"WTO - Shrink or Sink!" The Turnaround Agenda International Civil Society Sign-On Letter

 

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It's time to turn trade around. In November 1999, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Third Ministerial Meeting in Seattle collapsed in spectacular fashion, in the face of unprecedented protest from people and governments around the world. We believe it is essential to use this moment as an opportunity to change course and develop an alternative, humane, democratically accountable and sustainable system of commerce that benefits all. This process entails rolling back the power and authority of the WTO.

The GATT Uruguay Round Agreements and the establishment of the WTO were proclaimed as a means of enhancing the creation of global wealth and prosperity and promoting the well-being of all people in all member states. In reality, however, The WTO has contributed to the concentration of wealth in the hands of the rich few; increasing poverty for the majority of the world's peoples, especially in third world countries; and unsustainable patterns of production and consumption.

The WTO and GATT Uruguay Round Agreements have functioned principally to pry open markets for the benefit of transnational corporations at the expense of national and local economies; workers, farmers, indigenous peoples, women and other social groups; health and safety; the environment; and animal welfare. In addition, the WTO system, rules and procedures are undemocratic, un-transparent and non-accountable and have operated to marginalize the majority of the world's people.

All this has taken place in the context of increasing global instability, the collapse of national economies, growing inequity both between and within nations and increasing environmental and social degradation, as a result of the acceleration of the process of corporate globalization.

The governments which dominate the WTO, especially the United States, the European Union, Japan and Canada, and the transnational corporations which have benefitted from the WTO system have refused to recognize and address these problems. They are still intent on further liberalization, including through the expansion of the WTO, promoting free trade as a goal in itself. In reality, however, free trade is anything but 'free'.

The time has come to acknowledge the crises of the international trading system and its main administering institution, the WTO. We need to replace this old, unfair and oppressive trade system with a new, socially just and sustainable trading framework for the 21st Century.

We need to protect cultural, biological, economic and social diversity; introduce progressive policies to prioritise local economies and trade; secure internationally recognized economic, cultural, social and labor rights; and reclaim the sovereignty of peoples and national and sub-national democratic decision-making processes. In order to do this, we need new rules based on the principles of democratic control of resources, ecological sustainability, equity, cooperation and precaution.


In light of the above, we make the following demands of our governments:

No WTO Expansion
We reiterate our opposition to continued attempts to launch a new round or expand the WTO by bringing in new issues such as investment, competition, government procurement, biotechnology and accelerated tariff liberalization.

WTO Hands Off: Protect Basic Social Rights and Needs
It is inappropriate and unacceptable for social rights and basic needs to be constrained by WTO rules. Thus WTO Agreements must not apply to issues critical to human or planetary welfare, such as food and water, basic social services, health and safety, and animal protection. Inappropriate encroachment by trade rules in such areas has already resulted in campaigns on genetically modified organisms, old growth forests, domestically prohibited goods and predatory tobacco marketing.

Gut GATS: Protect Basic Social Services
In particular, areas such as health, education, energy and other basic human services must not be subject to international free trade rules. In the WTO General Agreement on Services (GATS), the principle of "progressive liberalization" and the implications of foreign investment in service sectors has already led to severe problems.

Take TRIPS Out: Restore National Patent Protection Systems
We demand the removal of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS) from the WTO. There is no basis for inclusion of intellectual property claims in a trade agreement. Additionally, the TRIPS agreement promotes monopoly by transnational corporations; prevents access to essential medicines and other goods; leads to private appropriation of knowledge and life forms; undermines biodiversity; and keeps poorer countries from increasing their levels of social and economic welfare and developing their technological capacity.

No Patents on Life
The patenting of life forms must be prohibited in all national and international regimes.

Food is a Basic Human Right
Measures taken to promote and protect food security and sovereignty, subsistence farming, humane farming practices and sustainable agriculture must be exempt from international free trade rules. There must be a prohibition on export subsidies and other forms of dumping of agricultural products, especially on third world countries. The trading system must not undermine the livelihood of peasants, small farmers, artisan fishers and indigenous peoples.

No Investment Liberalization
The WTO Trade Related Investment Measures (TRIMS) Agreement must be eliminated. All countries and especially third world countries must have the right to use policy options (such as local content policy) to increase the capacity of their own productive sectors, especially small and medium enterprises. Obviously, the TRIMS review must not be used to extend the investment issue in WTO.

Fair Trade: Special and Differential Treatment
Special and differential rights for third world countries must be recognized, expanded, and operationalized in the world trading system. This is to take into account the weak position of third world countries in the international trading system. Without the enforcement of special and differential rights, there can be no possibility of third world countries benefitting from world trade.

Prioritize Agreements on Social Rights and the Environment
Actions taken to implement multilateral agreements dealing with the environment, health, development, human rights, safety, indigenous peoples' rights, food security, women's rights, workers' rights and animal welfare cannot be challenged at or undermined by the WTO.

Democratize Decision-Making
People must have the right to self-determination and the right to know and decide on international commercial commitments. Among other things, this requires that decision-making processes in negotiations and enforcement at international commercial bodies be democratic, transparent and inclusive. The WTO operates in a secretive, exclusionary manner that shuts out most third world country Members and the public. It is dominated by a few powerful governments acting on behalf of their corporate elites.

Dispute the System
The WTO dispute settlement system is unacceptable. It enforces an illegitimate system of unfair rules and operates with undemocratic procedures. It also usurps the rulemaking and legislative role of sovereign nations and local governments.


A socially just international trade system will also require change outside the WTO. Given the attacks by multinational corporations and governments on basic workers rights; the reversal of the gains of workers' struggles; the undermining of job security; and the race-to-the-bottom in wages, workers rights must be strengthened worldwide.

Also, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the regional development banks must write off 100% of the debts owed to them by poor countries. The use of structural adjustment conditionality to force trade liberalization in third world countries and elsewhere must be stopped. Governments must negotiate, through the UN system and with full democratic participation, a binding agreement to ensure that corporate conduct is socially and environmentally responsible and democratically accountable.

Conclusions and Consequences
We are committed to a sustainable, socially just and democratically accountable trade system. Thus, as a first step, we demand that our governments implement the changes listed in this document in order to roll back the power and authority of the WTO and turn trade around.

We commit ourselves to mobilize people within our countries to fight for these demands and to defy the unjust policies of the WTO. We will also support other people and countries who do so with international solidarity campaigns.

We pledge to carry the Spirit of Seattle around the world.

Signatories:


 

Africa
l AEFJN (Africa - Europe Faith and Justice Network) l Africa Trade Network l COASAD l EcoNews Africa l ECOTERRA International  l Jubilee 2000, Afrika l MWENGO l Medical Mission Sisters, Sector Africa l Third World Network - Africa Secretariat l

Angola
l Liga Angolana para a Abolicao da Divida Externa (Jubilee 2000 Angola Coalition)  l

Asia
l Asia Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN) l

Australia
l ACT Greens l AID/WATCH l APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad l Australian Education Union l Australian Greens  l Australian Manufacturing Workers Union l Australian Rail Tram & Bus Industry Union National Office l Biohazard Action Alliance l CART Group for Global Ethics l Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace l Community Aid Abroad l Community Information Association l Conservation Council of the South East and Canberra l Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Australia  l   ECOTERRA l Economic Reform Australia (ERA) l Environment Centre Of WA Inc. l Environment Liberation Front l Essendon Community Aid Abroad l Friends of the Earth l Gene-Ethics Network Northern Rivers l Humane Society International l Information for Action l The International Society for Human Rights Australia l The Mercy Foundation  l   Network of Women in Further Education l OXFAM Australia l People s Movement l Reworking Tomorrow l Richmond Valley LETS l SEARCH Foundation, Sydney l STOPMAI l StopMAI Campaign Coalition, Western Australia l South Australian Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN) l Students Association of University of South Australia l Victorian Council for Civil Liberties  l wtowatch ACT l WTO Watch l

Austria
l Center for Encounters and Active Non-Violence, Bad Ischl l ECOTERRA l GLOBAL 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria l Informationsgruppe Lateinamerika (IGLA) l PLAGE l Salzburg Forum against MAI and WTO l

Bangladesh
l Friends of the Earth l Institute of Integrated Rural Development l OILWATCH l UBINIG l Unnayan Shammanya

Belgium
l Anti-Imperialist League l ATTAC-Brussels l Centre National de Coopération au Développement l Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires l Comité pour l'Annulation de la Dette du Tiers Monde (Committee for the Cancellation of the Third World Debt) l Fair Trade Centre l Fern, Brussels l Jong Agalev (Flemish Young Greens) l Magasins du monde-Oxfam l Medical Aid for the Third World l NCOS - National Centre for Development Cooperation l Oxfam Solidarity l Oxfam-Wereldwinkels l Werkgroep Wildgroei (Action Group Working Against Economic "Wild" Growth) l

Benin
l Hold Action on Lethal Traditions  l

Bolivia
l Armonía l Centro de Justica Global

Brazil
l ECOTERRA l IDEC- Brazilian Institute for  Consumer Defense

Bulgaria
l Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation l National Movement Ecoglasnost, FoE Bulgaria l

Cameroon
l STRATEGIC HUMANITARIAN SERVICES (SHUMAS) l

Canada
Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation  l  Canadian Action Party l Canadian Council for International Co-operation  l  Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)  l Canadian Federation of Students l Canadian Religious Conference l Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)  l Canadian Union of Public Employees l Check Your Head: the Global Youth Education Network l Concordia Student Union l Council of Canadians l Democracy Watch l ECOTERRA l Filipino Canadian Youth Association in Canada-Toronto l Filipino Gay and Lesbian Association l Filipino Workers' Support Group, Montreal l Friends of the Escarpment (FOE) l Friends of the Lubicon l The Gleaner  l Gleaning for a Better World l INTER PARES l Labour Environmental Alliance Society l Maya Pedal  l Migrant Women's Collective l Miningwatch, Canada  l Native News Network of Canada (NNNC) l New Democratic Phillippine Network for Justice and Peace l Party of Canada Federal Caucus l PAMAI (People Against the MAI) l The Parkdale Organizing Group l The Phillippine Solidarity Group of Toronto l Polaris Institute l Progressive Filipinos Overseas United for National Democracy l The Real Alternatives Information Network (RAIN) l Rainforest Raging Grannies l Reach for Unbleached! Foundation l Rural Dignity of Canada l  Social Justice Committee, Church of the Holy Trinity l Tamil Resource Center l Women's International League for Peace & Freedom Women's International League for Peace & Freedom BC Branch (WILPF-BC) l

Chile
l Programa Chile Sustentable l Fundacion Sociedades Sustentables l

Columbia
l Asociacion ANAI  l Corporacion Region, Colombia  l Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativos, ILSA

Costa Rica
l COECOCEIBA-FoE Costa Rica l Urbanizacion Empleados de Llobet

Cyprus
l Friends of the Earth l

Czech Republic
l Car Busters l Hnuti DUHA/Friends of the Earth CZ l

Denmark
l DKB l DKP-ml l Enhedslisten/Red Green Alliance l International Boernesolidaritet l Internationalt Forum l Jord- og Betonarbejdernes fagforening -Kbh l KPiD l Mellemamerijka Komitéen l NOAH- Friends of the Earth, Denmark  l  Oekotrans l PMF (National Federation of Trade Unions for Nursery and Kindergarten Assistants) l Operation Dagsvaerk l Rebel l Roed Ungdom l Roof Workers Union of Copenhagen l Samarbejdskomiteen for Fred og Sikkerhed (Joint Committee for Peace and Security) lSOS WTO l Spidsroden l Sydafrika Kontakt l Tinku-Danmark l Trade Union for Insulation Workers of Copenhagen l Trade Union for Painters of Copenhagen

Ecuador
l Accion Ecologica l

El Salvador
l CIDEP  l

Estonia
l Eesti Roheline Liikumine / FoE Estonia l

Ethiopia
l Institute for Sustainable Development l

Europe
l A-SEED l Bayan International-Europe l CPE - Coordination Paysanne Europeean (European Farmers Coordination) l Ecoropa Federation of Young European Greens l Friends of the Earth Europe l Kairos Europa l NEWS! the Network of European World Shops l

Finland
l Alternativ till EU - Finland (Alternatives to the EU-Finland) l Association of Unemployed "Pohjalaistyöttömät" l Coalition for Environment and Development l The Communist Party of Finland l Democratic Education Alliance l Ecological Daily Life Association l Friends of the Giraff l EU-Critical Youth l Finnish Asiatic Society l Finnish NGO Campaign on WTO Friends of the Earth Finland l Friends of the Earth Hämeenlinna l Finnish Association of World Shops l GMO-Campaign Verso l Informationcenter Alternative to the EU l National Cooperation Association of Unemployed (TVY) l Nature Alliance of West Finland l New Wind Association l PAND, Artists for Peace Socialist Association l Peacepipe Association l Sewingcircle Association l Women for Peace l Women s Alternative to EU l Worldshop Giraff l

France
l Amis de la Terre - France (Friends of the Earth - France)  l ATTAC l Association Transnationale l Association VISION l Chiche! l Confédération Paysanne l Crash Disques l Droits Devant!! l Ecoropa l ECOTERRA l Fédération Artisans du Monde l Fondation France Libertés l Institut pour la Relocalisation de L'économie l L'Ocelle l Le cri l Mouvement National de Lutte pour l'Environnement (MNLE) l Observatoire de la Mondialisation l

Germany
l Aktionszentrum 3.Welt l Angelas e.V. (Arbeiten zu Nachhaltigkeit, Geschlechter-, Entwicklungs-, Land- und Agrarsoziologie) l BLUE 21 e.V. (Berliner Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Umwelt und Entwicklung - Berlin Working Group on Environment and Development l Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) l Christen fur Gerechte Wirtschaftsordnung (CGW) e.V. l CM-International l ECOTERRA e.V. l Frauen fur den Frieden l Gen-ethisches Netzwerk (GeN) l Institut für Theorie und Praxis der Subsistenz (ITPS) l Institute of Interdisciplinary Study and Research (IFSF) l International Human Rights Association l Missionare und Missionarinnen auf Zeit Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) e.V. l Netzwerk gegen Konzernherrschaft und Neoliberale Politik (Network against Corporate Rule and Neoliberal Policy) l Pax Christi Basisgruppe Koblenz l Perspektive unabhängige Kommunikation (puk) l Share l Weltladen-Dachverband e.V. (German World Shop Association) l Working Group Critical Veterinary Medicine l

Ghana
l Friends of the Earth l

Greece
l Association of Social & Ecological Intervention (Friends of the Earth Greece) l MAGAZINE "ARDIN" l

Guatemala
l Maya Pedal l

Holland
l Attac Nederland l Both ENDS l Corporate Europe Observatory l Towards a Different Europe l Transnational Institute 

Hong Kong

l Asia Pacific Mission for Migrant Filipinos (APMMF) l United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-HK) l

Hungary

l Friends of the Earth, Hungary l ELTE Nature Conservation Club (ETK)

India
l Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies l Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group l Development Tracks RTC l ENDEV Society for Environment and Development l "EQUATIONS" Equitable Tourism Options l Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology l TAMILNADU UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION(TUNA) l Women's Centre, Bombay l WOMEN'S WELFARE CENTER l

Indonesia
l Anti-Nukes Society l INFID (International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development) l LATIN, Lembaga Alam Tropika Indonesia/The Indonesian Tropical Institute l The National Consortium on Forest and Nature in Indonesia (KONPHALINDO) l National Network Forum of Indonesia l  PAN Indonesia l Serikat Petani Sumatera Utara/SPSU (North Sumatra Peasant Union) l Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (Indonesian Forum for the Environment-Friends of the Earth Indonesia) l Wallace Forest Ecological Protection (WFEP) l

International
l Friends of the Earth International l Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) l Global Sisterhood Network l The Grail l HELIO International l International Union of Students l Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)  l World Rainforest Movement l Xaverian Missionaries, Catholic International Missionary Institute

Ireland
l Earthwatch, Friends of the Earth l Justice Office - Mill Hill Missionaries l Mercy International Justice Network l

Italy
l AIFO l Associazione Ad Gentes l Associazione Botteghe del Mondo l Beati i costruttori di pace l Campagna Chiama L'Africa l Campagna Dire mai al MAI/Stop Millennium Round l Campagna Globalizza-azione dei popoli l Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale l Centro Nuovo Modello di Sviluppo l Cocoricò l Comitato Scientifico Antivivisezionista l CTM Altromercato l Fondo Imperatrice Nuda contro la sperimentazione animale l La Leva di Archimede l Lelio Basso l International Foundation for the Rights and Liberation of People l Mani Tese l NIGRIZIA l Pax Christi l Proutist International l Stop Millennium Round Campaign l Rete di Lilliput (Lilliput network) l WWF-Italia l

Japan
l APEC Monitor NGO Network(AM-net) l A SEED JAPAN (Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment and Development) l Consumers Union of Japan l Friends of the Earth l Get Back the Nature! Kansai Citizen Union l Global Village l Hands of Peace l HUTAN Group l International Solidarity of Saku Area Citizens (ISSAC) l Jambo International Center l Japan Tropical Forest Action Network l Nagoya Freedom School l Network for Safe and Secure Food and Environment l People s Forum 2001 l Rainforest Resources Center of Nagoya l Rural Poors l Solid Action on Globalization and Environment (SAGE) l

Jordan
l Women's Organization to Combat Illiteracy

Kenya
l African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)  l Consumers' Information Network l ECOTERRA l Kenya Action Network l Kenya Human Rights Commissions l

Korea
l Korean People's Action Against Investment Treaties and the WTO (KoPA) l Korean Women Workers Association United (KWWAU) l Katipunan ng mga Samahan ng Pilipinong Migranteng Manggagawa sa Korea (KASAMMAKO)/Unity of Filipino Migrants In Korea

Latvia

lGreen Liberty

Lebanon
l Humanitarian Group for Social Development ( HGSD) l Arab NGO Network for Development

Luxembourg
l Action Solidarite Tiers Monde The Greens l

Malaysia
l Consumers' Association of Penang (PAC) l Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends of the Earth Malaysia) l Third World Network  l

Mali
l Comite de Coordination des Actions des ONG  l 

Malta
l ECO, The Malta Ecological Foundation l Moviment ghall-Ambjent, Friends of the Earth l

Mexico
l Asociación de Dana, A.C. l DECA Equipo Pueblo l La Limpieza de la Bahía de Banderas de Pto. Vallarta, A.C. l Red de Accion sobre Plaguicidas y Alternativas en Mexico (RAPAM) l Red Mexicana de Accion frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC) l

Nepal
l Bikalpa: Community for Development Studies l Jajarkot Permaculture Programme l Nepal Kingdom Foundation l Nepal Indigenous Peoples Development and Information Service Centre (NIPDISC) l Rural Reconstruction NEPAL l SEWA NEPAL l

Netherlands
l Alternatieve Konsumenten Bond (Alternative Consumers Association) l Centrum voor Internationale Samenwerking Groningen (COS) l Corporate Europe Observatory l Medical Aid for the Third World  l Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) l Stichting Nicaragua Komitee Nederland (NKN) l Towards a Different Europe l Transnational Institute l Werkgroep Globalisering Delft-Den Haag l XminY Solidariteitsfonds

New Zealand
l FAIR NZ l Friends of the Earth l Phillippine Resource Center, New Zealand l Te Kawau Maro (tkm) l

Nigeria
l Environmental Rights Action/Friends of The Earth l

Norway
l AKP l GATT-WTO Campaign l Norges Naturvernforbund / Friends of the Earth l PRESS (Norwegian Save the Children's Youth Organisation) l

Pakistan
l Creed Alliance l Development VISIONS l Punjab Lok Sujag l ROOTS for Equity l

Peru
l CEDEP l Cooperativa Agraria Cafetaleta "La Florida" l Indigenous Peoples' Biodiversity Network (IPBN) l Kechua-Aymara Association for Sustainable Livelihoods (ANDES) l

Phillippines
l Bayan-Phillippines (New Patriotic Alliance) l Concerned Artists of the Phillippines l ECOTERRA South-East Asia l Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) l Ibon Foundation l Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth Philippines Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP) l PEASANT RIGHTS GROUP l Southeast Asia Regional Institute for Community Education (SEARICE) l TEBTEBBA Foundation, Inc. (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education) l

Portugal
l CIDAC - Centro de Informação e Documentação Amílcar Cabral l

Romania
l MAMA TERRA / For Mother Earth-Romania Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space l Romanian Young Nature Friends - Tinerii Prieteni ai Naturii l

Saudi Arabia lKapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS) l Lakas Manggagawa sa Silangang Probinsya (LMSP) l Symbol of Unity for Social Integration (SUSI) l Lakas Manggagawa sa Dammam l Lakas Manggagawa sa Jubail l Lakas Manggagawa sa Qatif l

Scotland
l Edinburgh Friends of the Earth l

Senegal

l ADESEN l Interface Trading-ATO l CONGAD (Conseil des ONG d'Appui au Développement)   

Slovakia
l Center for Environmental Public Advocacy/Friends of the Earth - Slovakia l

Somalia
l ECOTERRA l

South Africa
l eThekwini Ecoparty l Green Party of South Africa l

Spain
l Aedenat Sevilla Ecologistas en Acción l ATTAC Catalonia l Ecologistas en Acción l Ecologistas en Acción de La Rioja l Ecologistas en Acción Huesca l Ekologistak Martxan-Bizkaia l COLLA ECOLOGISTA L'ALBER l Tagoror Ecologista Alternativo l

Sudan
l ECOTERRA l

Sweden
l Green Party of Sweden - Miljöpartiet de Gröna l Forum for System Debate l Framtiden i Våra Händer l Miljöforbundet Jordens Vanner / Friends of the Earth Sweden l Swedish Greens in the European Parliament l Swedish Young Greens (Grön Ungdom) l

Switzerland
l Berne Declaration l Blueridge-Institute l CETIM (Europe Third World Center) l Ecumenical Parish Halden l European Coordination 'No patents on life!' l Medicus Mundi l Pro Natura - Friends of the Earth Switzerland l Swiss Coalition of Development Organizations l

Syria

l Iraqi Alamal Association, Syria

Tanzania
l ECOTERRA l

Thailand
l Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) l Focus on the Global South

Togo
l LES AMIS DE LA TERRE  l

Tunisia

l Association Tunisienne pour la Protection de la Nature et de l'environnement

Turkey
l Working Group Against MAI and Globalisation l

UK
l Arts in Action l Camel Area Friends of the Earth l Chapter 7 - The Planning Office of The Land is Ours l Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom l Centre for Food Policy l Christian Council for Monetary Justice l Christian Ecology Link l Cirencester Friends of the Earth l Communities Against Toxics l Compassion in World Farming l The Corner House, UK l  Corporate Watch l Coventry Trade Union Council l Devon Local Agenda 21 Network l ECO (The Campaign for Political Ecology) l ECOTERRA l Environmental Communicators Organisation l  Environment Resource and Information Centre l Falmouth Friends of the Earth l Fern, UK l FORUM for STABLE CURRENCIES l Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and North Ireland) l Future in Our Hands UK l The Gaia Trust l GM-FREE l Green Party of England and Wales l Halton Friends of the Earth Group l International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) l Lambeth Friends of the Earth l The Land is Ours l Leeds Friends of the Earth l Medical Mission Sisters l Mid & North Herts Friends of the Earth l The Nepal Kingdom Foundation Nottingham Friends of the Earth l New Economics Foundation l  People & Planet l Plants for a Future l Positive News l Saffron Walden Green Party l Saffron Walden Friends of the Earth l SAVE OUR WORLD l The Small and Family Farms Alliance l Southampton Animal Concern l Stort Valley Friends of the Earth l Swindon Friends of the Earth l Tourism Concern l Watford Friends of the Earth l World Development Movement l World Development Movement, Hull l World Voices l

Ukraine
l Ukrainian Environmental Association "Zelenyi Svit"/Friends of the Earth l

Uruguay
l Instituto del Tercer Mundo l REDES-Friends of the Earth l

U.S.
l 50 Years Is Enough Network l ACRE l Advocates of Sustainable Environmental Practices (ASEP) l Africa Faith & Justice Network  l Alliance for Democracy l Alliance for Democracy Maine l Alliance for Democracy, Santa Cruz, CA Chapter l Alliance for Democracy St. Louis Chapter l Alliance for Global Justice l Alliance of Filipino Immigrants and Advocates of Southern California l Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment l Alyansa ng Komunidad, Los Angeles l American Lands Alliance l Americas Indigenous Environmental Network  l  Animal Welfare Institute l Appalachian Peace and Justice Network l Arizona Green Party l Asia Pacific Center for Justice and Peace l Asia Pacific Environmental Exchange (APEX) l The Atlanta Labor Solidarity Organization l Balagtasan Collective, Los Angeles Basel Action Network (BAN) l Baltimore Green Party l BAYAN-DIWA, Washington, DC l BAYAN International-USA, Los Angeles l Bay Area Jubilee 2000 Coalition l The Biotechnology Task force of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group l Buckeye Forest Council l  The Buddhist Peace Fellowship l Cafe Campesina  l   Campaign for Labor Rights l Cascadia Forest Defenders l Cascadia Forest Alliance l Center for Balanced Development l Center for Economic Justice, USA l The Center for Economic Policy and Research l Center for Justice and Global Awareness l Center for Justice, Peace and the Environment l Cloud Forest Institute l Coalition for a Humane Economy  l Conference of Social Justice Educators of Southern California l Co-op America l Columbia River Bioregional Education Project l Committee for Human Rights in the Phillippines, San Francisco l Committee on Phillippine Issues, Chicago l Committee on Women, Hampshire College l Concerned Citizens Coalition of Roane, Calhoun and Gilmer Counties, of West Virginia l Corporate Watch, USA l Corvallis Action on Globalization l Council for Responsible Genetics l Cumberland Chapter - Save Our Cumberland Mountains l Cumberland Countians for Peace & Justice l The Daughters Sisters Project l Dominican Sisters of San Rafael   l  E.A.R.T.H. (Ecologically Aware and Responsible Together at Hampshire) l Earth WINS l ECO-Action  l Economic Justice Now l Economic Justice Now - Africa Committee l ECOTERRA l Endangered Habitats League l The Edmonds Institute l Environmental Action Group l Environmental Coalition on Nuclear Power l Escalante Wilderness Project l Essential Action l Fair Trade Federation  l Filipino Ministry of San Bernadino, CA l Filipino Workers' Center, New York l Filipino Workers' Committee, San Francisco l Finger Lakes Environmental Action (FLEA) l Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy l Food Not Bombs, Clearwater l Forest Guardians l For Future Generations l Foundation Kollective, Los Angeles l Free Our Rivers & Ecosystems United Midwesterners (FOREUM) l Friends of the Earth l Genesis Farm l  Global Exchange l Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) l Global Response l Grassroots International l Gray Panthers USA l Gray Panthers of San Francisco l Gray Panthers of Seattle l Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Alliance for Democracy l The Greens/Green Party USA l The Green Party of Tennessee l Greens of the Ozarks, USA l Groundwork for a Just World l Heron Food & Garden Co-op l Guatemala News and Information News Bureau  l Homes Not Jails DC  l Human Rights Action Service l Humane Society of the United States l Indiana Alliance for Democracy Institute l Interfaith Alliance for Human Rights l International Center for Peace and Justice l International Tranquility l  Justice Team, Sisters of Mercy  l Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy l Institute for Cultural Ecology l International Campaign for Responsible Technology l International Forum on Globalization l International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) l Institute for Local Self-Reliance l INTERCONNECT l International Alliance for People s Movements l International Development Exchange (IDEX) l International Marine Mammal Project and Wildlife Alive of Earth Island Institute, USA l International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)  l Iowa City Green Party l Ithaca Coalition for Global Justice l JustAct: Youth Action for Global Justice l Justice Action  l Justice and Peace Office, Society of Missionaries of Africa, North American Province l Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB), Los Angeles l KARAPATAN-Filipino Center for Human Rights, San Jose l The Label Labor Art Collaborative l League of Filipino Students, Chicago (LFS-Chicago) l League of Filipino Students-Los Angeles (LFS-Los Angeles) l League of Filipino Students, San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) l Leavenworth Audubon Adopt-a-Forest l Living Earth l Los Angeles/Orange Counties Legislation Committee, United Steelworkers of America l Low Income Families Together (LIFT)  l   Magic l Mangrove Action Project l Maine Peace Action Committee at the University of Maine, Orono l The McDowell Mountain Monitors l Methow Forest Watch l Marin Interfaith Task Force on Central America l Metro-Detroit Alliance for Democracy l Metro Justice of Rochester l Mexico Solidarity Network l Migrante International, USA l Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition l Mississippi 2020 Network Inc. l Mob4Glob l The MoKan Alliance for Democracy l Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon l Nagliliyab (Burning Bush), Los Angeles The National Child Rights Alliance l National Family Farm Coalition l National Lawyers Guild - International Law Project for Human, Economic & Environmental Defense (HEED) l Native Forest Council USA l Network for Global Economic Justice l Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatamala (NISGUA l  Network in Solidarity with the (NISPOP), New York  l Newton County Wildlife Association l New Yorkers for a Just Middle East Peace l People of the Phillippines New England Burma Roundtable l Nicaragua Center for Community Action l North American Coalition for Christianity and Ecology l Nuclear Information and Resource Service l Obed Watershed Association l Office for Economic Justice, Women's Division, United Methodist Church Board of Global Ministries  l Office of the Americas l Ohio Fair Trade Campaign l Organic Consumers Association l Ozark Regional Land Trust l Pacific Environment and Resources Center (PERC) l Panay Solidarity Network, Los Angeles l Paracelsus Consortium of USA l Park County Environmental Council l Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane l Peace Action of Washington State l People's Artists, Los Angeles l People's Health Network, Los Angeles l  Peninsula Peace and Justice Center l People-Centered Development Forum l PESANTE-Phillippine Peasant Support Network, Los Angeles l Pesticide Action Network North America l Phillippine Forum, New York l  Phillippine Information Network Services Hayward, (PINS-Hayward) l Phillippine Solidarity Committee, Chicago l Population and the Environment, Hampshire College l Population and Development Program, Hampshire College l Post WTO Coalition of Seattle l Preamble Center l Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide l Protect All Children's Environment l Protect Biodiversity in Public Forests l Public Citizen l Quantum Leap 2000 l The Quest for Peace/Quixote Center l Rainforest Action Network l Rainforest Relief l Resource Center of the Americas l   Rethinking Tourism Project l Rochester Food Not Bombs l Rocky Mountain Activist Network l Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center l Round Up for the Rainforest l Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural l Rural Vermont l San Diego Action Network l Sea Turtle Restoration Project l Save the Redwoods - Boycott the Gap Campaign l The Seattle Burma Roundtable l Simple Revolution? Farm! l Sisters of the Holy Names l Sisters of the Holy Names CA Province Justice and Peace Committee l Seattle NO to WTO! People's Assembly l Seattle Women Act for Peace l The Shalom Center l SEDG - Shenandoah Ecosystems Defense Group l Sisters of the Holy Names, California Province Leadership Team l Sleeper Action Network l Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) l Society of Animal Protective Legislation l Solar Energy Awareness Demonstrations Seminars l Solidarity Committee of PACE Local 2-0031 l South Bay People's Assembly l Southern Neighborhoods Network Southwest Organizing School l Southwest Ohio's Green Party l STITCH (Support Team International for Textileras) l Student Environmental Action Coalition at the University of Maine, Orono l Summit Free Press l Tenant Congress l Tennessee Industrial Relations Network (TIRN) l Toward Freedom l Transnational Resource and Action Center (TRAC) l TRANET l Treecycle l Unisun Communications l United Church of Christ - Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility l United for a Fair Economy l United Steelworkers of America, District #11 l United Steelworkers of America, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Legislative Committee l Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee, Olympia, WA l University of Wisconsin - Madison Greens l Washington Biotechnology Action Council l WAGE - West African Girls' Empowerment  l Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua l Wisconsin Environmental Law Society  l Witness for Peace Southwest l Women, Food and Agriculture Network l Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, USA l Worldview, Ltd. l

Zambia
l Catholic Students l  

Zimbabwe
 l African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) l Non Niolent Actions and Strategies for Social Change  l


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