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SUNS # 8685 Wednesday 23 May 2018

Trade : US settles for low-ambition agreement with China (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
After months of sustained threats and warnings of dire consequences, the United States on Friday settled for a low-ambition agreement with China.

United Nations : HRC to dispatch urgent probe on Gaza violence (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of in quiry to investigate all alleged violations and abuses in the occupied Gaza Strip , in the context of the Israeli military assaults, and what the High Commissioner fo r Human Rights on 18 May called "appalling" and "horrific"events of the past week.

WHO : Non-communicable diseases draft report favours corporate interest (PRIV)
(K. M. Gopakumar, Geneva)
The recommendations of a draft report o n non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that is work in progress disturbingly favo ur corporate interest.

WHO : Proposed WP on "fair price" undermines affordability of medicines (PRIV)
(K. M. Gopakumar, Geneva)
The proposed work program (WP) on fair price raises concerns on affordability of medicines.

Climate : Respect understanding on differentiation between North, South (PRIV)
(TWN, Penang)
Ministers of BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), at their 26th ministerial meeting held in Durban, South Africa, on 19-20 May, underlined the importance of an "open, transparent, inclusive and Party-driven process towards the completion of the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP)".

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