From GATT-Uruguay Round
to the WTO


SUNS # 7923  Tuesday  25 November 2014

Trade : Draft decisions on Trade Facilitation Agreement/food security    (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
A draft decision on the Protocol of Amendment for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and a draft decision on public stockholding for food security purposes were handed out at an informal Heads of Delegation (HOD) meeting at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Monday.

Development : The double burden of malnutrition    (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrient deficiencies while 500 million individuals suffer from obesity.

Latin America : Needs transparency and more to fight inequality    (PRIV)
(IPS, San Jose)
As public policy, political transparency and open data need an active ingredient to bring about social change that would reduce inequality in Latin America: citizen participation, said regional experts consulted by IPS.

Rights : Humanitarian impact of nukes calls for concerted action    (PRIV)
(IPS, Tokyo)
As we approach the 70th anniversary next year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are growing calls to place the humanitarian consequences of their use at the heart of deliberations about nuclear weapons.

Mideast : Refugees between a legal rock and a hard place in Lebanon    (PRIV)
(IPS, Beirut)
Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

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