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SUNS # 9348 Wednesday 19 May 2021

Finance : OTC derivatives rise in second half of 2020, says BIS (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The gross market value of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives increased by $300 billion, to reach $15.8 trillion in the second half of 2020, mainly driven by increases in foreign exchange (FX) derivatives, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has said.

COVID-19 : Put people before profits for progress (PRIV)
(IPS, Kuala Lumpur)
Millions of people are expected to die due to delayed and un-affordable access to COVID-19 tests, treatment, personal protective equipment and vaccines.

Argentina : Biogas - turning an environmental problem into a solution (PRIV)
(IPS, Buenos Aires)
"Until five years ago, we didn't know about the circular economy, but today our waste generates environmentally neutral products that also offer a return," says Jose Luis Barrinat, manager of a cooperative that brings together some 550 small farmers in Monje, Argentina.

COVID-19 : How pandemic decisions are ingraining global gender bias (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
There are teams of experts around the world right now tackling the coronavirus pandemic, providing pathways to put an end to this deadly global scourge and charting the course for recovery.

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