From GATT-Uruguay Round
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SUNS # 7952  Monday  2 February 2015

Agriculture : WTO members discuss domestic support, public stockholding    (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The first informal open-ended meeting of the WTO Agriculture Committee in Special Session for this year took up, amongst others, a new paper submitted by several members on domestic support, and also held a more general discussion on the market access pillar of the Doha Round agriculture negotiations.

WHO : Member States propose guidance for engagement with non-State actors    (PRIV)
(Mirza Alas, Geneva)
A new timeline with guidance from Member States is proposed for improving a framework on engagement with non-State actors at the World Health Organisation (WHO).

United Nations : Marine resources in high seas should be shared equitably    (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
After almost 10 years of often frustrating negotiations, the UN ad hoc committee on BBNJ decided, by consensus, to set in motion a process that will result in work commencing on a legally binding international instrument on the conservation and sustainable use, including benefit sharing, of Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction.

Mexico : Missing students case also highlights racism    (PRIV)
(IPS, Mexico City)
The mother tongue of Celso Garcia, a 51-year-old indigenous Mexican, is Mixteca. As a boy, Garcia, the father of one of the 43 students forcibly disappeared four months ago, had to learn Spanish to make his way in mainstream society in this country where most people are of mixed-race heritage.

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