SUNS is a unique source of information and
analyses on international development issues with particular focus on
North-South and South-South negotiations.
Over the years SUNS has provided unique in-depth coverage of the activities
of the Non-Aligned countries, of the Group of 77 and other regional and
inter-regional groups of the South and the non-governmental organizations.
The SUNS has been a unique source of information, from the Southern
perspective, of the processes of negotiations, formal and informal, of
GATT and the Uruguay Round, the Mid-Term Review Process, the Brussels
Ministerial Session and since then, the UNCTAD Conferences, and of the
entire debates and dialogue on environment/development issues, the Earth
Summit and other major UN Conferences, as well as their follow-up.
Subscribers to SUNS can choose to receive the service as e-mail and have
whole access to this website, including the archive of previous editions.
This non-profit and non-commercial service is distributed on a
cost-sharing basis and on principles of capacity to pay.
Annual subscription rates:
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs):
South: USD 150-$300
North: USD 250-$500
Research Institutions, Government Agencies:
South: USD 300
North: USD 500
Annual subscription rates:
Governments, Missions, Delegations:
South: CHF 3,000
North: CHF 6,000
South: CHF 1,500
North: CHF 3,000
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What readers say about SUNS:
Luis Fernando Jaramillo, Former Permanent Representative of Colombia
to the United Nations and Chairman of Group of 77 (1993): "The SUNS
is known for being one of the few news services available that
caters to the information needs of developing countries with
continuing and up-to-date news and analyses on developments in
South-South and South-North relations..."
The Late Kenneth Dadzie, Former Secretary General UNCTAD: "The SUNS
and its coverage of international economic issues and negotiations
has become an essential input to the capacity of UNCTAD to keep
abreast of current negotiations and an important ingredient for our
Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of UNCTAD: "... depth of knowledge and
very insightful analysis on every aspect of economic development ... very
rigorous on technical matters and, at the same time, faithful to a moral
commitment, to a cause... of justice, of equity and fairness...."
Jan Pronk, former Minister for Development Cooperation, The Netherlands:
"...the continued publication of the SUNS is very important to
reflect the news and opinions of international development policy
making...I have always been very impressed by the quality of the
bulletin as a channel for information on international negotiations
since my return to Netherlands in 1988 my appreciation even became
higher. In Geneva itself, so close to negotiations, one is
less aware of the information-gap abroad..."
Jan Ruyssenaars, Senior Policy Advisor at Novib/Oxfam of the Netherlands
"Reading the daily contributions ...is a matter of tough discipline in a busy
but very rewarding as supplementary to The Economist or the Financial Times,
and invaluable for those who study globalization and act to redress it."
Bal Krishna Zutshi, former Permanent Representative of India to
GATT (1989-1994): "With its in-depth analyses of North-South dimensions of
international relations in trade and economic spheres...and
underlying policy trends common to various subject matters, SUNS has
proved a helpful tool in gaining a perspective on the 'wood' of
international economic relations as distinct from the 'tree' of
individual negotiating issues... and has emerged as a useful link
among developing country delegations in Geneva... and can prove
equally useful as a source of information and analyses in the
capitals of developing countries."
S. Narayanan, former Permanent Representative of India to WTO (1995-2001):
"The SUNS ... provides an incisive analysis of all trade, finance and
development issues .. the uniqueness of SUNS is that it has also the necessary
courage and conviction to project the point of view as well as the interests of
developing countries against all odds... has provided on numerous occasions
the necessary intellectual support as well as inspiration to argue and fight
what is just and fair."
Halida Miljani, Ambassador of Indonesia to the WTO: "The SUNS is a useful
reference and informative publication for developing countries since it has
able to provide ... substantive and in-depth analysis on various issues related
trade, economics and development ... as well as issues that have a direct
on the well-being of developing countries.... it has been a valuable service in
balancing international media's opinions...."
Dr. Manmohan Singh MP, former Finance Minister of India and former Secretary-
General of the South Commission: "SUNS continues to make an outstanding
contribution in the field of international development cooperation..."
Prof. Gerald Helleiner, Department of Economics and Distinguished Fellow
at the Monk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto:
"The SUNS is... an absolutely unique source of up-to-date information,
alternative views, and above all, developing country perspectives...
on the international events that are likely to be of greatest concern to the
people and policy-makers of developing countries and their friends in the
Celso Amorim, former Foreign Minister, ambassador of Brazil to the WTO
and ambassador to the UK: "the SUNS contained not just articles
on trade but very important articles on sustainable development.... it is
an important source of information not only for delegations but the press
itself as well as a source of reference..."
Hamidon Ali, former ambassador of Malaysia to UN and WTO: "For most developing
country missions, SUNS is a required reading in order to understand what is
there may be differences on conclusions at times, but more often than not, it
the finger at the right place and on the right issues."
Ransford Smith, Ambassador of Jamaica to the UN and WTO: "the number of
and hectic pace of activity in Geneva places an extraordinary premium on time
quality information. The SUNS meets both needs. It saves time and contributes
to fuller understanding of the issues by providing coverage that is both broad
great depth, yet always succinct.. solid, reliable and .... an institution in
its own right."
Edith Ballantyne, Women's International League for Peace
and Freedom: "SUNS is an indispensable source of information on
multilateral negotiations concerning trade and development and
related issues, explaining the hidden forces that advance or halt
negotiations and agreements... an essential help to us in our
work to promote economic and social justice."
Martin McLaughlin, Adjunct Research Associate, Center of Concern,
Washington DC: "The SUNS and its angle of vision ... are a great corrective
for the kinds of reporting often provided to us by the media of North or