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Author: 
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.

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.

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

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.

Author: 
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.

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.

A ministerial meeting tacklingthe world's water problems fell short of producing a clearlydefined programme of action in its final declaration, which wasreleased here in this central Japanese city on Sunday.

Like every year at the same period of time, the «Committee of the Parents of the Kidnapped and Missing Persons in Lebanon» works on popularizing its action, breaking the isolation to which the authorities try to confine it and bringing its claims to a successful conclusion. This year, due to the war prevailing in Iraq, the committee’s activity is likely to be marginalized and thus needs your active solidarity.

Author: 
Nancy Alexander

On May 13th, senior officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and World Trade Organization (WTO) will meet  in Geneva ostensibly to promote greater “coherence” amongst their policies. There are good reasons to be concerned. Over the past decades, the IMF and the World Bank have systematically  promoted controversial policy reforms in developing countries.

Sub-Saharan Africa is struggling to redress the extreme poverty plaguing the region, leaving little hope of reaching the millennium development goal (MDG) of halving world poverty by 2015, the South African Press Association reports.

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