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Gender, Health and Trade

Global Women's Project | Wed, Aug 27, 2003

Gender, Health and Trade

This document examines the link between gender, health and trade by looking at the impact of the privatization of health services on women. It also offers a close analysis of the negative implications of TRIPS negotiations that are currently taking place in the WTO. The document calls for an end to trading essential services such as health in the world trade system.
IGTN Update on the FTAA

Global Women's Project | Fri, May 16, 2003

IGTN Update on the FTAA

"Following the Quito Ministerial that took place in Ecuador in November, 2002, a variety of non-governmental groups reported on the possibility that the FTAA might be under distress due to heated political differences amongst governments over the potential losses, particularly in the area of agriculture. Five months later, it is hard to say what is truly at play."
Update on the FTAA

Global Women's Project | Sat, May 10, 2003

Update on the FTAA

"The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is a free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated among 34 economies in the Western Hemisphere. Representatives from North America, the Caribbean, Central America and South America are working to achieve the largest regional integration ever between developed and developing countries, with the goal of liberalizing trade and investment in goods and services by the year 2005. There is speculation that negotiations will be completed as early as 2004."
Trends in Deregulation and Privatization of Services in the United States

Global Women's Project | Wed, May 7, 2003

Trends in Deregulation and Privatization of Services in the United States

The United States has been aggressively pursuing deregulation and privatization of service sectors for some years at the federal, state and local levels. The impact of privatization and deregulation in the US is abundantly clear and sends a message of caution to other countries' deregulation and privatization agenda that is being pushed globally. This paper presents three short case studies: Crisis in the state of California, The Privatization and Closing of DC General Hospital Washington, D.C. and Water Privatization in Puerto Rico.
What you need to know about CAFTA

Global Women's Project | Wed, May 7, 2003

What you need to know about CAFTA

Did You Know That:
  • The U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is a free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated between the U.S. and the five Central American nations: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
  • The negotiations officially began on January 8 and will continue once a month until December of 2003. The six negotiating governments plan to have the treaty finished and ready for approval by their national legislatures by the end of 2003.
  • Many trade experts think of CAFTA as an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico. NAFTA has had extremely negative impacts on workers and marginalized peoples in all three countries.
Civil Society Statement on Policy Coherence  (Signed by 40 Networks and NGOs) (April 2003)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Apr 30, 2003

Civil Society Statement on Policy Coherence (Signed by 40 Networks and NGOs) (April 2003)

Civil Society Statement on Policy Coherence (Signed by 40 Networks and NGOs)

ECOSOC Special High-Level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Trade Organization (April 14, 2003)

The UN Financing for Development (FFD) conference produced a consensus among all governments on the need to enhance the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems, to ensure that they support the internationally agreed development goals. These goals include not only those contained in the Millennium Declaration, but also the agreed outcomes of the past decade's UN Conferences on gender, social development, environment, and so forth.

In this statement, 40 civil society organizations and networks articulate their demands on measures that could promote these objective.

 


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A Catholic Perspective on Just Debt Solutions. Ethical Principles in Favor of FTAP

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Apr 19, 2003

A Catholic Perspective on Just Debt Solutions. Ethical Principles in Favor of FTAP

"This paper responds to a statement of the managing director of the IMF that "Ethical principles, principles common to all civilisations are important, yes, essential for an international institution such as the IMF'. It explores what light can be shone on a concrete policy proposal such as the Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism [SDRM] by an ethical analysis which derives from the tradition of Christian reflection embodied in Catholic Social Teaching. It outlines four core insights from this tradition: the universal destination of the goods of the earth; the limits of the market to achieve human ends; the responsibility of governments to work for the common good; and the right of people to participate in decisions that effect them. It argues that this framework gives strong support to the case made by many who argue that the international community should take the opportunity provided by the present discussion on debt crisis mechanisms to go beyond the modest reforms of the SDRM to establish a Fair and Transparent Arbitration Procedure [FTAP] to deal with the problem of recurring international debt crises."

Letter to the WTO Working Group on Debt, Trade and Finance Signed by 30 NGOs and Networks

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 24, 2003

Letter to the WTO Working Group on Debt, Trade and Finance Signed by 30 NGOs and Networks

"Thirty NGOs and networks signed a letter to the World Trade Organization Working Group on Trade, Debt, and Finance (WGTDF) requesting that the group address a series of reforms needed to ensure that trade, debt and finance policies work together to support sustainable and equitable development."

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