GENEVA – Starting this week, civil society groups around the world plan to stage a series of demonstrations leading up to major protests at a December ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Hong Kong. According to an analysis by Gustavo Capdevila on oneworld.net, the new mobilization against corporate globalization points to a renewal of the anti-globalization campaign that seriously disrupted previous WTO summits in
"We are going to stop the WTO negotiations because we don’t see any good prospects for all countries, especially in
Activists are gearing up for a meeting of the WTO’s General Council this weekend in
The current WTO talks, known as the Doha Round, began in the Qatari capital in 2001, but have experienced repeated failures and broken deadlines The main area of negotiation are agriculture, services, industrial tariffs, intellectual property rights and issues of specific interest to the developing South, such as special and differential treatment for poor nations.
According to WTO critic Walden Bello, the organization consistently promotes the interests of transnational corporations. A prime example, he told Capdevila, is the pharmaceutical industry’s attempt to undermine the public health with new intellectual property rights rules.
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