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International Sign-On Letter Against the "GATS Attack"

ATTENTION --- Civil Society Activists Around the World!

Although the Battle of Seattle was successful in preventing a new comprehensive round of global trade talks from going ahead, this did not mean there would not be trade negotiations at the WTO. On the contrary, a whole new set of WTO talks on global trade in 'services' began in February, 2000, with formal negotiations due to begin this spring after a crucial stocktaking session is completed at the end of March. These so called GATS negotiations [General Agreement on Trade in Services] could have a dramatic and profound effect on a wide range of public services and citizens' rights all over the world.

Below is a statement, Stop the GATS Attack Now!, which has been prepared by an international network of civil society organizations working on WTO issues. As with previous initiatives like No New Round! and Shrink or Sink!, we hope this statement will help to launch and link together a series of country-based campaigns on the GATS negotiations all over the world.

We would greatly appreciate it if your organization would consider signing-on to this statement as soon as possible. The procedures for doing so are outlined below. It is our intention to collect sign-ons from civil society organizations in as many countries as possible before formally launching the statement in mid-March prior to the GATS stocktaking meetings in Geneva later that month. So, please let us know soon if your organization can sign-on!

Instructions on how your organization can sign the letter:

(This is an organizational sign-on letter only. We will not be adding individuals to it)

  1. Send an e-mail to polarisinstitute@on.aibn.com
  2. In the subject line type in "GATS Attack signatory"
  3. In the body of the e-mail list the organization & country (contact information such as address, phone & fax is also appreciated) that you are signing on. Those who wish should mention how many people the organization represents.

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