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SUNS # 9122 Monday 18 May 2020

Trade : WTO expected to witness a fierce selection process for next DG (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The World Trade Organization is expected to witness a fierce selection process for choosing a new director-general to replace current DG, Roberto Azevedo, who is demitting office on 31 August 2020. This comes amid an escalating war of words between the United States and China.

UN : Stay home? Wash hands? - 1.8 bn homeless, 3.0 bn have no access to water (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The relentless battle against the devastating coronavirus pandemic has been underlined by several widespread advisories from health experts - STAY HOME. WASH YOUR HANDS. WEAR MASK. KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE.

COVID-19 : Finding money for public health, green economic recovery, SDGs (PRIV)
(IPS, London)
The coronavirus pandemic underscores the profound fragility and unsustainability of today's world.

COVID-19 : Protecting women's reproductive health (PRIV)
(IPS, Washington DC)
"When I was 13, I got pregnant from my older brother ... He raped me starting when I was 11," a girl from Guatemala told one of us in 2015.

Iraq : An empty treasury, low revenue, and COVID-19 (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Iraq's newly-announced leader has brought hope to a country embroiled in a 17-year-long conflict, but authorities must ensure that issues such as swift and rapid response to COVID-19, security concerns, and corruption among others are addressed with urgency, experts said on Tuesday.

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