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June 2022

The Impact Stories of International Geneva showcase solutions, positive results and heart-warming outcomes, offering a window onto the positive impact International Geneva has on everybody's lives.

WHO hosted the 3rd edition of Walk the Talk in Geneva

Walk the Talk is a challenge for people of all ages and abilities aimed at promoting the importance of health through a team building exercise. On the morning of the 75th World Health Assembly, participants from all over the world were invited to run or walk a chosen route around Geneva.
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UN organizations launch plan to catalyse action by 2025 on energy commitments including doubling renewables globally, electricity for 500 million people and clean cooking for one billion

A Plan of Action was launched by around 30 leading organizations comprising “UN-Energy”. The Plan will support the transition to clean, affordable energy for all in response to large-scale challenges such as the global energy crisis and the climate emergency. In addition, an Energy Compact Action Network was launched with the aim of partnering governments seeking support for their clean energy goals with governments and businesses which have pledged over 600 billion dollars of funding. 
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Innovative digital health solutions from Africa

As part of the Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa, and more specifically focusing on the third Sustainable Development Goal: Health and Well-Being, creative startups across Africa are developing disruptive digital health solutions. These range from solar-powered hearing aids to digital emergency platforms and cloud-based hospitals. Africa has shown enormous entrepreneurial potential in the health sector, working towards the achievement of SDG 3. Initiatives include the securing of basic medical care and medication supply, the implementation of telemedicine over long distances and prevention development using solar power and digitalization.
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Global Fund, Unitaid and the United States launch “Test-and-Treat” programs at second global COVID-19 summit 

As announced at the Second Global COVID-19 Summit, over 120 million dollars have been launched by the Global Fund, Unitaid and the United States together with FIND and other ACT-Accelerator partners to support countries for test-and-treat programs. These programs aim to prevent hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 for highest-risk populations in low- and middle-income countries. Beyond saving lives, these programs also promote locally led solutions and contribute to reducing global inequality in the medical testing and treatment of COVID-19.
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Child Rights Connect In Action: from child participation to child empowerment – Reflections from Child Rights Connect’s child advisors

Child Rights Connect endeavours to give a stronger voice to children in the advocation of the protection of human rights to the extent that its involvement has evolved from a simple participation to an actual empowerment of children’s voices. The Children’s Advisory Team was established as a permanent and global group within the organization in 2020, a crucial step towards the empowerment of children globally. So far, the main takeaways from the young team have included the publication of a story book about children’s lives under lockdown, a briefing for governments on how to support children’s rights before and during a pandemic, and a child-friendly guide on the rights of Child Human Rights Defenders.
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New guidelines to support SMEs to phase out lead from paint manufacturing 

Lead is a commonly used component in paint although it can cause serious and irreversible neurological damage. To overcome this danger and produce paint without added lead, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), guided by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, has released new Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines to ensure small and medium enterprises (SMEs) work towards the permanent elimination of lead in paint. The guidelines offer general information on paint reformulation, and alternative raw materials as well as case studies. 
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Artificial intelligence powers UNDP’s evaluation solutions

In partnership with the International Computing Centre (UNICC) and Amazon Web Services, UNDP’s latest cutting-edge solution streamlines the scanning of thousands of evaluation documents to understand keywords, context and intent using artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, returning meaningful answers to complex questions. This innovative solution, based on AI and machine learning, is publicly available through UNDP’s portal, AIDA (Artificial Intelligence for Development Analytics).
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For more solution-based stories, please see the Geneva Solutions website and newsletter. Geneva Solutions is a non-profit journalistic platform dedicated to International Geneva, launched in August 2020. 
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