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SUNS # 9349 Thursday 20 May 2021

United Nations : World trade rebounds in first quarter of 2021, says UNCTAD (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The value of global trade in goods and services grew by 4 per cent quarter-over- quarter and by 10 per cent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2021, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

Trade : Stage set for text-based negotiations on revised TRIPS waiver at WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Washington DC)
The 62 co-sponsors of the proposed TRIPS waiver at the WTO for combating the worsening COVID-19 pandemic have sought at least three years for waiving intellectual property rights "on health products and technologies, including diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, medical devices, personal protective equipment, their materials, or components, and their methods and means of manufacture for the prevention, treatment, and containment of COVID-19."

Environment : South America's gas dreams (PRIV)
(IPS, Mexico City)
The gas producing countries of South America are debating on how to make better use of the resource and how to integrate the sector, amid geographical and infrastructural barriers.

COVID-19 : Re-imagining education with imagination (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The month of May marks mental health awareness month or mental health awareness week in several countries around the world.

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