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SUNS # 8819 Tuesday 18 December 2018

Trade : Attempts to launch plurilateral talks on e-com remain in disarray (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
Attempts to launch plurilateral negotiati ons for establishing new rules on electronic commerce at the World Trade Organization remain in disarray following China's opposition to binding provisions for free cross-border data flows, preventing data localization, and protection of source code among others, trade envoys told SUNS.

Brazil : Will test a government in direct connection with voters (PRIV)
(IPS, Rio de Janeiro)
The government that will take o ffice on Jan. 1 in Brazil, presided over by Jair Bolsonaro, will put to the test the extreme right in power, with beliefs that sound anachronistic and a managem ent based on a direct connection with the public.

Rights : Citizen action in Europe's periphery - "an antidote to powerlessnes s" (PRIV)
(IPS, Ghent)
Unjustified extra charges on drinking water, exploitation of labourers in the countryside and uncontroll ed property speculation.

Canada : Conserving diverse marine life (PRIV)
(IPS, Uxbridge)
Despite the deep, cold waters, newly discovered undersea mountains off Canada's west coast are home to a rich diversity of life.

Rights : GCM adoption - an approval for change or business as usual? (PRIV)
(IPS, Marrakech)
The Global Compact on Migration is now official. But what next?

Opinion : Political commitment key to health for all (PRIV)
(IPS, Nairobi)
One of my proudest accomplishments as the former UN secretary- general was playing a part in the ambitious global agenda for sustainable development (SDGs), including the goal of universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030.

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