- Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2007 07:00
Peoples’ Memorandum to the G33 Ministerial meeting in Jakarta:
Now is the time for Food Sovereignty
21st March 2007
We, representatives of peasant organisations, social movements and civil society organisations from across the world welcome the trade ministers from the Group of 33 to Indonesia. We recognise the importance of the G33 meeting at this juncture when the developing countries are under significant pressure to reduce their tariffs and allow more “market access” to agricultural products from the US and EU. We recognize that your efforts to resist this pressure and to gain meaningful special and differential treatment in the Doha round of WTO negotiations are important, however we would like to raise some vital issues and demands.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2007 01:57
Today (20/3), hundreds of farmers, youth, and farm workers from Federasi Serikat Petani Indonesia (FSPI) march in front of Grand Melia Hotel, Jakarta to strongly urge the G33 countries to stand by the people. Several farmers blocked the exit of Grand Melia, and waved the ultimate sign "Our World Is Not For Sale"—right in the front of the delegates' way out.
- Published on Tuesday, 20 March 2007 22:52
International Day of Action against the Korea-U.S. FTA and All U.S. FTAs
Proposal for the International Day of Action on Sunday, March 25, 2007
We, the Korean Alliance against Korea-US FTA (KoA), call for an international day of joint action on Sunday, March 25, 2007. To the people struggling to stop the spread of neoliberal globalization, we ask for your solidarity and strength in stopping the Korea-U.S. FTA and all U.S. FTAs.
The 8 th round of negotiations for the Korea-U.S. FTA begins on March 8. Both the U.S. and South Korea expect to reach an agreement by the end of March, when all free trade agreements must be submitted to the U.S. Congress for a vote by the end of June to meet the deadline for the U.S. president's Trade Promotion Authority. At the moment, the U.S. has concluded or is undergoing free trade negations with several countries, including Peru, Colombia, Panama, South Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia. For countries such as Peru and Colombia, signed agreements are already in the U.S. Congress and in respective legislatures for vote.
- Published on Tuesday, 20 March 2007 21:39
Bangkok Post, 18 March 2007
Women delegates from all continents at the World Forum on Food Sovereignty renewed their commitment to self reliance in food and social justice, writes SUPARA JANCHITFAH
This open-air auditorium served as the venue for delegates from 98 countries to exchange their ideas and formulate their action plans to fight for food sovereignty.