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SUNS # 9257 Friday 18 December 2020

Trade : WTO members sharply divided on notification, e-com & cotton issues (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Members of the World Trade Organization remain sharply divided on issues concerning compliance with notification requirements, cotton, and the 1998 multilaterally-mandated work programme on electronic commerce, as well as the damage being caused by the non-mandated plurilateral Joint Statement Initiative (JSI) group on establishing new rules on e-commerce, trade envoys told the SUNS.

Trade : Sharp differences between e-com WP proponents & JSI group on e-com (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Sharp differences have come to the fore between the developing-country proponents of the multilateral 1998 work programme (WP) on electronic commerce, and the opponents who are participants of the non-mandated Joint Statement Initiative (JSI) group on e-commerce, trade envoys said.

Rights : Helping women to step out of the "shadow pandemic" of abuse (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The United Nations Secretary-General's UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign marked the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2020) at a time when COVID-19 exacerbated the conditions women operate under.

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