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Police, protesters clash ahead of WTO conference

Original Publication Date: 
28 November, 2009

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Police, protesters clash ahead of WTO conference
From correspondents in Geneva
Agence France-Presse
November 29, 2009 04:55am

SWISS police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hooded protesters who broke windows and set cars alight during a demonstration ahead of a major WTO conference in Geneva.

WTO Geneva Summit Prefaced by Riot

Original Publication Date: 
28 November, 2009

Cars Burned, Windows Broken in Protest of World Trade Meeting; Police Respond With Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets; 14 ArrestedCBS/AP)  Police with water cannon fired tear gas and rubber bullets Saturday to separate violent demonstrators from a protest opposing a meeting of top world trade officials, but the hooded "black bloc" activists were able to cause damage before 14 were arrested, spokesmen said.

COP15: Agriculture and climate change: real problems, false solutions

Original Publication Date: 
27 November, 2009

The report looks at current carbon trading proposals for agriculture, especially soils. Some of the false solutions being proposed for climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture are analysed, including what is behind them and who is promoting them.

Senior Chinese Official Criticizes U.S. bilaterals on Doha, Sees No Room to Meet

Original Publication Date: 
27 November, 2009
Geneva -- A senior Chinese official has strongly criticized as ineffective and counterproductive to the multilateral Doha round negotiations a U.S. effort to extract more market access concessions from key countries in bilateral meetings.

MULTILATERALISM 2.0 – will trade ministers take up the challenge?

Original Publication Date: 
26 November, 2009
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is getting ready for its 7th ministerial conference, to take place from November 30 to December 2, 2009 in Geneva. As trade ministers pack their suitcases, a few of them must be asking questions about the value of the trip. More than a year after the July 2008 mini-ministerial collapsed in acrimony, the Doha talks have not moved an inch – except to go backwards, according to some developing country representatives.

South Centre’s Papers on the WTO for the Seventh

Original Publication Date: 
26 November, 2009
The South Centre is pleased to announce the publication of the following documents for the Seventh WTO Ministerial Conference.

Action Press Release: The European Union Must Stop False Solutions to Climate Change

Original Publication Date: 
25 November, 2009
Eleven days before the fifteenth Conference of the Parties under the United Nations’ Climate Change Convention that will be held in Copenhagen between the 7th and the 18th of December, an issue which remains controversial is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union and the Indonesian government, designed to support trade liberalisation between the two region as well as increase cooperation in the mitigation of climate change, in part through the provision of 550 million Euros of funding.

Inside U.S. trade - Finance Fails To Vote On USTR Punke, Siddiqui Nominations

Original Publication Date: 
25 November, 2009
The Senate Finance Committee did not vote on the nominations of Michael Punke to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and Islam Siddiqui to be chief agriculture negotiator at USTR on Saturday, November 21.

Time to kill off Doha, Pascal Lamy is wrong: the Doha round of talks offers nothing to the world's poorest countries. The WTO has failed to deliver

Original Publication Date: 
25 November, 2009

Monday 30 November marks the 10th anniversary of the Battle in Seattle, the day in 1999 when 100,000 protesters took to the streets and prevented the World Trade Organisation from launching its millennium round of free trade talks. The WTO is marking the occasion with another ministerial summit, and is understandably nervous – not because it fears another spectacular uprising (the summit is being held in genteel Geneva) but because the future of the WTO as a credible institution once again hangs in the balance.

Change Trade, Not our Climate!

Original Publication Date: 
6 October, 2009
One way or another change is on the way: if we don’t change the rules of the global economy we won’t be able to limit climate change.

India Betrays Farmers and Workers by Endorsing WTO December Texts; Mini-Ministerial Results in More US Demands

Original Publication Date: 
4 September, 2009
The much hyped Delhi mini-ministerial ended today with most developing country delegates saying that it was business as usual with negotiations going back to Geneva and Chairs of the Negotiating Committees of the Doha Round. However, Indian Commerce Minister Sharma summarized the meeting by saying that both the G20 and the G33, "were of the view that the texts of December 2008 must form the basis of future work."

"Mini-Ministerial Meeting Should Change WTO Tack on Food"

Original Publication Date: 
3 September, 2009
A group of 125 non-governmental organisations from 50 countries is calling on the governments participating in the mini-ministerial trade talks in India over the next two days to reject the further liberalisation of food and rather promote policies that will achieve food security and rural development and safeguard farmers’ livelihoods. The organisations, of which 13 are in Africa, argue in a letter to the 36 countries attending the mini-ministerial meeting that the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) policies have resulted in "a failed global agricultural system including extremely volatile commodities markets, a lack of global access to nutritious and affordable food, an increase in hunger, and the erosion of farmers’ incomes.

Letter from 125 non-governmental organisations from 50 countries, calling on the governments participating in the mini-ministerial trade talks in India to reject the further liberalisation of food ... September 2009

We, 125 organizations from over 50 countries are writing to urge you to represent the interests of farmers, workers, consumers, women, and the environment, by rejecting the further liberalization of trade in food in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and instead, calling for policies which will achieve food security, rural development and safeguard farmers’ livelihoods through Food Sovereignty.

Pacific Conference of Churches launches PANG report on Australian and NZ ‘power politics’ to launch PACER-Plus negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
29 August, 2009

General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, Fei Tevi, formally launched a new report from the Pacific Network on Globalisation on July 30.  The report (Speaking Truth to Power: Australian and New Zealand power plays to launch Pacific free trade negotiations) exposes the often secret world of regional trade discussions - where meetings between Pacific government officials and their Australian and New Zealand counterparts are held 'behind closed doors'. 

Asian Peoples' Solidarity for Climate Justice Day of Action

Day of Action 9am to 12 noon, October 5 2009 Bangkok, Thailand

Derailing Doha and the pathway to a new paradigm: How WTO’s collapse clears the way to solve today’s food, fuel, and financial

Original Publication Date: 
30 July, 2009
As experts dissect the collapse of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round of global trade talks to explain its causes and effects, many are missing how it signals a shift in the sensibilities of people everywhere to end of the era of global free trade and renew government’s rightful role in regulating commerce, especially in the critical areas of fuel, food, and finance.

European Union urged to reconsider its role in Central America

Original Publication Date: 
1 July, 2009

Versión española abajo.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release: Wednesday July 1, 2009

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EUROPEAN UNION URGED TO RECONSIDER ITS ROLE IN CENTRAL AMERICA
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UN: North's bailouts destroyed trading system's playing field, says Stiglitz

Original Publication Date: 
29 June, 2009

New York, 26 Jun (Bhumika Muchhala) -- The bailouts given to companies in developed countries have destroyed the framework of the multilateral trading system for a level playing field, according to the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

 

Speaking at the UN conference on the global financial and economic crisis, Stiglitz said that the massive bailouts and stimulus programmes of the rich countries have "destroyed the framework for an international and multilateral global playing field for trade."

 

Trade Act provides road map to new American trade model

Original Publication Date: 
29 June, 2009
WOW - when's the last time 106 congressional Representatives - 9 full committee chairs and 40 subcommittee chairs included - were original cosponsors of any legislation, much less agreed on a new way forward on the contentious issue of trade?

Africa: Deeper regional integration needed in response to crisis

Original Publication Date: 
26 June, 2009

Geneva, 25 Jun (Kanaga Raja) -- The global economic crisis, which has reached the African continent, requires the re-examination of existing approaches to international development, with one important response being deeper regional integration to address the long-standing structural weaknesses of African economies, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said Thursday.