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SUNS # 8400 Monday 13 February 2017

Trade : CSOs urge WTO DG to advance development mandate, not 'new issues' (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Over 80 Indian civil society organisations (CSOs) called on WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo to advance the development mandate of the WTO negotiations especially on key issues in agriculture, instead of his current push for agreements on e-commerce and investment.

United Nations : Success stories can help girls' STEM careers (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
What makes a young girl believe she is less intelligent and capable than a boy? And what happens when those children face the 'hard' subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?

United Nations : Indigenous peoples' lands guard 80% of world's biodiversity (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world.

United Nations : Supporting local organisations - a Syrian perspective (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Just 0.2 percent of humanitarian funding goes directly to local and national NGOs, according to a major UN review of humanitarian financing published ahead of theá2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

Brazil : No more mass deaths from drought in Northeast region (PRIV)
(IPS, Ouricuri)
The drought that has plagued Brazil's semiarid Northeast region since 2012 is already more severe than the 1979-1983 drought, the longest in the 20th century. But prolonged dry spells no longer cause the tragedies of the past.

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