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SUNS # 9470 Tuesday 30 November 2021

Trade : WTO's MC12 postponed due to Omicron variant of Covid-19 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The emergence of the new Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has led to the postponement of the WTO's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) that was scheduled to begin in Geneva on 30 November, exposing the fault-lines in the trade body's seemingly insensitive decision-making process in failing to address, through the temporary TRIPS waiver, the global challenges of "vaccine inequity" and "vaccine apartheid", said people familiar with the development.

Trade : WTO reform negotiations at impasse due to controversial EU proposals (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Negotiations on the proposed "outcome document" for the WTO's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) remained at an impasse due to sharp differences on several issues in the second revised draft outcome document issued by the WTO General Council chair, particularly on the proposed WTO reforms, said people familiar with the consultations.

UN : School Meals Coalition hopes to provide a meal to every child (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Meals at schools not only give each child a nutritious meal but increase enrolments, among other benefits.

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