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SUNS # 9889 Friday 3 November 2023

WTO : Outcomes on TRIPS, development, DSS, agriculture a priority for MC13 (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Many members of the World Trade Organization on 1 November flagged their core priorities for the WTO's 13th ministerial conference (MC13), to be held in Abu Dhabi in February next yea r, cautioning that the credibility of the trade body is in the balance if it c annot deliver on the mandated issues in areas like TRIPS, agriculture, developmen t, and reform of the WTO's dispute settlement system (DSS) among others.

WTO : US continues its ambivalent position on diagnostics & therapeutics (PRIV)
(TWN, Geneva)
Many developing countries on 31 October upped the ante for an urgent and expeditious outcome on paragraph eight of the Minist erial Decision on the TRIPS Agreement reached at the World Trade Organization's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva last June, said people familia r with the discussions.

Opinion : Even rich nations now worried about ISDS (PRIV)
(IPS, Kuala Lumpur)
Governments the world over are worried about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) r ules. These allow foreign investors to sue them for billions over new laws or pol icies reducing their profits.

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