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SUNS # 9781 Monday 15 May 2023

Trade : WTO's credibility depends on TRIPS, e-com moratorium, DS reform (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
India, South Africa, and Indonesia on 9 M ay demanded an expeditious outcome on extending the World Trade Organization's 12th ministerial conference (MC12) Ministerial Decision on the TRIPS Agreement to COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics, but opponents including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the European Union continued to adopt allegedly "diversionary" positions in ruling out an extension of the Decisi on without concrete evidence, said people familiar with the discussions.

G7 : Parliamentarians ask summit to support human security, communities (PRIV)
(IPS, Johannesburg)
Parliamentarians from more tha n 30 countries agreed to send a strong message to the G7 Hiroshima Summit in Jap an later this year, focusing on human security and support of vulnerable communities, including women, girls, youth, aging people, migrants, and indigenous people, among others.

Health : Maternal mortality - why has progress in saving women's lives stall ed? (PRIV)
(IPS, Kathmandu)
A new report reveals that from 2000 to 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) fell by 33%, and by more th an 50% in 58 countries that had the highest rates of women dying during pregna ncy or up to 42 days after delivery.

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