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Civil Society Corrects Mainstream Media Narrative on Who Is Really to Blame at MC12

Developed Countries Have Blocked the Development Agenda; Real Access to Treatments, and Diagnostics; Flexibilities for Fisherfolk; and Permanent Solution on Food Security

Contact: Deborah James +12024416917, djames@cepr.net

Geneva, Switzerland —Today, a group of civil society representatives working together through the global Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network, dramatized a correction of the false media narrative that blames developing countries for what is happening in the WTO negotiations.

The vast majority of members of the WTO, who are developing countries, have made consistent and repeated contributions to the negotiations, to resolve the challenges to their development from harmful WTO rules. The EU, US, UK, and Switzerland have consistently blocked the proposals. Instead, these countries have demanded expansion of the WTO’s harmful policies on WTO reform, the false “WTO Response to the Pandemic;” Fisheries subsidies disciplines that hurt developing countries, and leaving in place onerous WTO rules on Agriculture.

High quality video here: https://ourworldisnotforsale.net/2022-06-16_R_protest.
Free-use photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vAIVUQzHxymQml4NDnk2bu7-17LWVTgW
Chants from the demonstration are below.

Over 50 civil society experts – trade unionists, farmers, development advocates, and consumer activists – from 24 countries have traveled to Geneva for the 12th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as part of the global Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network. Civil society delegates are at the WTO from: India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Pacific Islands, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK.

Videos of previous protests, and quotes from civil society, documents of analysis by CSOs are available here: https://ourworldisnotforsale.net/MC12. A media availability list of NGO experts, many of whom are in Geneva for MC12, is available here.

On the TRIPS waiver on intellectual property rules to save lives during the Covid pandemic, civil society leaders urged countries to reject the counter-proposal Director General text with its onerous new TRIPS+ provisions which would actually add new obligations to TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) on developing countries rather than save lives.

They demanded a permanent solution to public stockholding, so developing countries can achieve food security through increased production. They urged delegates to reject the anti-development fisheries text, and to start again with a pro-development proposals. And they condemned the Green Room tactics and false promise of “WTO Reform” which is actually a developed country agenda to abandon multilateralism, consensus, and development architecture of the WTO.

Our World Is Not for Sale “Mike Check” Chants, MC12, June 16, 2022

Mike check
What does the world need?
Access to vaccines
Diagnostics and therapeutics
10 Years is the Minimum!
Did we get it?

What does the world need?
Food security
Permanent Stockholding
Did we get it?

What does the world need?
Support fish stocks AND fisherfolk!
Did we get it?

What does the world need?
WTO transformation
Did we get it?

WTO failed the world
Why did it fail?
Developed countries blocked development!

Who is to blame?
Developing countries are to blame?
No, no, no no!

US, EU, UK, Switzerland!
Developed countries are to blame!
Give them the blame award!

Who blocked a real TRIPS waiver?
Access to Vaccines
Treatments, Diagnostics
Who pushed a FAKE TRIPS waiver
Will NOT expand access
Will NOT save lives!

EU, US, UK, Switzerland
Give them the blame award

Who’s blocking fisherfolk protections?
European Union!
Give them the blame award!

Who blocked REAL food security?
Permanent Solution
US, EU, Australia!
Give them the blame award!

Who blocked WTO transformation?
Development Agenda!
Developed countries!
Give them the blame award!

Who’s pushing false WTO reform?
EU, US, UK, Switzerland
Stop blocking development!

Give them the blame award!
European Union
United States
United Kingdom
Give them the blame award!

[Bell Rings]