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SUNS # 9420 Monday 20 September 2021

Trade : WTO DG says failure at MC12 not an option, urges a "Plan B" (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Washington DC)
The World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala apparently said at a virtual G33 trade ministerial meeting on 16 September that failure at the WTO's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) is not an option, urging the ministers to settle for a "Plan B" type of agreement, said people familiar with the development.

Trade : India presses for outcome on public stockholding at MC12 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Washington DC)
Despite the WTO director-general's call on settling for any outcome on the controversial agriculture package, India on 16 September said that it will not settle for any outcome in agriculture without an agreement on the mandated permanent solution for public stockholding programs for food security, said people who took part in a virtual G33 ministerial meeting.

Opinion : COVID-19 recovery requires justice beyond rhetoric (PRIV)
(IPS, Bonn)
Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have exacerbated rather than reduced global inequalities.

Opinion : Raise retirement ages (PRIV)
(IPS, Portland)
Raise retirement ages! That's the simple, clear and unavoidable message that economics and demographics are sending to governments around the world.

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