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December 2020

Impact Stories of International Geneva showcases the solutions, positive results and heart-warming stories, offering a window into the positive impact International Geneva has on everybody's lives.

Switzerland and Ghana sign historic agreement for Climate Action

The governments of Ghana and Switzerland signed a bilateral agreement today, bringing the cooperative approaches of the Paris Agreement to life. The new partnership will foster the adoption of green and low carbon technology solutions across Ghana, resulting in a plethora of social and environmental benefits. This agreement with an African nation is the first of its kind. 
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Getting it done, one electronic signature at a time

As digital transformation unfolds within the United Nations at a record pace, many signatories are still out to capture signatures the analogue way, consuming valuable hours and resources on old-school paper documents. For increased efficiency, the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) provides Electronic Signature Services with DocuSign. By automating signature workflows, it supports SDG 2, Responsible Consumption and Production, and SDG 15, Life on Land. This solution offers customised and mobile experiences and effortless compliance with industry and global regulations, eliminating risk by integrating the solution in a record system.
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WHO calls for reinvigorated action to fight malaria

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls on countries and global health partners to step up the fight against malaria - a preventable and treatable disease - since its progress has plateaued over the last four years. COVID-19 has added an extra challenge in 2020, but WHO aims to reignite progress with the “High burden to high impact” (HBHI) response, which tailors its approach to malaria control, based on local data and intelligence. 
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Gavi and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) join forces to improve immunization coverage for migrants

The Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are strengthening their collaboration on vaccination efforts for migrants and displaced persons across the world, both for preventive immunizations as well as in response to outbreaks. As the world continues to seek a safe COVID-19 vaccine, this partnership ensures that people on the move are included and favours fairer distribution, so that as many lives as possible can be saved.
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Roza Mojsovska: The only artist in North Macedonia who paints with her mouth

Renowned artist and poetess, Roza Mojsovska, does not let her disability limit her desire to express herself creatively through art and poetry. She started painting at the age of seven after having surgery on her hands. With determination, she picked up a crayon in her mouth and drew a flower. Her talents were evident from the start. Since then, she has participated in many international exhibitions and won many awards. She has also published several books on poetry. She aspires to show the world that every individual has a talent. 
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Bringing positivity through the power of theatre

A travelling theatre group reached thousands of people in the Himalayan nation of Nepal, performing 33 productions in 10 districts, over six weeks. The drama explored real-life scenarios, addressing gender discrimination and the lack of access to security and justice. The travelling theatre show was a hit, with some performances attracting over 1,200 locals to see the show. 
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More than 150 countries engaged in COVID-19 vaccine global access facility

Seventy-five countries have expressed interest in protecting their populations by joining the COVAX Facility, a mechanism designed to guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. The 75 countries will partner with up to 90 lower-income countries that can be supported through voluntary donations to Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC). Together, this group of up to 165 countries represents more than 60% of the world’s population. By the end of 2021, the goal of COVAX is to deliver two billion doses of safe, effective vaccines that have passed regulatory approval and/or WHO prequalification. 
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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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