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SUNS # 8423 Thursday 16 March 2017

Trade : GATS DR disciplines hinge on progress in agriculture (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Members of the African Group along with the least-developed countries on Tuesday (14 March) delivered the strongest message yet that any potential deliverables in domestic regulation disciplines at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting (MC11) in Buenos Aires will hinge on commensurate results in other areas of the Doha Development Round (DDR), particularly agriculture, services negotiators told SUNS.

Finance : Most financial inflows not developmental (PRIV)
(Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Sydney/Kuala Lumpur)
Sydney/Kuala Lumpur, 14 Mar (IPS/Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram*) -- Recent disturbing trends in international finance have particularly problematic implications, especially for developing countries.

United Nations : Women's pay gap "biggest robbery in history" (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
A new UN initiative launched on Monday night calls the women's pay gap, which sees women paid 23 percent less than men globally: "the biggest robbery in history."

Climate : New evidence confirms risk that Mideast may become uninhabitable (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
New evidence is deepening scientific fears, advanced few years ago, that the Middle East and North Africa risk becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years.

Caribbean : SPARKS plugs gap in climate research (PRIV)
(IPS, Kingston)
On November 30 last year, a new high-performance "Super Computer" was installed at the University of the West Indies (UWI) during climate change week.

Kenya : Climate change making droughts more severe (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The Super El Nino of 2015 to 2016 wrought droughts and floods around the world, yet it is its sister La Nina that is now fuelling drought and hunger in East Africa.

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