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SUNS # 8613 Friday 2 February 2018

Trade : WTO Members debate how to organise work on fisheries subsidies (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The WTO Negotiating Group on Rules, at its first meeting since the eleventh WTO ministerial conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires last December, discussed how to set about work towards adopting an agreement on fisheries subsidies by 2019.

Rights : OHCHR reviews some 206 companies linked to Israeli settlements (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has identified 206 business enterprises that were involved in specific activities related to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, and is now in the process of reviewing the nature of their activities.

Development : Create "sponge cities" to tackle worsening floods (PRIV)
(Martin Khor, Penang)
With floods now causing more damage more frequently around the world, it is time to counter their effects by turning our towns into "Sponge Cities", a recent trend popularised by China to absorb rainwater through permeable roads and pavements, parks, rooftop gardens and other green spaces.

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