Inexplicablemente, la OMC ha anunciado una vez más su intención de establecer un cronograma intenso de negociaciones para la primavera boreal, luego de que algunos gobiernos acordaran en las reuniones del G20 de noviembre de 2010, impulsar en 2011 la conclusión de las negociaciones de la Ronda de Doha para la expansión de la OMC.
Estimados/as Ministros/as de Finanzas del G20:
Mientras están reunidos en Washington DC para discutir sobre temas urgentes relacionados a la economía mundial, apelamos a que protejan la capacidad de los gobiernos de implementar políticas que restablezcan y mantengan la estabilidad financiera en el marco de la peor crisis económica y financiera de las últimas décadas.
Nos preocupa el riesgo que corren importantes políticas de reforma financiera que tanto los gobiernos del G20 como los que no pertenecen a este grupo quieren implementar para evitar crisis futuras. Los principales negociadores, economistas, expertos en finanzas y abogados en materia comercial han advertido que las actuales disposiciones de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) sobre servicios financieros limitan a los países en su uso de importantes medidas financieras regulatorias, como por ejemplo algunas políticas promovidas por el G20 para evitar flujos rápidos de capital y aquellas diseñadas para limitar los riesgos que puede significar el comercio de derivados para la estabilidad financiera y en términos de anomalías en el precio de las commodities.
As you gather in Washington, D.C. to address pressing issues facing the global economy, we call on you to safeguard governments’ ability to implement policies that will reestablish and maintain financial stability in the wake of the worst financial and economic crisis in decades.
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...
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:
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.
The fifth G20 Summit will be held in Seoul on November 11th to 12th. This meeting has grave consequences for the people of Korea and the entire world. The G20 has appointed itself the principal body responsible for finding a solution to the global economic crisis and managing the world economy. Yet it excludes the majority of poor and developing nations from decision-making. It also seeks to make common people shoulder the burden of the crisis and to promote neoliberal policies, which have already created vast poverty and increased inequality. In addition, the South Korean government is using the upcoming summit as an excuse to severely restrict democratic rights and carry out a crackdown on migrants, street vendors and homeless people.
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.