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SUNS # 9232 Friday 13 November 2020
 
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COVID-19 : Global maritime trade to fall by 4.1% in 2020, says UNCTAD (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The volume of international maritime trade is projected to fall by 4.1 per cent in 2020, due to the unprecedented global health and economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

Trade : Concerns over exempting WFP procurement from export restrictions (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
India has raised sharp concerns over the attempts by Singapore and Brazil to finalize a decision at the WTO General Council meeting next month in exempting from export restrictions, purchases made by the World Food Program (WFP) for humanitarian purposes, arguing that export restrictions are an important tool to ensure food security.

Afghanistan : Despite conflict & COVID, children dream to continue education (PRIV)
(IPS, London)
As if four decades of war were not enough, then came the pandemic. For each of the past five years, Afghanistan has been identified by the United Nations as the world's deadliest country for children and, despite progress made in peace talks between the government and the Taliban, child and youth casualties from the ongoing conflict continue to mount in 2020.


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