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SUNS # 9590 Wednesday 8 June 2022

WTO : DG pushes five unresolved MC12 deliverables to ministers (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The World Trade Organization's Director-General Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala appears to be adopting the practice of brinkmanship by tossing the five major unresolved deliverables to ministers to decide at the WTO's 12th ministerial conference (MC12), which begins in four days' time, said people familiar with the development.

WTO : US storms out from discussions on WTO response to pandemic (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The United States apparently stormed out of a meeting on the WTO's response to the pandemic on 3 June in fierce opposition to the inclusion of language that TRIPS flexibilities apply automatically to future pandemics, health emergencies and other crises, placing the outcome on this major issue in the balance, said several people, who asked not to be quoted.

WTO : ACP, African Group, G33 up the ante on permanent solution for PSH (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Members of the ACP (African, Caribbean, and Pacific) group, the African Group, and the G33 group of developing countries on 6 June upped the ante for securing the permanent solution for public stockholding (PSH) programs for food security at the WTO's 12th ministerial conference (MC12), which begins in Geneva in four days, said people familiar with the development.

WTO : UK & Switzerland attempt to limit scope of COVID-19 TRIPS decision (PRIV)
(TWN, Geneva)
Since the start of text-based negotiations on the World Trade Organization Director- General's text (DG's text) on the COVID-19 TRIPS decision (the Decision), the United Kingdom and Switzerland, with European Union support, are making constant attempts to limit the scope of the decision.

Climate : What to expect at the UN climate talks in Bonn (PRIV)
(Meena Raman, Bonn)
After the Glasgow climate talks held last year under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement (PA), governments are meeting in Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 16 June 2022, to advance further work under the Subsidiary Bodies.

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