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SUNS # 8930 Friday 21 June 2019

Trade : South countries establish "common platform" on WTO reform   (D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva) (PRIV)
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Trade envoys from 38 developing countries, at a retreat on Wednesday (19 June) in Geneva, decided to establish a "common platform" for pursuing an "inclusive" and "developmental" agenda in the ongoing discussions on "reforms" at the World Trade Organization, several trade envoys told the SUNS.

Rights : Saudi Arabia responsible for killing Kashoggi, says UN expert   (Kanaga Raja, Geneva) (PRIV)
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The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi constitutes an "extrajudicial killing" for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible, a UN human rights expert has said.

Climate : Work begins on unresolved issues on market/non-market mechanisms   (Prerna Bomzan, Bonn) (PRIV)
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Work to develop the operational details of the market and non-market mechanisms under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (PA) were launched on 19 June, at the resumed first meeting of the contact group organised by the Chair of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at the Bonn climate talks.

UN : There's no continent, no country not impacted by land degradation   (IPS, Ankara) (PRIV)
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The coming decades will be crucial in shaping and implementing a transformative land agenda, according to a scientist at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN).

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