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Good morning, this is Paula. As the expiry of the UN-brokered Black Sea grain deal comes down to the wire, we look into what is being shipped from Ukraine and to where.

Meanwhile, talks continue at the UN in Geneva on how best to safeguard people and the environment against toxic substances following a week of breakthroughs. And the UN’s trade and development agency features the ocean economy at a forum in Geneva.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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A bulk carrier being loaded with wheat at the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk near Odesa, Ukraine, bound for Kenya and Ethiopia. (Kesytone/EPA/Igor Tkachenko)

Where are Ukraine’s grains going? As talks continue to try to salvage a deal signed last year to ensure safe passage for Ukraine’s grain exports, we look at where the agricultural products have gone worldwide. Russia has said the Black Sea Grain Initiative is a commercial, rather than humanitarian arrangement and hasn’t benefited the poorest countries. We wade through the data, definitions and trading duels.

Geneva Solutions

What to watch this week 👀

☠️Talks on chemicals and waste are set to continue until Friday, after the first week ended with an agreement to ban two plastic chemicals and a pesticide globally. Countries are set to begin discussions on a key proposal to circumvent a decade-long deadlock at the Rotterdam Convention on imports of dangerous substances.

🐚The UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) is hosting today and tomorrow a forum to discuss how to leverage trade for developing countries and attain the Sustainable Development Goals. A recent study found that only 12 per cent of the goals adopted in 2015 are currently on track to be met by the 2030 deadline. Among the main themes of the gathering will be the potential of the ocean economy.

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