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Hi, this is Michelle. Today we’re covering a gloomy upcoming anniversary and city-led efforts to offer a warm welcome to migrants.

Plus, who do you think should be the future female UN chief? Our friends at PassBlue may have one idea or two.

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Michelle Langrand


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Director general of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, addresses the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi 26 February, 2024. (Keystone/AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)

🎂Dysfunction and division darken the WTO’s 30-year dream of free trade. Between increasingly strained US-China relations, rising protectionism and a World Trade Organization paralysed by geopolitical spats, the world trade body is due for a less than celebratory anniversary, writes The Guardian’s economics editor.

The Guardian (EN)

🏙️What cities like Geneva are doing to welcome migrants and refugees. From Zurich to Colombia’s Barranquilla to the Ghanaian capital of Accra, cities worldwide are seeking to better integrate foreigners, in line with international commitments.

Swissinfo (EN)

👑Which woman should be the next UN secretary general? Our survey results. Speculation over who will succeed Antonio Guterres in 2027 has been getting traction. An informal online survey on potential female candidates places former Chilean president and UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet top of the list.

PassBlue (EN)

🏥 On World Health Day, WHO director general decries Gaza hospital destruction, blaming Israel. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s comments come two days after the UN health agency visited al-Shifa hospital for the first time since Israeli forces ended a two-week raid on the facility that ended with hundreds of alleged Hamas militants killed or detained while 21 patients reportedly died.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

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