MEDIA ADVISORY for: Contact: Deborah James
Over 54 civil society experts – trade unionists, farmers, development advocates, and consumer activists – from 22 countries have traveled to Nairobi for the 10th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Working through the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), they will hold a press conference in the NGO Center of the Kenya International Conference Center. Speakers will discuss WTO barriers to food security and sustainable development and the need for any future WTO agreements to address asymetries and imbalances in the existing WTO rules, particularly regarding agriculture and Special and Differential Treatment (SDT), while excluding so-called “new issues” previously rejected by developing countries, including investment, competition policy, government procurement, and other issues.
Civil society delegates will be participating in OWINFS/ITUC activities from: Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, the UK, and the U.S.
WHAT: Press conference with civil society experts from various WTO member states
WHEN: Tuesday, December 15th,
WHERE: Room TBD, Kenya International Conference Center (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya
OWINFS is a global network of NGOs and social movements working for a sustainable, socially just, and democratic multilateral trading system. www.ourworldisnotforsale.org
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