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SUNS # 8027 Tuesday  26 May 2015


Trade: CSOs urge support for LDC request on pharmaceuticals exemption (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
A number of civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged support for a request by the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for an extension of the transitional period with regards to the intellectual property protection of pharmaceutical products, which is set to expire on 1 January 2016.

Trade: Informal mini-ministerial for Paris in June (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Trade Ministers from around 30 countries are due to have an informal meeting in Paris in June on the sidelines of the annual ministerial meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where the developed countries and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo are expected to renew and push their "re-calibration" approach to conclude the Doha trade negotiations, according to several trade envoys.

Development: The UN at 70 - the past and future of peacekeeping (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
When the Cold War ended in 1991, there was hope the UN Security Council would be able to take decisive action to create a more peaceful world. Early blue helmet successes in Cambodia, Namibia, Mozambique, and El Salvador seemed to vindicate that assessment.

Development: A chimera in growing cooperation between China and Brazil (PRIV)
(IPS, Rio de Janeiro)
A total of 35 agreements and contracts were signed during Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang's visit to Brazil, as part of the growing ties between the two countries. But there is one project that drew all the attention: the Transcontinental Railway.

Germany: Asylum seekers - you can't evict a movement (PRIV)
(IPS, Berlin)
In a move to take their message of solidarity to refugees across the country and calling for their voices to be heard in Europe's ongoing debate on migration, Germany's asylum seekers have taken their nationwide protest movement for change on the road under the slogan: "You Can't Evict a Movement!".

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