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Forty non-governmental organizations from different continentsannounced today a campaign focusd on stopping the launch of negotiationsin the World Trade Organization (WTO) on a multilateral investmentagreement, which they consider harmful for developing countries.

Shashi Tharoor

The United Nations exists to find solutions through the common endeavor of all States. It is the one indispensable global organization in our globalizing world.

Privatisation of water services hashad negative consequences in many countries, says theenvironmental network Friends of the Earth International, whichurges global resistance to the commercialisation andcommodification of this essential resource.

"Tobin Tax" and increased South-South cooperation are demanded by leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement.

A hundred people from citizen based organizations from around the world gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the workshop Services for All (SFA). Sponsored by 18 organizations, SFA focused on the threat of privatization of basic services, especially water, energy, health care and education.

Goh Chien Yen

The Social Watch report 2003 was quoted as evidence of the risks of unplanned service liberalization during an expertpanel discussion organized by UNCTAD in Geneva. Since there is no legal requirement under the WTO to liberalise the services sectors, developingcountries should be cautious aboutfurther liberalization, especially if they have not yet carriedout an assessment of the effects.

Kalinga Seneviratne

The third World Social Forum (WSF)ended Tuesday in an upbeat mood withorganisers vowing to expand themovement all across Asia as it moves toIndia next year.

Nancy Alexander

How The World Bank Group’s Facilitationof the Trade Agenda Undermines the Bargaining Power ofDeveloping Countries

Mario Osava

The southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre this month will serve, once again, as the global capital of indignation and of dreams as it hosts the World Social Forum, Jan 23-28, which in its third year will be the largest and most diverse so far. The organisers of this major annual gathering of social movements, non-governmental organisations, intellectuals and leftist groups seeking a better possible world predict that this year's attendance will reach 100,000, double that of 2002.


While the government of Peru cuts down the state aid to the HIV-AIDS patients, the civil society gets together to fight against the disease. Alone and United (Solas y Unidas) is an organization focusing exclusively on infected women. It was established after the women themselves verified that not only their needs but mainly their attitudes towards the disease were different.

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