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SUNS # 8693 Monday 4 June 2018

Trade : As US strikes trade turmoil, others embrace WTO-MTS (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Paris)
As the United States struck turmoil in the global trading system on Thursday by unilaterally imposing additional duties on st eel and aluminum, several developed and developing countries vowed, at an informal trade ministerial summit in Paris on 31 May, to embrace the rules-based multilateral trade order, trade ministers told SUNS.

Trade : South stresses development as central priority for resilience in WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Paris)
Major developing countries - China, India, and South Africa - said on Thursday that the development dimension in the globa l trading system, particularly at the WTO, remains their central priority for building resilience, trade ministers told SUNS.

Trade : US refuses to discuss trade and investment at OECD (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Paris)
The United States on Thursday (31 May) stru ck a body blow to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that it had created in 1961 by refusing to engage in the discussion on "international trade and investment for strong and inclusive growth," sever al participants present at the OECD meeting told SUNS.

United Nations : Launches its most ambitious new development system (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
I just arrived this morning fro m Mali - but I wanted to be here personally to thank you for your leadership, engagement and constructive spirit.

United Nations : The day the UN elected a president in a virtual lottery (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The battle between two candidates for the presidency of the 193-member General Assembly next week harks back to the d ay when the president of the highest policy-making body at the United Nations was elected on the luck of a draw - following a dead heat.

Latin America : Begins to discover electric mobility (PRIV)
(IPS, Buenos Aires)
With 80 percent of the populati on living in urban areas and a vehicle fleet that is growing at the fastest ra te in the world, Latin America has the conditions to begin the transition to electric mobility - but public policies are not, at least for now, up to the task.

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