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Hi, this is Paula. Just days ahead of the World Trade Organization’s big ministerial gathering in Abu Dhabi, diplomats wonder if they can fix its dispute settlement system.

The United Nations Summit of the Future scheduled for September is off to a rough start. And a Swiss court sides with NGOs which accused a commodity trader of buying looted oil from Libya.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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World Trade Organization in Geneva, 5 November 2022. (Flickr/Jeanne Monjoulet)

🔨World Trade Organization's push for reform plagued by obstacles. Unofficial discussions over how to fix the trade body’s dispute settlement mechanism have failed to break the stalemate, with Guatemalan ambassador Marco Molina exiting the talks after getting fired.

Reuters (EN)

🔮What can humanitarians expect from the UN’s Pact for the Future? Over 242 pages of suggestions made by UN member states on the first draft of the pact reveal big disagreements on how the UN should be reformed.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

🛢️Court throws out commodity trader defamation case against NGOs. Trial International and Public Eye had accused Kolmar Group of violating international laws by buying looted oil from conflict-wracked Libya.

Keystone-SDA via Swissinfo (EN)

🇺🇦Millions of displaced Ukrainian refugees face uncertain future. A survey by the UN Refugee Agency found that while most Ukrainians want to go home one day, insecurity, lack of economic opportunities and housing concerns are keeping them from doing so now.

Voice of America (EN)

💰More than $400 million needed for western Afghanistan to recover from October earthquake, UN says. A report by the World Bank, the European Union and the Asian Development Bank said the recovery should emphasise the return of basic services and building quake-proof homes for the most vulnerable populations.

Associated Press (EN)

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