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SUNS # 9570 Friday 6 May 2022

Trade : WTO's MC12 remains shrouded in confusion on format of the meeting (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The World Trade Organization's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) scheduled for 12-15 June seems to remain shrouded in confusion as to whether it would be a proper negotiating meeting or a non-negotiating event, a conundrum that is likely to be resolved at a stocktaking meeting being planned for early next month, said people familiar with the development.

UN : Continues financial ties with a vilified Russia isolated by global community (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The Russian Federation, which invaded Ukraine last February killing scores of civilians and destroying entire cities, has been condemned, vilified and ostracized by the international community.

COVID-19 : Health missions arrive with critical support to Tonga and Kiribati (PRIV)
(IPS, Canberra)
Before the pandemic emerged in 2020, health services in many Pacific Island countries were under-resourced, under-funded and under-staffed.

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