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SUNS # 8860 Wednesday 6 March 2019

Trade : US announces intention to terminate GSP benefits to India, Turkey   (D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva) (PRIV)
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The United States on Monday (4 March) announced its intention to terminate benefits accruing to exporters from India and Turkey under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program on controversial grounds, signaling a new phase of an aggressive pursuit of unilateral trade relations akin to the Monroe Doctrine.

Trade : China provided support to wheat, rice in excess of its WTO limits   (Kanaga Raja, Geneva) (PRIV)
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A dispute panel at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that China has provided domestic support - in the form of market price support - to producers of wheat, Indica rice and Japonica rice in excess of its WTO commitment levels.

Climate : GCF Board approves projects worth USD 440 million   (Indrajit Bose, Songdo) (PRIV)
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The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved, with conditions, nine projects worth USD 440 million at its 22nd meeting in Songdo, Republic of Korea, from 26 to 28 February.

Health : First Asian leprosy assembly calls for greater social inclusion   (IPS, Manila) (PRIV)
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Growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal, Amar Bahadur Timalsina wasn't allowed to attend school as a young boy because he was affected by leprosy.

Q&A : Important to treat anyone suffering from leprosy as equal individual   (IPS, Manila) (PRIV)
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Discrimination against women who are affected by leprosy or Hansen's Disease is a harsh reality, says Alice Cruz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members.

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