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SUNS # 8875 Wednesday 27 March 2019

Trade : US and allies circulated proposals on e-com pluri-accord (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The United States and several other count ries circulated informal proposals on 25 March for negotiating plurilateral mark et access commitments in electronic commerce at the World Trade Organization, in what would appear to be a clear violation of the existing 1998 multilateral work program on e-commerce, trade envoys told SUNS.

Trade : Guatemala initiates dispute over India's support for sugarcane (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Guatemala has initiated a dispute at the Wo rld Trade Organisation (WTO) over domestic support measures and alleged export subsidies provided by India to producers of sugarcane and sugar.

Development : South-South cooperation now triangulates with the North (PRIV)
(IPS, Buenos Aires)
It sounds like a contradictory play on words, but the countries of the industrialised North are currently the b ig supporters of South-South cooperation, as was demonstrated at the United Nations Second High-Level Conference on this subject, held in the Argentine capital.

Q&A : Why treating leprosy as special disease violates rights of person affe cted (PRIV)
(IPS, Majuro)
His multiple awards and degrees aside, Dr. Arturo Cunanan is known as a people's doctor; one who has profound belief i n the human rights of every person affected by Hansen's disease, commonly known a s leprosy.

Opinion : The destruction of the environment - an unfolding tragedy (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Late last year the World Wide Fund for Nature released their Living Planet Report for 2018.

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