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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.

La société civile internationale envoie une lettre aux gouvernements pour s’opposer à « l’accord sur le commerce des services » proposé, alors que les négociateurs arrivent à Genève

Original Publication Date: 
16 September, 2013
Aujourd’hui, alors que les gouvernements se réunissent à Genève pour négocier une proposition d’Accord sur le commerce des services (ACS), 341 organisations représentant des centaines de millions de personnes dans presque tous les pays en développement et développés, ont appelé les gouvernements à abandonner les discussions. Parmi les signataires figurent 42 grands réseaux internationaux et régionaux, comme l’Internationale des services publics (PSI), UNI Global Union, la Fédération Syndicale européenne des Services Publics (FSESP), l’IndustriALL Global Union, l’Union interntionale des travailleurs de l’agriculture (UITA), et le réseau ATTAC européen. La lettre a été organisée par le réseau OWINFS.

"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.

Il faut ouvrir l’ACS au débat public concluent les experts lors du premier forum mondial sur le commerce des services

Original Publication Date: 
18 October, 2014
De l'éducation au transport, de la finance à la santé, le nouvel accord sur le commerce des services (ACS ou TISA en anglais) pose de graves menaces aux normes de qualité dans de nombreux secteurs des services publics. Ceci a un impact direct sur la vie des citoyens. C'est ce qui est ressorti du premier forum mondial sur le commerce des services co-organisé par l'Internationale des services publics (ISP), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) et le réseau Notre monde n'est pas à vendre (OWINFS) tenu hier, le 17 octobre 2014 à Genève.

ISP-OWINFS-FES: De l'AGCS à l'ACS Forum sur le commerce mondial des services

Original Publication Date: 
10 October, 2014
Le Forum sur le commerce mondial des services de l'ISP « De l'AGCS à l'ACS », organisé en partenariat avec la fondation Friedrich Ebert (FES) et le réseau Notre monde n'est pas à vendre (Our World Is Not For Sale, OWINFS), marque la toute première occasion au monde d'exprimer un point de vue critique sur l'Accord sur le commerce des services (ACS). Ce forum réunira des experts mondialement connus, des syndicats des secteurs public et privé, ainsi que des représentant(e)s de la société civile et des gouvernements des quatre coins du monde, afin d'échanger des informations sur l'ACS. Ils se pencheront sur les menaces qui planent sur les services publics, la démocratie et les travailleurs/euses, et organiseront une action en vue de les contrer.

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

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

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.

Video: Bridge between Moscow and Brussels / Linking our Campaigning Against Corporate Power and to Stop Impunity


Technological Bridge between the G20 Counter-Summit international participants gathered in Moscow and the European Parliament Event "Advancing a new regulatory regime for Transnational Corporations and Investment: Towards An International Peoples’ Treaty", Sept. 5, 2013

G20 Counter-Summit: Statement Against Military Intervention in Syria


Social organizations from all over the world have come together in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 3-4, 2013, to hold accountable the policies of the G-20 group of industrial nations and their failure to effectively address the critical issues of growing global inequality, financial crisis, environmental destruction and military conflicts.