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SUNS # 8928 Wednesday 19 June 2019

Trade : India, South Africa stress on policy space over e-com duties moratorium   (D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva) (PRIV)
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India and South Africa on Monday (17 June) stood their ground at the World Trade Organisation on their central demand for preserving "policy and regulatory space" by reconsidering the existing moratorium for not levying the customs duties on electronic transmissions, which is set to expire at the end of this year.

Climate : Parties outline priorities for talks   (Evelyn Teh, Bonn) (PRIV)
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The climate talks in Bonn, Germany, have kicked off on 17 June, with the convening of the 50th sessions of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), which are scheduled to complete their work on 27 June.

United Nations : UN's Development Goals remain largely elusive   (IPS, New York) (PRIV)
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The United Nations, in a new report to be released next month, has warned "there is no escaping the fact that the global landscape for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has generally deteriorated since 2015, hindering the efforts of governments and other partners".

Environment : Air pollution ranked as biggest environmental threat to health   (IPS, New York) (PRIV)
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In a world that is becoming more and more industrial by the day, air pollution appears to be on the rise.

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