A history of failure: Free Trade

We live in a world that revolves around the neoliberal economic system in place. Where free trade has becomes more and more normalized everyday. With such rapids trends of globalization happening around the world, it is worth taking a look at the institutions ruling this process.

After the World War II, the General Agreement on Trade an Tariffs (GATT) was created. This institution had some standard rules that were aimed at homogenizing the international market. It set the stage for corporations to do business in other countries by reducing tariffs on imported goods. The creation of the GATT allowed for globalization and greater trade to take off.

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Development Justice Now! Declaration of the Peoples’ Global Camp at WTO

as the latest WTO round closed in Bali this week, we are cross-posting the declaration which came out of the Peoples’ Global Camp.

We, representatives of people’s organizations, social movements and political forces come together in the People’s Global Camp (PGC) in Denpasar, Bali on December 3-6, 2013 to collectively expose, resist and call to junk the renewed neoliberal offensives of the World Trade Organization.

We bring the experiences of struggles from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and the United States, to further advance the people’s rights and to affirm our collective resistance against the new round of deception and maneuverings pushed by the WTO in this 9th Ministerial Meeting. Continue reading “Development Justice Now! Declaration of the Peoples’ Global Camp at WTO”

CITES COP 16: Opening and Plenary, Happy 40th, CITES!

Today was CITES’ 40th birthday! AKA Prince William, the Prime Minister, modern dance, and an extra hour of negotiations.

by [earth] guest blogger

The opening ceremony was quite a spectacle. To summarize very briefly and quite paraphrased:

Prince William: “We can reverse these trends. We can make a difference” (via video chat)

Oystein Stokersen (Chair of CITES Standing Committee): “Must involve communities dependent on resources being managed in a sustainable manner”

Achim Steiner (UNEP Executive Director): “It is easy to remain in the asipiration and to depend on others to do things that we cannot”

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CITES COP 16: Shark Press Conference

What can CITES to do protect threatened cartilaginous marine species?

by [earth] guest blogger

This morning, the European Union held a press conference to discuss the marine proposals to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES)–recommendations to list a number of shark species and manta rays under Appendix II.

What is CITES? The primary goal of CITES is to regulate international wildlife trade of species and to protect them against over-exploitation for the purposes of future aesthetic, scientific, cultural, recreational, and economic use. Currently there are 178 Parties to CITES.

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Earth in Brackets is reporting from CITES COP16

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Earth in Brackets is reporting from CITES COP16!

Follow us here as well as on facebook and twitter for information on the negotiations on the international trade in endangered species!

Parties are coming together to discuss proposals on issues concerning transport of musical instruments (often made from rare woods), the international trade in timber, and  proposals on the statuses of sharks, rays, polar bears, turtles and tortoises, among other things.