- Published on Saturday, 17 November 2001 00:30
It’s time to stop corporate globalization and to fight for another world we know is possible. In November 1999, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Third Ministerial Meeting in Seattle collapsed in spectacular fashion, in the face of unprecedented protest from people and governments around the world. Since then around the world in rich and poor nations alike, millions of people have joined the fight for a just and sustainable future and against corporate globalization.
Despite the promises to improve the system made at the end of the Seattle ministerial aimed at countering the WTO’s crisis of legitimacy, no improvements have taken place and instead things have gotten worse. The time is overdue to roll back the power and authority of the WTO. The democratic, transparency and accountability deficits in this institution, which supposedly promotes free trade, have in fact only contributed to the concentration of wealth in the hands of the rich few, growing inequality within and between nations, increasing poverty for the majority of the world’s peoples, displacement of farmers and workers especially in third world countries, and unsustainable patterns of production and consumption.
- Published on Friday, 02 November 2001 00:19
EU position threatens development, environmental sustainability and democracy
Press conference: Wednesday 7 November, 11 am
International Press Center, Résidence Palace,
155 Rue de la Loi, B-1040 Brussels
Raoul Jennar, Oxfam Solidarity: The EU position against the South
Gérard Choplin, CPE (member Via Campesina): Food Sovereignty: What is at stake?
Alexandra Wandel, Friends of the Earth Europe: Environmental Sustainability, Civil Society demands and actions around the Ministerial
- Published on Thursday, 01 November 2001 00:00
For many hundreds of civil society groups and NGOs around the world, TRIPS represents one of the most damaging aspects of the WTO. The legitimacy of the WTO is closely linked to that of TRIPS. TRIPS has, in fact, given the multilateral trade system a bad name. Contrary to the so-called free trade and trade liberalisation principles of the WTO, TRIPS is being used as a protectionist instrument to promote corporate monopolies over technologies, seeds, genes and medicines. Through TRIPS, large corporations use intellectual property rights to protect their markets, and to prevent competition. Excessively high levels of intellectual property protection required by TRIPS have shifted the balance away from the public interest, towards the monopolistic privileges of IPR holders. This undermines sustainable development objectives, including eradicating poverty, meeting public health needs, conserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights.
- Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2001 23:45
Latest draft of wto ministerial spells disaster for least developed and developing countries, slaps global citizens movement. A blatant lack of democratic process prevails at the WTO as a "complete" text is steamrolled into a proposed launch of negotiations despite continued protests by majority of wto members and civil societyA new draft of a Ministerial Declaration for the WTO's upcoming Doha summit released this weekend was repudiated strongly by civil society groups from around the world today. The latest attempt to prepare a document for the WTO meeting, which is planned for November 9-13 in Doha, Qatar, was met with outrage by civil society and disbelief and frustration by developing countries and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) because the tone and content of the new text presumes a consensus on a future WTO agenda which does not exist. Non-governmental organizations from around the world called on their governments to denounce this text as illegitimate and to oppose it being moved forward for use at the WTO Doha Ministerial.