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SUNS # 8697 Friday 8 June 2018

Trade : Trump calls WTO a disaster, but wants new disciplines on innovation (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Even as the United States President Donald Trump continues to abuse the World Trade Organization as a "disaster", his officials along with those of other developed countries are pushing for new disciplines for "innovation" while blocking progress for affordable access to medicines based on the United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicin es, trade negotiators told SUNS.

Finance : Global FDI flows fell by 23% last year, says UNCTAD (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell sharply by 23 per cent to $1.43 trillion in 2017, from a revised $1.87 tril lion in 2016, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

UN : Eliminating violence and harmful practices against women and girls (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
New York, 6 Jun (IPS/Natalia Kanem, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka & Achim Steiner*) -- The numbers are shocking: at least one in three women on the p lanet has suffered physical or sexual violence, usually at the hands of a family member or intimate partner.

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