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Report on National Gender and Trade Consultations (May-September 2003)

Global Women's Project | Thu, Jan 22, 2004

Report on National Gender and Trade Consultations (May-September 2003)

In 2002, the U.S. Gender and Trade Network (USGTN) decided to initiate a national debate on the linkages between gender and trade policies in an effort to encourage women in the U.S. to deliberately make these links as part of a long-term vision for social and economic justice in this country and abroad. Through this process, we hoped to highlight the differential impacts on women and men in the U.S. as well as empower U.S. women to speak out as leaders whose voices must not be ignored in trade policymaking. We drafted a framework from which community activists could organize consultations in their communities and begin dialogues on gender and trade to start this process. Well known organizers were contacted in Iowa, Chicago, St. Louis, San Antonio, and New York to begin a series of conversations on gender and trade as partners with USGTN. In 2003, six meetings took place. This report provides the background to the consulta process, analysis of the context in which the national consultations took place, descriptions and outcomes of each of the six consultations, and ideas for appropriate next steps.
Globalization and Catholic Social Teaching: A Reflective Synthesis

Global Women's Project | Thu, Dec 11, 2003

Globalization and Catholic Social Teaching: A Reflective Synthesis

Twenty-six scholars, academics and social justice activists gathered outside Toronto, September 25-28, 2003, to assess the relevance and promise of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) for the globalizing dynamics of today. A general consensus emerged from this group that CST in its present form has much to contribute to the world community, but it clearly cannot claim to be a global ethic, marked as it is by both the strengths and the clear limitations of being culturally western and theologically Catholic-Christian. The challenge is to develop a Catholic ethic for globalization that can be brought into constructive dialogue with the other faiths and cultures gracing the planet. That will put us on the only viable path toward a global ethic–an ethic that will then have to be expressed to the peoples of the world in the rich diversity of cultural forms that constitute the world’s faiths.
A Political Agenda for the Reform of Global Governance (October 2003)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Dec 4, 2003

A Political Agenda for the Reform of Global Governance (October 2003)

"The increasing importance of the socio-economic dimension of globalization and the current insufficiency of institutional arrangements for global economic governance demonstrate the need for a new framework to address the attendant challenges. From the viewpoint of many experts, the original role of the UN in the normative and agenda setting arena should be strengthened on issues such as social and economic development, peace-building, security, justice, and the promotion of human rights. Reform proposals seek to ensure that the legitimacy of the United Nations is recognized with respect to the coordination of global economic policy consistent with its normative framework, and to providing regulatory authority. The objective of this policy paper is to provide expertise for in-depth discussions on the nature of the global governance deficit, with a view to coming up with proposals for global governance reform in the context of the UN Financing for Development High Level Dialogue on October 29-30, 2003."
Breaking Boundaries II-Women and the Free Trade Area of the Americas: Understanding the Connections

Global Women's Project | Wed, Oct 15, 2003

Breaking Boundaries II-Women and the Free Trade Area of the Americas: Understanding the Connections

This publication is a joint effort of participants in the U.S. Gender and Trade Network (USGTN). It is a popular education tool on ""Women and the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA)"" which includes analysis of the potential impacts of the FTAA from a gender perspective.This resource explores the impacts of privatization, deregulation, and NAFTA on services, investment, migration, militarization, labor, and agriculture and examines how this relates to regional integration in the Americas. This publication is available as a popular educational tool for activists with a particular focus on the U.S. experience.The resource booklet includes discussion questions and provides reference and background information that is useful in: (1) raising awareness among women and different communities across the U.S. about the impacts of free trade and the potential impacts of the FTAA and (2) mobilizing them to get involved in the debate and promote the common good through economic policymaking in the Americas.
Some Selected Issues in the Coherence Agenda of the WTO and the BWIs (2003)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Sep 8, 2003

Some Selected Issues in the Coherence Agenda of the WTO and the BWIs (2003)

The purpose of this document is to briefly address some of the issues involved in the pursuit of coherence by financial and trade institutions and serve as a resource for NGOs doing advocacy around the WTO Cancun Ministerial. It takes as a point of departure representative of the official ""coherence"" agenda a WTO Secretariat document issued on April 2003 called Coherence in Global Economic Policymaking and Cooperation between the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank (WT/TF/COH/S/7) (hereinafter referred as ""WTO Sec."").

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