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SUNS # 9083 Friday 6 March 2020

Trade : China challenges US proposal on market-oriented conditions (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
China has challenged the United States on its controversial proposal to discuss "the importance of market-oriented conditions to the world trading system," without resolving the fundamental crisis over the Appellate Body (AB) at the World Trade Organization, trade envoys told the SUNS.

Trade : Coronavirus outbreak could cost $50 billion in exports, says UNCTAD (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The dramatic slowdown of manufacturing in China due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a ripple effect throughout the global economy and could result in a US$50 billion fall in exports across the world, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on 4 March.

UN : World remains a "violent, highly discriminatory place" for girls (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Twenty-five years after the historic Beijing women's conference in China - a milestone in advancing equal rights - violence against women and girls is not only common, but widely accepted, a new UN report revealed.

Pacific Islands : The future children want (PRIV)
(IPS, Sydney)
For 13-year-old Karen Semens, growing up on Pohnpei - one of the four main island states in the Federated States of Micronesia, which comprises more than 600 islands in the western Pacific Ocean - the main challenge is being a girl.

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