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SUNS # 9596 Thursday 16 June 2022

WTO : MC12 extended to 16 June due to differences on deliverables (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Sharp differences over the five proposed deliverables for the World Trade Organization's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) have forced the organizers to extend MC12 tentatively by one more day to end on 16 June, said people familiar with the latest development.

WTO : South countries demand talks on WTO reforms under GC's direction (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Many developing countries drawn from the African Group, as well as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Cuba issued a powerful statement on 14 June on how the proposed WTO reforms must be conducted after the World Trade Organization's 12th ministerial conference (MC12), said people familiar with the development.

WTO : Facilitators allegedly playing "partisan" role in talks on deliverables (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The facilitators on the five proposed deliverables for the World Trade Organization's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) seem to be playing an increasingly "partisan" role by adopting alleged "rigged" methods and in some cases openly siding with members opposed to the permanent solution for public stockholding (PSH) programs for food security, and even on fisheries subsidies, said people who asked not to be quoted.

WTO : CSOs call on ministers to reject current draft of TRIPS Decision (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
More than 150 civil society organizations (CSOs) on 15 June called on the trade ministers attending the World Trade Organization's twelfth ministerial conference (MC12) to not accept the current draft of the Ministerial Decision on the TRIPS Agreement and to instead demand a real waiver.

Uganda : Disability inclusion lifts rural families from poverty (PRIV)
(IPS, Oyam & Gulu)
Lawrence Akena was born 32 years ago with microcephaly. Because of his neurological condition, he didn't go to school or benefit from skills training.

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