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November 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.

Nuclear ban: “Today is an historic day. We call on world leaders to act with courage and join the right side of history”

On 24 October 2020, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement welcomed the coming into force of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This is the first globally applicable multilateral agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons. “This is a victory for every citizen of the world, and it demonstrates the importance of multilateralism”, says Francesco Rocca, President of IFRC.
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Digital hub designed to protect coral reefs was shortlisted for global award

A new digital platform is helping professional divers to protect fragile coral reefs. The Green Fins Global Hub was developed by The Reef-World Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It has been shortlisted in the 2020 Con X Tech Prize for offering a potentially transformative approach to conserving biodiversity and ending human-induced species extinctions.
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The work of WHO, supported by donors, reaches all corners of the world

During the pandemic, generous funding has allowed WHO to reach individuals, communities and leaders. Through its multiple global initiatives, WHO has:
•    fought misinformation through radio channels;
•    advised governments on next steps and the opening of schools;
•    engaged with communities to stop the spread of the virus;
•    supported mental health and more
Without the support of donors, this would not have been possible. 
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Public service media reaches 57% of children weekly through TV services broadcast during COVID-19 peak

With schools having closed due to the pandemic, providing content for children has been important for public service media (PSM). Partnering with educational institutions, children and teachers were able to benefit from PSM’s learning opportunities at home. On average, television reached 57% of kids every week. 
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Shining by design - UNICC and UNRWA working together

The United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) has signed a ground-breaking agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This agreement aims to enhance opportunities for Palestinian youth in Gaza. Eight skilled refugees have joined UNICC and are already hard at work supporting the digital transformation of the UN system in UNICC Application Delivery and Operations teams. The partnership contributes to UNRWA efforts to seed, grow and nurture talented resources among the refugee community.
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Digital Buying Guide sets benchmark for next-generation procurement

The Digital Buying Guide was launched with the aim of making public procurement fair, open and transparent. Its focus on transparency and open competition will support governments in tackling corruption in public procurement. The step-by-step guide will help the public sector to choose the right technologies, work efficiently with suppliers, deliver value for money, and encourage innovation.
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Innovation-enhancing procurement can help to build back better and shift to a circular economy

Innovation is central to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and to drive sustainable development. Public procurement aims to find innovative solutions to address societal problems and ultimately attain economic, social, and environmental objectives, including the transition to the circular economy. 
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Geneva Solutions is a non-profit journalistic platform dedicated to International Geneva, launched in August 2020. For more solution-based stories, we encourage you to have a look at the website, along with the newsletter.
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