Dear compañeros y compañeras concerned about the WTO:
Last 15 and 16 of November, we came to together in Mexico City as a broad spectrum of Mexican and International civil society organizations, and held a strategy session to discuss our approaches to the upcoming 5th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which will be held in Cancun, Mexico from September 10 to 14, 2003. We were 240 people in all, from 89 Mexican and 53 foreign organizations, from 16 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.
We agreed to send, to Mexican and International civil society, this CALL to organize and coordinate actions and information exchanges with the goal of derailing the WTO in its attempt to use Cancun to wrap up the consolidation of the current phase of the global neoliberal model and launch a new round of negotiations on new themes.
The Mexican and international organizations who participated in the November 15-16 meeting, believe that the upcoming meeting of the WTO in 2003 in Cancun, Mexico, represents a key crossroads which may determine the future of the neoliberal model, of globalization itself, and of our peoples.
Therefore we CALL for the organization and coordination of information exchanges, massive public education, mobilization, and actions of protest, pressure, lobbying and repudiation, in Cancun itself, in the rest of Mexico, throughout the Americas, and around the world. Although these activities should reach a crescendo in the week of September 10-14, 2003, they should begin now, and if possible should continue after.
We do not suggest a new and separate campaign on the WTO, isolated from the work that each of our organizations is already doing on related topics (NAFTA, FTAA, GMOs, PPP, Plan Colombia, the war, indigenous rights, the environment, privatization, etc.), but rather to ADD the topic of the WTO in a very visible manner, to all of the other campaigns already underway, and in each and all of our on-going struggles, in such a way that it becomes very evident to all what the relationships are that each other issue has with the WTO, as the over-arching keystone of the neoliberal global economic architecture.
In this process, we propose the following principles and methodologies:
With this CALL we launch the open and bilingual (Spanish/English) electronic list-serve acancun-llaneta.apc.org
You may sign up for this list at: www.laneta.apc.org/mailman/listinfo/acancun-l
We ask those who understand only one of the two languages for their patience and forbearance with messages in the other language. WE ask all who can, to put their contributions in both languages.
The next meeting pint in the process is Porto Alegre, Brazil, during the Word Social Forum on January 23-28, 2003.
The participants in the Social Movements Strategy Meeting in Preparation for the 5th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization/Cancun 2002
Centro de Estudios para el Cambio en el Campo Mexicano (Ceccam)
Vito Alessio Robles No. 76 casa 7
Col. Florida. México, D.F. 01030
tel: 525 6 61 19 25 y 525 6 61 53 98
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