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SUNS # 8813 Monday 10 December 2018

Trade : Saudi Arabia blocks Qatari panel request over protection of IPRs (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
A request for a dispute panel by Qatar over Saudi Arabia's alleged failure to provide adequate protection of intellectual pro perty rights (IPRs), in particular with respect to IPRs held (or applied for) by entities based in Qatar was blocked by Saudi Arabia at a meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 4 December.

Climate : APA Co-chairs to prepare negotiating texts on Paris Work Programme (PRIV)
(Prerna Bomzan and Meena Raman, Katowice)
At a stocktake plenary held on 6 Dec, the Co-chairs of the UNFCCC's Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) informed Parties the time had come for the Chairs to produce their "own proposals," to help the process forward and that based o n "where possible landing zones are emerging or may lie," the Co-Chairs will produce the next iterations of the negotiating texts "under their own responsibility", which would be made available to Parties on 7 Dec for thei r consideration.

United Nations : Will Member States help offset US funding cuts to UN? (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The speculation that the Trump administration plans to reduce its mandatory assessed financial contributio ns to the UN's regular budget was implicitly confirmed when the US president told delegates last September that Washington "is working to shift more of our funding, from assessed contributions to voluntary contributions, so that we can target American resources to the programs with the best record of success."

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