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SUNS # 9328 Monday 19 April 2021

United Nations : COVID-19 has significant impact on Palestinian economy (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant, with the Palestinian economy being forecast to shrink by 15.5 per cent in 2020, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Finance : Global austerity alert - looming budget cuts in 2021-25 & alternatives (PRIV)
(IPS, New York/Nairobi)
Last week, Ministers of Finance met virtually at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to discuss policies to tackle the pandemic and socio-economic recovery.

Opinion : Profound reform or redundancy - United Nations' quandary? (PRIV)
(IPS, Geneva)
Three recent developments bring about again the reasoning on the dire need to immediately reform the United Nations (UN) and avoid its predictable slide to redundancy.

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