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Trading Democracy: The WTO and Public Interests

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From September 10th through the 14th the World Trade Organization will hold its fifth ministerial meeting since its inception in 1995. Trade representatives head to Cancun, Mexico, with a number of critical — and contentious — issues on the table, including agriculture subsidies and opening public sectors to international investment.

On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at the WTO, public interests, and civil society opposition to an international trade regime.

Featuring:

Maria Atilano, Mexican Action Network against Free Trade; Miguel Pickard, Center of Economic and Political Investigation for Community Actions; Aida Domínguez, a woman from the fishing community of Puerto Madero, Mexico; Claudia Cruz, Network of Gender and Trade; Zapatista Comandante Zebedeo; Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch; Scott Sinclair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; George Naylor, National Family Farm Coalition; Peter Rosset, Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First; Mark Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

For more information:

RMALC -Red Mexicana de Accion Frente al Libre Comercio- –México, D.F.

CIEPAC, A.C. The Center for Economic and Political Research for Community Action –San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico
ciepac@laneta.apc.org

Network of Gender and Trade and GEM -Grupo de Educación Popular con Mujeres –México, DF

Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Washington, DC.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) –Ottawa, ON, Canada
ccpa@policyalternatives.ca

National Family Farm Coalition –Churdan, IA

Institute for Food and Development Policy –Oakland, CA

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy –Minneapolis, MN

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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