, who is also its director, is composed of amateur musicians from international Geneva and the region and strives to promote “musical diplomacy.” In 2016, it performed a concert in the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea.
    Orchestre des Nations (EN)
  • 📌 7 February | Will AI take over diplomatic reporting? Since the launch of ChatGPT, a bot that autonomously learns from data that can redact seemingly intelligent text, authorities are scrambling to deal with the new technology amid concerns of its use not only in schools but for cyber-security. The Diplo Foundation, a group of experts focussing on diplomacy, digital policy and governance, asks whether advances in artificial intelligence may come to dominate diplomatic reporting in this webinar.
    DiploFoundation (EN)
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