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Our World Is Not For Sale to join Occupy WTO on first day of WTO Ministerial

Photo by Deborah James

I’m sharing a press release from the Our World Is Not For Sale network. Many OWINFS member organizations are in Geneva this week for the WTO Ministerial. They’ll join an Occupy WTO group outside the official negotiations tomorrow, as well as organizing public seminars and generally monitoring the outcomes of the WTO meeting. Pierre-Yves Serinet from the RQIC network in Quebec is there from Canada with OWINFS. More on their week later…


December 15, 2011

Contact: Deborah James +41 (0) 76 652 6813


International Experts to Join Occupy WTO in Critique, Offer Path Forward

Over 50 civil society experts – trade unionists, farmers, development advocates, and consumer activists – from 30 countries have traveled to Geneva for the 8th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Working through the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), they will join local Geneva activists at the “Occupy WTO” tent across from the CICG conference center, where they will present critiques of the current negotiations within the WTO, and offer a path forward for the transformation of the current trading system to provide solutions to the current crises of uneployment, poverty, and the under-regulated financial services sector.

Civil society delegates will be participating in OWINFS/ITUC activities from: Argentina, Australia, Benin, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the United States, Vanuatu, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

WHAT: Press conference with civil society experts from various WTO member states

WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2011 11:30 a.m. CET.

WHERE: At the Occupy WTO Tent, facing the CICG conference center. Geneva.

WHO: Ruben Cortina, International Department of CGT-Argentina, President of UNI Americas and member of the TILS group of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Argentina

Cheikh Tidiane Dieye, Trade Integration and Development Program of Environmental Development Action in the Third World (ENDA), Senegal

Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, US

Representatives from countries in accession to the WTO

Local representative from Geneva

Deborah James, Our World Is Not for Sale network


OWINFS is a global network of NGOs and social movements working for a sustainable, socially just, and democratic multilateral trading system. www.ourworldisnotforsale.org