WTO’s MC8: Some Critical Issues for Developing Countries

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2011
Analytical Note, December 2011

This Analytical Note provides an overview of the following: issues at stake in MC8 for developing countries and key messages for Ministers; the state of play including the main events that took place in the production of the ‘Elements for Political Guidance’ text; the legal status of the Chairman’s Statement as the outcome document of the Ministerial; important process issues to be mindful of during the Ministerial; a detailed look at the issues in the ‘Elements for Political Guidance’ text; and a paragraph by paragraph analysis of the ‘Elements’ text.

Call to Action! - WTO Turnaround / 8th Ministerial in Geneva, 2011

Inexplicably, the WTO has yet again announced an accelerated schedule of negotiations this spring, after some governments agreed at the November 2010 meetings of the G20 to push for a conclusion the Doha Round of WTO expansion negotiations in 2011. OWINFS encourages social movements and civil society organizations concerned about the impacts of the WTO on workers, farmers, women, the environment, and our future, to organize national pressure immediately on your Trade Minister and other national officials!

OWINFS Programme during People's Week of Collective Action Against the G20 in Seoul

Original Publication Date: 
8 March, 2011
Programme of Activities during the People's Week of Collective Action Against the G20 in Seoul, South Korea, November 6-12, 2010

PUT PEOPLE FIRST, NOT FINANCES (Mobilize for the G8 and the G20 in France in 2011)


Call from Dakar to Mobilize for the G8 and the G20 in France in 2011


Confronting the G8, May 21st and 22nd, 2011 in Deauville

Confronting the G20, from October 31st to November 5th, 2011 in Cannes


Gathered at the Action against the G8/G20 Convergence Assembly at the World Social Forum in Dakar, we - social movements, trade unions, international solidarity associations, women and men from all continents - call for massive popular mobilizations during the G8 summit on May 26th and 27th in Deauville and the G20 summit on November 3rd and 4th in Cannes. Here in Dakar, we have debated about the way to address the social, ecological, economic and geopolitical crises that together constitute a true crisis of civilization...

G20 Platform of Common Demands

Original Publication Date: 
6 November, 2010
The G20 is an unelected and select group of countries whose membership was originally drawn in response to the financial crises of the 1990s.1 The group came to its current position of prominence as a result of the latest wave of crises starting in 2007, as it had become clear that the G8 were incapable of responding without the collaboration of those from outside their number. The G20 has illegitimately proclaimed itself to be the premier forum of global economic governance for the future. In particular, the G20 seeks to dictate which bodies should be entrusted with responsibility for policing the global economy on its behalf. The G20’s policy agenda is driven primarily by the interests of global capital, as business leaders meet regularly in closed session with G20 ministers in the run-up to the G20 summits.G20 is trying to promote further liberalisation of trade, investment, finance and public services as a solution to the crisis. Recognizing that profound and fundamental change to the system is the ONLY solution to the crisis, member organisations and social movements of Our World Is Not For Sale make the following demands:

Support proposals from Cochabamba Agreement in climate talks in Tianjin and Cancun! CJN!

During the last Climate Talks in Bonn in August some concrete proposals were
brought to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) in order to advance the negotiations to cut the greenhouse gas
emissions in a new and positive way. The main demands of the World Peoples
Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (Cochabamba, April
2010) have been incorporated in the negotiation text of the Ad Hoc Working Group on
Long-term Cooperation under the UNFCCC.

Everyone to Seoul to Stop the G20 and the Corporate Agenda! (November 6-12, 2010)





Join the People's Week of Collective Actions in Seoul, November 6 to 12, 2010

October 1: International Day of Action against pre-Summit attack in South Korea (G20)

On October 1st tell the South Korean government and the world that the G20 Summit is NO EXCUSE for Repression by participating in the International Day of Action against the pre-Summit attack on Democratic and Human Rights in South Korea.

Confronting the G-20…A Discussion Paper for Strategic Planning by Social Movements and Allied NGO’s

Original Publication Date: 
24 June, 2010

The following paper is based on a document researched and written by John Dillon, entitled, From Pittsburgh to Toronto (and on to Seoul and Paris): What’s On The G-20 Agenda?,  published by KAIROS [Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives] in Canada. In order to provide a background tool that could be used by social movements and allied NGOs for strategic discussion purposes about the G-20, the KAIROS document has been reworked and edited. This task has been carried out by Tony Clarke of the Polaris Institute in Canada. It is a shortened version of the original document but includes many relevant excerpts as well as some additions.The discussion paper that follows contains a summary of 7 key themes that need to be considered in developing strategies for ‘confronting the G-20:

  • Transition from G-8 to G-20
  • Global Crises Management
  • G-20s Economic Crisis Agenda
  • G-20’s Financial Crisis Agenda
  • G-20’s Climate Crisis Agenda
  • Global Trade & the G-20
  • Alternatives for Global Governance

Indonesia: Mobilization for Turn Around WTO Campaign and Advocacy

Mobilization for Turn Around WTO Campaign and Advocacy

Global trade must serve the interests of sustainable development

Original Publication Date: 
2 December, 2009

Trade Unions in the Americas urge governments and trade negotiators gathered in Geneva to fulfill the commitments of the Global Jobs Pact
Victor Baez*

The trade union organizations affiliated to the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) have been closely following the Doha Round negotiations since they were reactivated in 2007. The trade union movement remains mobilized before the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva.

The Meaning of Seattle: Truth Only Becomes True Through Action

Original Publication Date: 
1 December, 2009

WTO+10: Before 1999, the momentum of globalization seemed to sweep everything in front of it, including the truth. But in Seattle, ordinary women and men made truth real with collective action.

The U.S. needs a new deal on trade with more opportunities for American exports

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2009
FOR weeks before the 1999 World Trade Organization Ministerial meeting in Seattle, state and local authorities had known that peaceful protests were being planned around the Washington State Convention & Trade Center. But as I drove through downtown on the night of Nov. 29 and saw waves of people returning from a rally waving placards, I got a sinking feeling that the anti-trade sentiment was stronger than people had anticipated. Was it ever.

Informal Group of Developing Countries COMMUNIQUE November 30, 2009

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2009
We, Ministers of the informal Group of Developing Countries met in Geneva on 30 November 2009 on the occasion of the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference, to coordinate positions and assess the ramifications of the rapidly changing international trading environment on our countries’ interests;

G-10 COMMUNIQUE: November 30, 2009

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2009
Ministers of the G-10 met in Geneva today (Monday 30 November 2009) ahead of the 7th Session of the WTO Ministerial conference that will start this afternoon. They assessed the state of play of the DDA negotiations and their priorities in the negotiations on agriculture.

Letter from the Director General of the WTO, Mr. Pascal Lamy, to the 400 plus journalists accredited for the 7th Ministerial Conference.

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2009

Welcome to the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference! This WTO Ministerial Conference will be a bit different from those many of you have attended in the past. Unlike previous Conferences this meeting will not be a Doha Round negotiating session, but rather a chance for Ministers to reflect on all elements of our work, exchange ideas and extend guidance on the best way forward in the years to come.

Legitimacy of WTO Hangs by a Thread

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2009
I've also just returned from a protest march against the WTO here in Geneva, attended by many people, including activists from many parts of the world.

International Gender and Trade Network at the WTO Ministerial in Geneva

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2009

International Gender and Trade Network at the WTO Ministerial in Geneva

30 Nov – 2 Dec 2009

Nothing more could attest to the failure of the neoliberal dogma than the current global crises. Pure faith in the market as the sole and most efficient allocator of resources for society has dominated all aspects of economic policy (finance, trade, investments, public services delivery) and had negative consequences on people’s lives across nations, classes, ethnicities and gender. 

WTO Wirodhi Bharatiya Jan Abhiyan: Statement on the Eve of 7th WTO Ministerial in Geneva

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2009
The negotiations in various negotiating groups in Geneva are proceeding in a non-transparent manner. However, there are reasons to believe that India has substantially moved away from its earlier position, particularly in regard to Agriculture as well as NAMA (Non-Agricultural Market Access) and is virtually ready to accept what was dramatically rejected by the erstwhile Commerce Minister Kamal Nath less than a year ago under the UPA-I. The reasons for such a volte face are not known. The statements emanating from government spokespersons give the impression that ground is being prepared for justifying such an eventuality.