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SUNS # 9305 Monday 15 March 2021

Rights : Syria remains "a tinderbox" after a decade of conflict and crisis (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Over the past 10 years, parties to the armed conflict in Syria have perpetrated the most heinous violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law, including acts that are likely to constitute crimes against humanity, war crimes and other international crimes, including genocide, according to a United Nations report.

Trade : WTO DG creates new unit to deliver results at MC12 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The WTO Director-General Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has created a "Delivery Unit" within the Secretariat that will focus on delivering results that members want, in what is going to be the Secretariat's overarching role ostensibly for delivering balanced outcomes at the 12th ministerial conference (MC12), according to a document seen by the SUNS.

COVID-19 : Demographic impact of pandemic - an overview (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The demographic impact of the coronavirus one year after being declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 has been enormous. The picture that emerges is one of significant consequences on the levels and trends of the key components of demographic change: mortality, fertility and migration.

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