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SUNS # 9222 Friday 30 October 2020

Trade : US veto throws WTO DG selection process into uncharted waters (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The United States has thrown the selection of the WTO's new director- general into uncharted waters, after it refused to accept the recommendation made by the WTO General Council chair to appoint Nigeria's former finance minister Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new DG, despite her securing the "largest support" from members, trade envoys told the SUNS.

Finance : Finance COVID-19 relief and recovery, not debt buybacks (PRIV)
(IPS, Sydney/Kuala Lumpur)
Sydney/Kuala Lumpur, 27 Oct (IPS/Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram*) -- In July, the UN Secretary- General warned that a "series of countries in insolvency might trigger a global depression".

Zimbabwe : Using traditional & indigenous food resources to combat drought (PRIV)
(IPS, Bulawayo)
For Zimbabwean farmer Sinikiwe Sibanda, planting more sorghum and millet than maize has paid off.

United Nations : Global data community's response to COVID-19 (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The world is currently counting more than 42 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 and over 1 million deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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