- Published on Saturday, 02 February 2002 02:46
1) In the face of continuing deterioration in the living conditions of people, we, social movements from all around the world, have come together in the tens of thousands at the second World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. We are here in spite of the attempts to break our solidarity. We come together again to continue our struggles against neoliberalism and war, to confirm the agreements of the last Forum and to reaffirm that another world is possible.
2) We are diverse - women and men, adults and youth, indigenous peoples, rural and urban, workers and unemployed, homeless, the elderly, students, migrants, professionals, peoples of every creed, colour and sexual orientation. The expression of this diversity is our strength and the basis of our unity. We are a global solidarity movement, united in our determination to fight against the concentration of wealth, the proliferation of poverty and inequalities, and the destruction of our earth. We are living and constructing alternative systems, and using creative ways to promote them. We are building a large alliance from our struggles and resistance against a system based on sexism, racism and violence, which privileges the interests of capital and patriarchy over the needs and aspirations of people.
- Published on Sunday, 18 November 2001 00:37
Dear friends and colleagues,
We write to introduce the Joint NGO statement, "Re-thinking TRIPS in the WTO - NGOs demand review and reform of TRIPS at Doha Ministerial Conference", and to request you to consider signing on to it. This Joint Statement is an effort to bring together the many NGOs and civil society groups campaigning on different aspects of TRIPS on a common platform to demand a fundamental review and reform of TRIPS, in light of the forthcoming 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar.
- 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