International Conference to close Guantanamo
January 10-13 in Guantanamo / Havana, Cuba.
We invite you to participate in this important global conference, which will take place in Guantanamo, Cuba on January 10-13.
January 11 marks the fifth anniversary of the arrival of prisoners at the US prison in Guantanamo. The date will be marked by an international call, a unique conference, organized by Focus on the Global South and endorsed by the UK stop the War Coalition, Global Exchange and CODEPINK: women for peace, will be held in the city of Guantanamo and in Havana.
REGIONAL TRADE STRATEGY MEETING
Preventing the Revival of the Doha Round
9am-6pm, December 9, 2006
Cebu City, Philippines
*Interested participants are requested to please register beforehand so logistics can be arranged accordingly
The collapse of the talks of the Doha Round of negotiations of the World Trade Organization last July was the best possible outcome for developing countries. The Doha Round of negotiations had gone so far from being about development and it was clear that what the big trading powers wanted was more market access and special and differential treatment for them. Social movements, national campaigns and people the world over then celebrated this collapse as a victory for the majority of world’s peoples.
Responding to calls by Lebanese civil society organizations to come to their
war-ravaged country, another batch of parliamentarians and civil society
representatives from various countries are going on an international peace
and solidarity delegation to Lebanon from August 12 to 16.
This delegation includes representatives from the Philippines, Brazil,
France, Norway, India, and Spain.
Among them are two members of parliament, two representatives from the
international farmers' movement La Via Campesina, a representative from
Brazil's main trade union confederation and the continental alliance
Hemispheric Social Alliance, a journalist, and other peace and human rights
activists. (please see full list below)
Monday's collapse of the Doha Round is the best outcome the WTO can deliver to the world's poor.
From the outset, the WTO's logic of trade liberalisation, did not meet the more complex needs of countries struggling to tailor domestic trade policy to the specific needs of their industries and agricultural producers. The institution, instead, became the playground for the major trading powers to capture markets for their corporations, paying no heed to the impact on Southern producers and industries, nor to the unemployment caused.
Regional Trade Strategy Meeting
The Battle of Hong Kong Continues
February 28 March 1, 2006
At the 6th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization last December 2005,the big trading superpowers with the help of Brasil and India, were able to pull out a deal at the last minute, which, if fully implemented, will be severely detrimental to the majority of the world¹s peoples. The deal in Hong Kong has given the multilateral institution new momentum and if unchallenged, the WTO will be able to conclude the Doha Development Round by the end of 2006. And the first major opportunity for us to affect these negotiations is at the next General Council Meeting in Geneva this May 2006.