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SUNS # 9613 Tuesday 12 July 2022

WTO : DG's "push-back" against members' complaints on opaque MC12 process (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
In a member-driven and rules-based World Trade Organization, the director- general Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has "pushed back" against complaints from dozens of WTO members over the lack of transparency and inclusivity in finalizing the decisions/declarations reached at the WTO's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) that concluded on 17 June, said people familiar with the development.

UN : Global trade reaches a record $7.7 trillion in Q1 2022, says UNCTAD (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The value of global trade reached a record level of about US$7.7 trillion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022, an increase of about US$1 trillion relative to Q1 of 2021, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

Latin America : Smelter finally closes due to extreme pollution in Chilean bay (PRIV)
(IPS, Quintero)
A health crisis that in 20 days left 500 children poisoned in the adjacent municipalities of Quintero and Puchuncavi triggered the decision to close the Ventanas Smelter, in a first concrete step towards putting an end to a so-called "sacrifice zone" in Chile.

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