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SUNS # 9212 Friday 16 October 2020

Trade : China criticizes US on joint proposal on market-oriented conditions (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Washington DC)
China has severely criticized the United States on its joint proposal with Brazil and Japan on addressing the importance of market-oriented conditions to the global trading system.

Trade : Concerns voiced over attempts to convene fisheries talks virtually (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Washington DC)
Members of the World Trade Organization remain concerned over attempts to convene the fisheries subsidies negotiations virtually despite the difficulties involved in negotiating difficult issues on a virtual platform, said people familiar with the development.

Trade : CSOs call for strong support for TRIPS waiver to combat COVID-19 (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Nearly 380 civil society organizations have urged Members of the World Trade Organization to strongly support the adoption of a draft decision proposed by India and South Africa for a waiver from certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement to combat the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

UN : Global poverty soars - as incomes of billionaires hit new highs (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The phenomenal rise in extreme poverty - for the first time in 20 years -has been accompanied by an upsurge in the incomes of the world's billionaires and the super-rich.

Environment : Why we need trees to end poverty (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
With extreme poverty (living on $1.90 a day) projected to rise for the first time in over 20 years, a new study has concluded that global poverty eradication efforts could be futile in the absence of forests and trees.

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