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SUNS # 9455 Tuesday 9 November 2021

Trade : EU & allies adopt "diversionary" tactics on TRIPS waiver at WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Notwithstanding the groundswell of international support for the much-delayed TRIPS waiver, a handful of countries led by the European Union seem to be adopting "diversionary" tactics in finalizing the waiver as part of the WTO's response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the 12th ministerial conference (MC12) scheduled to begin in Geneva on 30 November, said people familiar with the development.

Trade : US stymies LDCs' proposed best endeavour interim decision at WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The United States on 5 November apparently adopted a "stonewalling" approach over the best endeavour interim arrangement proposed by the least-developed countries (LDCs) to be agreed at the WTO's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) set to begin in Geneva on 30 November, said people familiar with the development.

COP26 : Mismatch between progress in negotiations & outside declarations (PRIV)
(Meena Raman, Glasgow)
At the end of the first week of the Glasgow climate talks, media attention has been about declarations and initiatives among governments on the side-lines of the process, rather than on the actual negotiations inside the Conference venue of COP 26, giving the impression that much progress is being made in advancing international climate cooperation.

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