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SUNS # 9198 Monday 28 September 2020

COVID-19 : $1.2 trillion needed to guarantee social protection, says ILO (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Developing countries will need to invest an additional US$1.2 trillion - equivalent to 3.8 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) - to close the annual financing gap in social protection in 2020, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said.

UN : What UN needs is a cease-fire inside its own Security Council (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
With more than 20,000 civilians killed last year in conflicts in 10 countries - including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his call for a "global cease-fire" - a proposal which failed to generate a positive response since he first announced it last March.

Opinion : Pushing the reset button will not change the game (PRIV)
(IPS, Bonn)
Governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with un-precedented intensity.

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