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SUNS # 9376 Tuesday 29 June 2021

Trade : Developed countries unlikely to deliver on mandated issues at MC12 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
India has called for an expeditious outcome in the text-based negotiations on the revised TRIPS waiver proposal by end-July for saving lives from the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, as it continues to wreak havoc on both the health and economic fronts across all countries, said people familiar with the development.

Trade : WTO DG expects ministers to act as "good cop, bad cop" in fishery talks (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The World Trade Organization director-general Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on 25 June suggested that the proposed ministerial meeting on fisheries subsidies on 15 July could enable ministers to act as "a bit of good cop," and "a bit of bad cop" over their trade envoys for advancing the negotiations and provide a way forward, said people familiar with the development.

Trade : LDCs obtain 13 year TRIPS exemption, but nothing on post-graduation (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The least-developed countries are expected to secure an extension of the TRIPS transition period for 13 years, exempting them from implementing most of the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Agreement, until 1 July 2034.

Opinion : Why politics threaten the protection of children in armed conflict (PRIV)
(IPS, Washington DC)
Front-line workers who document and respond to violations against children have faced a particularly challenging last year, from the impact of Covid-19 on operations and child protection to the record levels of displacement worldwide to the ever-worsening threats from militaries and non- state armed groups.

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