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SUNS # 9931 Tuesday 23 January 2024

WTO : South punished instead of disciplining big subsidizers at fisheries ta lks (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The chair of the Doha fisheries subsidies negotiations last week held discussions at the World Trade Organization on several aspects in his draft consolidated text concerning the proposed disc iplines on subsidies contributing to overcapacity and overfishing (OCOF) that conti nue to deplete global fish stocks, where he has seemingly not disclosed the top 20 subsidizers for whom he has allegedly provided carve-outs on the condition that they comply with stringent notification requirements, said people familiar with the discussions.

WTO : Surge in volume of re-routed shipping vessels avoiding the Suez Canal (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Penang)
Available data points to a surging volume o f re-routed vessels to avoid the Suez Canal in the past two weeks amid increa sed security risks, according to the World Trade Organization.

UN : Number of humanitarian emergencies highest in a decade - UNHCR (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Penang)
The United Nations Refugee Agency issued 43 emergency declarations in 29 countries in 2023, the highest annual number o f declared emergencies in the last 10 years.

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