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Friends of the Earth Press Release, September 7th, 2000

 

UN MILLENNIUM SUMMIT: CITIZENS LAUNCH NEW CAMPAIGN ON THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION

On the day of the United Nations Millennium Summit, citizens' groups from all over the world have launched a new statement on the future of the World Trade Organisation.

The UN Millennium Summit is the biggest gathering of heads of state so far in the new millennium. Activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) around the world will hold press conferences, rallies and other events to mark the summit, as well as launching their "WTO: Shrink or Sink!" statement. NGO pressure played a central role in the historic collapse of the Seattle world trade talks in December 1999.

The new NGO statement has been signed by more than five hundred organisations from over 60 countries. The statement contains a list of demands from civil society for a sustainable, socially just and democratically accountable system of international trade. The current world trade system has led to extreme inequalities in the distribution of wealth and contributed to environmental destruction across the planet.

The NGOs want the WTO to "shrink" its mandate - to roll back its power and authority - otherwise it will "sink" under its own weight.

Further Information:

Alexandra Wandel, Friends of the Earth Europe, Tel: 32-2-542 01 85
In the US: Alesha Daughtrey, Public Citizen, Tel: +1-202-454-5103)

A full text of the statement and the list of signatories can be seen on the FOEE website: http://www.foeeurope.org (also available in Dutch, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) (FYIO: will be posted later during this week on the frontpage)

Friends of the Earth Europe's membership consists of 30 national member organisations in 29 European countries with over 3000 local groups

 

 

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