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SUNS # 9274 Friday 29 January 2021

Trade : "Global approach" based on TRIPS waiver needed to combat Covid-19 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Many countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) have recognized the importance of a TRIPS waiver in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the need to find a "global approach" for ramping up production of pandemic-specific medicines and vaccines on a global scale to avoid ongoing vaccine wars, negotiators told the SUNS.

Finance : Cross-border bank claims register modest contraction, says BIS (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Global cross-border bank claims saw a modest contraction of $93 billion in the third quarter (Q3) of last year on a foreign exchange (FX)- and break-adjusted basis, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has said.

United Nations : Economic recovery remains precarious in post-Covid-19 years (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The United Nations has warned that the devastating socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come unless smart investments in economic, societal and climate resilience ensure a robust and sustainable recovery of the global economy.

Q&A : Why survivors should be at centre of talks on genocide & gender violence (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Women and young girls are disproportionately affected by conflict and genocide, and that is why they should be a central part of conversations on the issue, according to Jacqueline Murekatete, a Rwandan survivor of genocide and founder and President of the Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF).

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