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SUNS # 9159 Tuesday 14 July 2020

Trade : WTO DG selection, a race among candidates that will serve US interests? (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The selection of the next WTO Director-General to replace the current incumbent Roberto Azevedo could prove to be a race among the eight candidates that will best serve the anti-multilateral interests of the United States, said people familiar with the selection process.

Kazakhstan : How LGBTQ community is being impacted by COVID-19 (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The coronavirus lockdown in Kazakhstan, and the resultant limited public oversight and limited publication engagement, has paved the way for the government to propose amendments to the country's laws around gender that could see the exclusion of the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community.

Lebanon : Financial crisis validates importance of abolishing "Kafala" (PRIV)
(IPS, Keserwan)
They were promised the world but ended up in a Lebanese household. This is the story of many domestic workers in Lebanon.

COVID-19 : "The time is now to accelerate the promise for women and girls" (PRIV)
(IPS, Phnom Penh)
Phnom Penh, 10 Jul (IPS/Dr. Ing Khantha Phavi, Chea Chantum and Daniel Alemu*) -- Fulfilling women's and girls' rights through promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is an essential prerequisite for reaching national development goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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