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SUNS # 8973 Tuesday 10 September 2019

Trade : Azevedo urges compromise on new chair for fisheries talks   (D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva) (PRIV)
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The World Trade Organization's director-general Roberto Azevedo on Monday (9 September) urged members to find a compromise on the appointment of a new chair for the Doha rules negotiating body, trade envoys told the SUNS.

UN : Are 9-to-5 jobs fast becoming history - even at the UN?   (IPS, New York) (PRIV)
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With the rapid leap in digital technology - including increased access to conference calls, e-translations, skype, text messaging and emails - more and more offices in the United States are providing employees with an option to "work from home".

UN : Desertification costs world economy up to $15 trillion   (IPS, New York) (PRIV)
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Forest fires, droughts and other forms of land degradation cost the global economy as much as 15 trillion dollars every year and are deepening the climate change crisis, a top United Nations environment official said Friday.

Health : First global forum of leprosy-affected people's organisations   (IPS, Manila) (PRIV)
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Being part of a platform where leprosy-affected people from all over the world can freely interact, exchange and share opinions, ideas, experiences and strategies was always something Tasfaye Tadesse dreamt of.

Health : Global network key to strengthening leprosy organisations   (IPS, Manila) (PRIV)
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Organisations of people affected by Hansen's Disease or leprosy agree that a global network of volunteer groups is key to eradicating the disease, but concrete steps need to be taken to move the idea from an often-discussed concept to a reality.

Africa : SMEs the main drivers of the food economy   (IPS, Accra) (PRIV)
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Viola Kiptanui, a resident of Langas estate in the outskirts of Kenya's Eldoret town, has discovered a new way of life thanks to a new smallholder entrepreneurship venture.

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