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SUNS # 8010  Monday  27 April 2015

Trade : D-G must come clean on previous mandates on Doha    (PRIV)
(Chakravarthi Raghavan, Geneva)
When WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo speaks at the informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee convened for 27 April, the large majority of developing countries hope he will come clean on what he intends to do with the previous mandates on the Doha Round talks, and whether in fact he intends to dump them as the US wants, and drastically change the special and differential treatment provisions in agriculture for developing countries in order to open their markets to heavily subsidised agri-exports of the US.

United Nations : Rights expert denounces secret talks on trade treaties    (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
A United Nations rights expert has expressed deep concern over the general lack of awareness of the adverse effects that existing bilateral and multilateral free trade and investment agreements, or those under negotiations, have on the enjoyment of human rights, particularly in the developing countries.

United Nations : Riches in world's oceans estimated at staggering $24    (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The untapped riches in the world's oceans are estimated at nearly 24 trillion dollars - the size of the world's leading economies, according to a new report released Thursday by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Bangladesh : Two years after Rana Plaza tragedy, rights abuses still rampant    (PRIV)
(IPS, Dhaka/New York)
Some say they were beaten with iron bars. Others confess their families have been threatened with death. One pregnant woman was assaulted with metal curtain rods.

Mexico : Water politics polarised    (PRIV)
(IPS, Mexico City)
Laura Romero has piped water in her home for only a few hours a day, and at least once a week she is cut off completely.

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