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SUNS # 8593 Monday 11 December 2017

Trade : Argentine sleight of hand to advance North's agenda at MC11? (PRIV)
(Chakravarthi Raghavan, Geneva)
If the Mauricio Macri government of Argentina, hosts to the WTO's eleventh ministerial conference (MC11), perhaps in collaboration with, or connivance of, parts of the WTO leadership, is seeking to create diversions (like a magician on a stage focussing the audience's attention on the left hand, while the right carries out tricks) to promote some Northern agenda, they cannot do a better job than they are doing now in pre-conference moves.

Trade : CSOs highlight dangers of pursuing e-com agenda in trade talks (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Several dozen civil society organisations and individuals have issued a statement on the eve of the eleventh WTO ministerial conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires underscoring the procedural shortcomings and the substantive dangers involved in discussing e-commerce issues in trade negotiations.

United Nations : Post-nuclear nightmares still linger over Pacific Islands (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The Pacific islands have long remained victims of nuclear crimes - but the perpetrators, three of the world's major powers with permanent seats in the UN Security Council, never paid for their deadly sins.

Development : South-South cooperation key to a new multilateralism (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
"There are new challenges to all states: among them, the real threat to multilateralism ... South-South and triangular cooperation can contribute to a new multilateralism and drive the revitalisation of the global partnership for sustainable development."

Bangladesh : Rohingya refugees face fresh ordeal in crowded camps (PRIV)
(IPS, Cox's Bazar)
Mariam Akhtar, 23, is desperately searching for her young daughter two weeks after arriving from Myanmar in Cox's Bazar, a southeastern coastal district in Bangladesh.

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