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Brisbane 2014: G20 Peoples' Summit and March, Nov. 12-15, 2014




OWINFS G20+ WILL BE AT THE G20 PEOPLES' SUMMIT AND MARCH !!!
Standing firm besides Brisbane Community Action Network BrisCAN and Brisbane's community !!!

Events include:

The Free Trade and Investment Regimes: an Attack on Peoples’ Rights, the Commons and Democracy

UNCTAD Secretary General Mr M. Kituyi Respond to Global Civil Society Letter on the Role of UNCTAD on Investment Issues

Original Publication Date: 
23 October, 2014
In this response to global civil society groups letter, UNCTAD Secretary General Mr M. Kituyi's share the concerns of global civil society groups on the implications of current investment regime and expressed hope that proposed reforms of international investment agreements and investor state dispute settlement system (ISDS) will help to improve them system.

"What we need is system change!" / G20 Counter-Summit Final Declaration, St-Petersburg, Russia (Sept. 2013)


DECLARATION OF THE G20 COUNTER-SUMMIT
St Petersburg, 4 September 2013

Social movements and civil society organizations from different parts of the world have met on 3 -4 September 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on the eve of the G20 Summit and in a context of the threat by the United States of America (USA) to attack Syria. With the participation of more than 30 international delegates of world social movements, our G20 Counter-Summit, was hosted by the Post-Globalization Initiative.

Hay que abrir el TISA al debate público, dicen los expertos en el primer foro mundial

Original Publication Date: 
18 October, 2014
Desde la educación al transporte, pasando por las finanzas o la salud, el nuevo Acuerdo sobre el Comercio de Servicios (TISA) plantea amenazas serias para la calidad de los servicios que ofrecen distintos sectores públicos que afectan a la vida de los ciudadanos y ciudadanas. Este es uno de los resultados del primer Foro Mundial sobre el Comercio de Servicios, celebrado en Ginebra el 17 de octubre de 2014, organizado conjuntamente por la Internacional de Servicios Públicos (ISP), la Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) y la red Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS).

ISP-OWINFS-FES Del AGCS al TISA:Foro sobre el Comercio Mundial de Servicios, 17 de octubre de 2014, Ginebra

Original Publication Date: 
10 October, 2014
El Foro Mundial de la ISP sobre el Comercio de Servicios, organizado conjuntamente con la Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) y la red Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS), será la primera conferencia mundial que planteará una perspectiva crítica al TISA. Reunirá a los principales expertos y expertas en la materia, a representantes sindicales del sector público y privado, de la sociedad civil y de gobiernos de todo el mundo, que compartirán información sobre el TISA. Analizarán las amenazas que este plantea a los servicios públicos, la democracia y los trabajadores/as y programarán acciones de respuesta a sus elementos perniciosos.

¿HACIA UN ACUERDO SECRETO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE LOS SERVICIOS FINANCIEROS?

Original Publication Date: 
1 October, 2014
Informe de OWINFS: Este informe de la red OWINFS relativo al Acuerdo sobre el Comercio de Servicios (TISA) analiza cómo el TISA que se propone presiona a favor de políticas desregulatorias peligrosas en torno a los servicios financieros y pone en peligro la capacidad regulatoria financiera futura de los gobiernos

Implications of International Investment Agreements: UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2014 Event

Original Publication Date: 
15 October, 2014
The number of disputes brought by investors under international investment agreements (IIAs) has been steadily increasing. This event organized by OWINFS, TWN and Public Citizen at the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2014 looks at the implications of these disputes for sustainable development, and will discuss actual case studies in particular areas.

Trade and Africa: Achieving Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa - OWINFS event at WTO Public Forum 2014

Original Publication Date: 
1 October, 2014
On 3 October 2014 OWINFS organized an event, "Trade and Africa: Achieving Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa", at WTO Public Forum 2014

How a Proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Matters to Everyone: OWINFS event at WTO Public Forum 2014

Original Publication Date: 
1 October, 2014
OWINFS organized an event on "How a Proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Matters to Everyone" at the WTO Public Forum on 1 October 2014

Prospects for Trade, Development, and Reducing Inequality: Doha, post-Bali, and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: OWINFS event at WTO Public Forum 2014

Original Publication Date: 
1 October, 2014
OWINFS organized an event at WTO Pubic Forum 2014, "Prospects for Trade, Development, and Reducing Inequality: Doha, post-Bali, and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals" on 2nd October 2014

La amenaza del TISA para la alimentación y la agricultura

Original Publication Date: 
1 October, 2014
Presentación de la UITA en el Foro Público de la OMC 2014 - Panel de Uni Global Union / Internacional de Servicios Públicos "Por qué un acuerdo de comercio de servicios (TISA) nos concierne a todos".

US and allies ‘strike work' on post-Bali, Doha Round

Original Publication Date: 
24 September, 2014
The United States and its close ‘allies' in industrialised countries, appear to be bent on continuing their campaign to paralyse all negotiations and talks at the WTO - on the other parts of the Bali package, a post-Bali work programme, and the Doha Round - by refusing ‘to work' on other issues, until the US-EU cherished protocol on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is agreed to and delivered. In this SUNS - South North Development Monitor article By Chakravarthi Raghavan analyses latest state of play in WTO negotiations and US & allies' negotiation strategies.

Public services unions open new trade agreements to public debate

Original Publication Date: 
16 September, 2014
At Public Services International (PSI) Global Trade Summit 2014, in Washington, D.C., union leaders from all over the world called for public scrutiny of new wave of global trade agreements, which are now being discussed behind closed doors.

Indian farmers organizations call upon the Government to stand firm on food security issue at the WTO

Original Publication Date: 
23 July, 2014
In a statement released ahead of the WTO General Council meeting tomorrow, farmers organization in India called upon the Indian Government to stand firm on linking the Food Security proposal with the Trade Facilitation Agreement in WTO. Farmers’ leaders expressed shock over the Chair's summary of the G 20 trade ministers meeting which was held on July 19 at Sydney.

As G20 trade ministers meet in Sydney, international CSOs urge that development must come before “Trade Facilitation” in WTO

Original Publication Date: 
18 July, 2014
In the backdrop of trade ministers meet in Sydney, today, 164 civil society organizations and trade unions from more than 150 developing and developed countries urged government representatives in Geneva to “condition the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to the conclusion and fulfillment of the Development mandate under the Doha negotiations.”

Secret TISA deal puts public services at risk around the world - Public Services International

Original Publication Date: 
19 June, 2014
The Public Services International, a global trade union federation reiterates its opposition to Trade In Services Agreement, in the backdrop of WikiLeaks release of TISA - Financial Services Annex text

¿Un Acuerdo Internacional sobre el Comercio de Servicios? (TISA) Por qué este acuerdo de libre comercio de servicios es peligroso para la democracia, el desarrollo y el interés general y ¡Debemos Pararlo!

Original Publication Date: 
14 June, 2014
¿Un Acuerdo Internacional sobre el Comercio de Servicios? (TISA) - Una nota breve sobre por qué este acuerdo de libre comercio de servicios es peligroso para la democracia, el desarrollo y el interés general y ¡Debemos Pararlo!

WTO food fight in Bali? By Martin Khor

Original Publication Date: 
3 December, 2013
In this article, Martin Khor, Executive Director of Geneva-based South Centre writes about tense battle at 9th WTO Ministerial Meeting in Bali.

A Peace Clause, without Peace in Food Security

Original Publication Date: 
19 November, 2013
A draft text of the 'Peace Clause' agreed to at the WTO by a select group of countries on Saturday 16 November ad referendum - subject to approval by capitals - seems likely to assure no Peace to developing countries on food security, and more specifically to the ability of developing country governments to procure food from their producers for public stock-holding and distribution to the poor.

Press Coverage: G20 Counter-Summit, St-Petersburg, Russia



Series of links to TV and Radio Coverage of the G20 Counter-Summit, and to written articles published online.