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SUNS # 9182 Wednesday 2 September 2020

Trade : Concerns voiced over "logistical details" in WTO DG selection process (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Several members have apparently expressed concern over the "logistical details" announced by the WTO General Council chair in conducting from 7 September the "confessionals" for selecting a new director-general, particularly on the need to conduct the virtual consultations from different rooms in the Secretariat, people familiar with the development told the SUNS.

Climate : Green Fund Board approves funding proposals via virtual meeting (PRIV)
(Prerna Bomzan and Indrajit Bose, Kathmandu/New Delhi)
In its first ever virtual meeting held from 18- 21 August, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved USD 878.6 million for a total of 15 funding proposals, including one from Sudan, despite objections to the latter by the United States.

United Nations : Racism at the UN - practice what you preach (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
When two recent staff surveys, one in Geneva and the other in New York, revealed widespread racism at the United Nations, it triggered the obvious question: why shouldn't the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) probe these charges?

United States : Trump undermines WHO, UN system (PRIV)
(IPS, Kuala Lumpur/Sydney)
Kuala Lumpur/Sydney, 1 Sep (IPS/Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury*) -- After accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of pro-China bias, President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the UN agency.

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