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SUNS # 8273 Thursday  30 June 2016


Ecuador: To democratise access to health, medicines via compulsory licensing (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Ecuador will pursue "progressive" policies for ensuring rapid "democratization of access to health and medicines" by using compulsory licenses for patented drugs, the country's foreign minister Mr Guillaume Long told reporters on Wednesday (29 June).

Trade: Talks on impact of RTAs a priority for WTO Members, says Chair (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
A "systemic" discussion on the proliferation of regional trade agreements (RTAs) and their impact on global trade "is high on the agenda for members with possibly one or two exceptions," the Chair of the WTO Committee on Regional Trade Agreements said on Monday (27 June).

Development: Preventable child deaths not always linked to poorest countries (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Millions of children still die before reaching their fifth birthday every year, according to theá2016 State of The World's Children Report released here Tuesday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Development: The case for cash in humanitarian emergencies (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Currently only six percent of humanitarian aid worldwide comes in the form of cash handouts, yet many aid organisations believe that cash transfers should be seen as the rule, not the exception.

Cuba: Drought prompts debate on irrigation problems (PRIV)
(IPS, Holguin)
Five gargantuan modern irrigation machines water the state farm of La Yuraguana covering 138 hectares in the northeastern province of Holguin, the third largest province in Cuba.

Pakistan: Biogas brings heat and light to rural poor (PRIV)
(IPS, Faisalabad)
Nabela Zainab no longer chokes and coughs when she cooks a meal, thanks to the new biogas-fueled two-burner stove in her kitchen.

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