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Updated June 19, 2011
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This page started out as a few links to the April 2001 Summit of the Americas* in Québec City,
but has expanded to include broader issues related to globalization...

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"The traditional left in Western nations tends to agree that globalization represents a profound transformation of the economic order, but see it as a profound threat to equality, social justice, and the vibrancy of democratic life. The movement of investment and production to countries with low wages, weak labour market regulations, limited social benefits, and few environmental controls is seen as "social dumping," which generates high levels of unemployment in the West and facilitates the exploitation of workers in the third world. From this perspective, unrestrained global markets seem to offer little beyond economic insecurity, eroding social programs, and rising levels of inequality in the distribution of income and wealth. At some point, such trends could only undermine the wider sense of social solidarity within nations."
Source:
Keith Banting
Social Policy Challenges in a Global Society
(1995)
[ International Development Research Centre ]

 
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Approaching the first anniversary of the June 26-27 Meeting of the G-20 in Toronto...

In the wake of our G-20 violence:
Canada can learn from the police reforms in Northern Ireland
(PDF - 144K, 1 page)
April 2011
By Barbara Ann Vocisano
When a police force is responsible for human rights violations, it defeats the purpose of policing. That is a lesson learned from Northern Ireland’s post-conflict transition, which offers lessons for Canadians as we deal with our controversial G-20 aftermath.Last summer’s G-20 policing disaster
raises alarm bells for those familiar with the conflict in Northern Ireland. Toronto images of police in full riot gear firing rubber bullets at peaceful demonstrators and brutally clubbing them were similar to those in Northern Ireland in January 1972 during Bloody Sunday.

[ Barbara Ann Vocisano is a Master of Arts-Legal Studies candidate in Carleton University’s Department of Law. She presented a longer version of this paper at the Sixth Annual Political Science Graduate Symposium at Dalhousie University, on March 10-11.]
Source:
CCPA Monitor
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

Interim Auditor General’s Opening Statement
2011 Spring and Status Reports Press Conference
June 9, 2011
Good morning. As you can see, I am not Sheila Fraser. My name is John Wiersema, Interim Auditor General of Canada. I served as Sheila’s deputy for the last seven years. I am pleased to present two reports from the Auditor General. Work for these reports was completed under Sheila’s mandate as Auditor General of Canada, which ended May 30th. The two reports were tabled in the House of Commons this morning.

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NOTE: The above statement is a general introduction by Sheila Fraser's interim successor as Auditor General of Canada to the
2011 Spring Report and the 2011 Status Report; below, you'll find links to both of those reports.

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Parliament was poorly informed about G8 and G20 funding
News Release
June 9, 2011
Parliament was never given a consolidated picture of how much funding was requested to host the G8–G20 summits in June 2010, says the Interim Auditor General of Canada, John Wiersema, in a Report tabled today in the House of Commons. Parliament received seven separate funding requests for 14 federal organizations in four submissions. The way the information was presented made it very difficult for parliamentarians to know the total amount of funding being requested for G8–G20 summits.

2011 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada
June 9, 2011
Chapter 1—Expenditures for the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits
Chapter 2—G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund
Chapter 3—Reserve Force Pension Plan—National Defence

[ earlier Auditor General reports to Parliament ]

Source:
Auditor General of Canada

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Selected media coverage
(all dated June 9, 2011):

* Ministers didn't follow policies for G8 spending: AG - CBC
* Conservatives misled Parliament over G8 costs: Auditor General
- Toronto Star
* Auditor blasts lack of transparency in doling out generous G8 funds - Globe and Mail
* Canada Auditor General: Parliament Poorly Informed About G8,G20 Costs - Wall Street Journal
* Audit report: Interim auditor-general blasts G8 legacy fund - National Post
* Nine things to know about the A-G’s spring 2011 report - National Post
* Opposition blows gasket as PM jets to Canucks-Bruins game - Globe and Mail

Earlier article about
Sheila Fraser's retirement:

Retiring Fraser urges vigilance over watchdog’s independence
By Daniel Leblanc
May 25, 2011
Sheila Fraser is nipping at the heels of the federal government to the very end, saying her successor must carefully protect the independence of the Office of the Auditor-General and its ability to criticize any misuse of public funds in Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is waiting until the fall to appoint the next Auditor-General, but he will face political pressure to choose a watchdog who will match Ms. Fraser’s ability to hammer home critical findings that force the government into action.
[ 874 comments ]
Source:
Globe and Mail

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

The Real G8/G20 - A Civil Society Response
We are a group of Canadian cross-media activists concerned about the erosion of democracy in our Country. We volunteer our time to bring you this site.
Our mainstream media has failed to report the real issues that have motivated thousands of people to protest the G8/G20 Summits. It has failed to critically address the intimidation, abuse and illegal actions of the police, which have resulted in the broad abuse of our civil rights.

The Real G8/G20: A Civil Society Response is a political and artistic response to this failure, and a showcase of diverse concerns about global economic, social and climate injustice. It is a content-rich forum for citizen media: video, film, photography and editorial works by artists, activists, social justice organizations and independent media.

www.therealg8g20.com refuses to let the mainstream media shape the story of the G8/G20 through a myopic lens. As a repository of the perspectives of those who filled the streets in protest, it provides a counter-reference through which history was made.

Join the conversation
Visit our “Submit Content” page:
Therealg8g20.com/submit

July 7, 2010
G20 links from Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) :

Margaret Atwood’s take:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/a-second-chance-or-a-boot-in-the-face/article1629286/

Norman Perrin returns civilian citation in protest:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/832700--fiorito-a-brave-man-s-g20-protest

SIU investigating assaults by police:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/832542--civilian-body-siu-to-probe-g20-role-of-police

Police union chief says independent inquiry will have no teeth:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/07/mccormack-g20-police-review414.html

MPs to wade in:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/mps-wade-into-g20-security-swamp/article1631864/

Pressure grows for better review:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/police-watchdog-investigating-five-injuries-from-g20-weekend/article1631726/

Star says Board review not enough:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/832814--board-review-of-g20-not-enough

McGuinty says he doesn’t want another; more discussion of five-metre “rule”:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/07/g20-mcguinty.html

Also says Charter guy also invoked War Measures Act. So there:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/833319--mcguinty-invokes-trudeau-and-nixon-to-defend-g20-actions

More on the protester who had his prosthetic leg taken by police:
CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/07/g20-summit-police-protester-pruyn.html

Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/man-says-police-ripped-off-his-prosthetic-leg-during-g20-protest/article1631779/

Post:
http://www.nationalpost.com/police+yanked+prosthetic+amputee/3243287/story.html

Security cameras being removed from downtown Toronto :
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/06/g20-cameras.html

Why Tim Hudak is a knob:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/radwanski/tim-hudak-cops-out/article1631278/

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July 5-6 links:

“Those responsible for ‘one of the most grotesque public expressions of police brutality, intimidation and mass violation of civil liberties’ need to be held to account”:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/05/g20-detentions.html

Police board orders independent (but not public) inquiry:
CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/06/g20-police-review611.html

Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/independent-review-of-toronto-police-g20-conduct-moves-ahead/article1629887/

Post:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07/06/adam-vaughan-independent-review-of-g20-police-actions-coming

Two more stories of unlawful detention:

Niagara at Large:
http://niagaraatlarge.com/2010/07/05/thorold-ontario-amputee-has-his-artificial-leg-ripped-off-by-police-and-is-slammed-in-makeshift-cell-during-g20-summit

Globe:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/swept-from-a-peaceful-protest/article1624908/

Adam Radwanski says why the five-metres matters:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/radwanski/why-the-five-metres-mattered/article1628801/

Protests in Montreal , Toronto , Edmonton against G20 policing:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/07/01/toronto-g20-protest.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/07/03/edm-g20-protest.html

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/831780--protesters-in-edmonton-march-to-demand-inquiry-into-arrests-at-g20-in-toronto

Another story of random high-handed abuse of police power in Toronto :

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/of-a-million-g20-stories-in-this-taken-city-this-was-mine/article1627063/

The Official
Final Statement from G-20 Leaders:

The G-20 Toronto Summit Declaration
June 26-27, 2010
HTML version
PDF version
(494K, 27 pages)
"(...)
5. Recognizing the importance of achieving strong job growth and providing social protection to our citizens, particularly our most vulnerable, we welcome the recommendations of our Labour and Employment Ministers, who met in April 2010, and the training strategy [see Related Links below] prepared by the International Labour Organization in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

6. We are determined to be accountable for the commitments we have made, and have instructed our Ministers and officials to take all necessary steps to implement them fully within agreed timelines. (...)"

Related links:

* International Labour Organization (ILO)
* Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

* The ILO/OECD training strategy:
A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth:
Proposals to G20 Leaders for a Training Strategy
as per their request in Pittsburgh in September 2009
(MS Word file - 432K, 46 pages)
Geneva, June 2010

Article by Carol Goar of the Toronto Star
concerning the ILO/OECD Training Strategy:

Skills training, good jobs and growth
By Carol Goar
June 28 2010
Recognizing they faced the prospect of a jobless recovery, world leaders pledged nine months ago in Pittsburgh to “support robust training efforts in our growth strategies and investments.” They asked the International Labour Organization (ILO), a Geneva-based United Nations agency, to develop a training strategy for consideration at their June 27 G20 summit in Toronto. The document, entitled A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth, was presented at yesterday’s meeting. It was far-sighted, intelligent and practical. It gave G20 leaders a way to put decent jobs at the heart of the post-recession economy. It would be profoundly disappointing if they ignored the ILO report. It offers the hope of a better future to the 4.5 billion people they represent. But there appears to be little political will — at least in Canada — to look beyond the stabilization of financial markets, the shift from stimulus to restraint and the provision of targeted assistance to poor countries.
Source:
The Toronto Star

G20/G8 Links

* G20 Toronto Summit (official Govt. of Canada website)
* City of Toronto G20 website
* Integrated Security Unit website
* Muskoka 2010 G8 Summit (official Govt. of Canada website)
* G20 coverage on thestar.com
* G20 Toronto star Blog
* PM's G8 representative's blog
* Toronto Community Mobilization Network
* U of T G8 Information Centre
* 2010 People's Summit
[Thanks to thestar.com (Toronto Star) for posting
this list of G20/G8 links on its website.]

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From the Government of Canada:

Canada to host G8 and G20 Summits
Canada is proud to host the G8 and G20 Summits this June under the overarching theme: “Recovery and New Beginnings.” The G20 has been designated as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. At the same time, the G8 continues to have a critical and influential role in the field of development and security. While the two summits are complementary and mutually reinforcing, they will be held separately and have distinct agendas developed by their own member countries. The G8 Summit will take place in Huntsville, Ontario, June 25 and 26. The G20 Summit will take place in Toronto, Ontario, June 26 and 27.

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G8
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Muskoka 2010 G8 Summit - Official federal government Summit Home Page
June 25-26, 2010
Canada is proud to assume the 2010 G8 Presidency and will host this year’s G8 summit on June 25-26 in Canada’s Muskoka region. The Group of Eight (G8) brings together the world’s major advanced economies—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Canada’s G8 priorities
from the Prime Minister
(26 January 2010)
- focus is on maternal and child health

About the G8
- a few general paragraphs about the G8 plus links to (govt.) information for each of the member states and past summits
[NOTE: the "Past Summits" link contains summit documents, press releases and statements back to 2001...]

Ministers' Meetings
Foreign and finance ministers have always played a key role in the G8...

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From the Prime Minister's Office:

Prime Minister’s address at the World Economic Forum
28 January 2010
Davos, Switzerland
... where he lays out Canada’s priorities for the G8 Summit.

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G8 Information Centre
- at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies
The G8 Information Centre provides:
* G7/G8 background information
* all documentation arising from G7 summit meetings: delegations; communiqués; political declarations; other official releases; documents released by national delegations at summits; transcripts of summit news conferences.
* available documentation from G7 ministerial and other meetings
* Scholarly articles and bibliographies about the G7 process, produced by members of the G7 Research Group at the University of Toronto, and others.

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G20
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G20 Toronto 2010 Summit - Official federal government Summit Home Page
June 26-27, 2010
Canada is proud to host the fourth G20 summit on June 26-27 in Toronto. The Republic of Korea, G20 Chair for 2010, will host the fifth summit in November in Seoul. Established in 1999, following the Asian financial crisis in 1997, the G20 convened annual meetings of finance ministers and central bank governors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

Summit Themes
Under the theme of “Recovery and New Beginnings,” the G20 Toronto Summit will focus on recovery from the global economic and financial crisis and the implementation of commitments from previous G20 summits, while laying the foundation for sustainable and balanced growth.

About the G20
- a few general paragraphs about the G20 and leaders' summits, plus links to (govt.) information for each of the member states and past summits
[NOTE: the "Past Summits" link contains summit documents
for the last three meetings in 2008 and 2009 and communiqués for earlier meetings back to 1999.]

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G20 Information Centre
- at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies

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G8/G20
Non-governmental links
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The 2010 People's Summit
We are people working for solidarity, self-determination, human rights, justice, peace, a healthy planet, and transformative social change. We are groups that question the status quo and the supremacy of global capitalism. We are a movement of many movements, organizing for the other world we know is possible. The People’s Summit is being coordinated by a committee made up of members of non governmental and civil society organizations, as well as non-affiliated peoples. Currently, membership consists of representatives from a wide range of groups, from the Canadian Federation of Students to Oxfam Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress.
[ see the complete list of Steering Committee Members ]
- includes links to : * Calendar * Home * Upcoming Events * Call Out for Programming * Ways to Support the People's Summit * Allies in G20 Organizing * G8/G20 News/Info/Links * Coming to Toronto? * For the Media (Press Releases) * Who Are We? * Get Involved

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At The Table - Make your voice heard at the G8 and G20 summits
At the Table is made up of international NGOs, poverty groups, climate change groups, students, faith groups, organized labour organizations and more than 60 Canadian groups working on G8 and G20 issues. At The Table supporters will gather around hundreds of tables – in restaurants, living rooms, church halls, town squares, classrooms and online meeting spaces – to tell world leaders they need to live up to their promises to meet the Millennium Development Goals and cut world poverty in half by 2015. Politicians from all levels of government will be invited to join these table discussions. Supporters will create a huge photo petition in cyberspace which will be presented to world leaders at the start of the Summits. [ Excerpt from Who We Are ]

* The Issues
--- Poverty and inequality --- Climate change --- The global economy

* Press releases

* Partner Organizations (30) - with graphic links to their websites

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G8-G20 Summits 2010 --- from Oxfam Canada
With the G8 and G20 Summits taking place in Canada this summer, Oxfam is working to make sure that world leaders step up to the plate in tackling global poverty.

* The Robin Hood Tax
- two-minute video explaining the Robin Hood Tax : "... tiny fee on financial transactions – paid by banks, not by people – it would raise billions of dollars for fighting poverty and climate change at home and around the world."

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G8/G20 Toronto Community Mobilization Network
The Group of 8 Leaders and the Group of 20 Leaders are meeting in Ontario from June 25-27, 2010. Toronto-based organizations of women, people of colour, indigenous peoples, the poor, the working class, queer and trans people and disabled people are organizing a people's convergence. Join Us!
- incl. links to: * Get informed * Get involved * Schedule * Tools * News * Media

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G8 Live
G8 Live is an initiative of the student division of the G8 Research Group, the world’s leading independent research institute providing information and analysis on the G8. (...) The G8 Research Group is a network of scholars, professionals and students interested in the activities of the G8. Founded in 1987 and based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.
- includes links to: * Home * Country Analysis * Issue Analysis * Civil Society Studies * Reports * About Us

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
* G8
* G20
NOTE: despite their short titles, I recommend both of these Wikipedia entries --- they contain scads of information, along with links to further information and links to external related websites.

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The globalization of solidarity: A draft communiqué for the G8/G20
By Duncan Cameron
April 22, 2010
What kind of message do we want to see following the upcoming June meetings of the G8/G20 in Ontario? More of the same is dangerous for humanity. (...) As usual, the G8/G20 meetings will work out a communiqué in advance setting out points of agreement. [Click the link above] to read "a draft communiqué offered in the spirit of bringing out a "frank exchange of views" prior to the Canadian G20 summit in Toronto and G8 in Muskoka.
Source:
rabble.ca

Statement of G8 Finance Ministers
Lecce, Italy
13 June 2009
"We, the G8 Finance Ministers, remain focused on addressing the ongoing global economic and financial crisis. We have taken forceful and coordinated action to stabilize the financial sector and provide stimulus to restore economic growth. There are signs of stabilization in our economies, including a recovery of stock markets, a decline in interest rate spreads, improved business and consumer confidence, but the situation remains uncertain and significant risks remain to economic and financial stability..."

Source:
Finance Canada

Related link from Finance Canada:

International Activities
- includes several dozen links to news releases, statements, working group reports, etc. from meetings with the following bodies:
*
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
* G-7
* G-8
* G-20
* International Monetary Fund (IMF)
* Western Hemisphere Finance Ministers

 

Minister of Finance Tables Annual Reports on Canada's Participation in World Bank, IMF and EBRD
News Release
March 31, 2009
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled in Parliament two annual reports detailing Canada's leadership role and ongoing priorities in vital international financial institutions: Canada at the IMF and World Bank—Report on Operations Under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act and Canada at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development—Report on Operations Under the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Agreement Act.
Related documents:
* Canada at the IMF and World Bank 2008—Report on Operations Under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act
* Canada at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development—Report on Operations Under the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Agreement Act
(Click the news release link to access these two documents)
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

 

Letter to Prime Minister Harper re. forthcoming G-20 meeting on the global financial crisis
March 26, 2009
Re.: Forthcoming G-20 meeting on the global financial crisis

Dear Prime Minister:
As you head to London next week for the second Group of Twenty (G-20) meeting, we are writing to urge Canadian leadership on four key issues related to the impact of the financial crisis on poor countries that we feel have been neglected up until now. To date, your government has focused primarily on addressing the immediate fallout of the financial crisis, and has taken steps to restore the flow of credit and consumer confidence, boost spending, and create jobs. Canada has also encouraged G-20 countries to avoid protectionist measures that will only exacerbate the current climate. It is of course imperative to agree on immediate measures to address the crisis. But we are deeply concerned about the lack of attention the G-20 has given so far to four key areas* that impact both the North and South. We strongly urge Canada to support action on these issues at the upcoming G-20.
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* The four key areas:
- Ending global poverty and inequality
- Ensuring decent jobs and public services for all
- Using stimulus packages to build a Green Economy and tackle climate change
- Democratizing the governance of the global economy
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This letter was signed by 18 representatives from unions, church groups and non-governmental organizations
(including the Halifax Initiative Coalition, Council of Canadians, Democracy Watch, Make Poverty History Canada and many more)

Source:
The Halifax Initiative is a Canadian coalition of development, environment, faith-based, human rights and labour groups. Our goal is to fundamentally transform the international financial system and its institutions, namely the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and export credit agencies.
[ Reports and Analysis ]
[ Links to NGO partners, government organizations and multilateral institutions ]

Related links:

Poverty fight wins unanimous consent
Advocates can measure government action against its call for income security and social infrastructure.
All-party support for anti-poverty motion could provide a yardstick to measure government action.by Ish Theilheimer
OTTAWA, March 12, 2009
The four parties of the House of Commons joined this week in a rare show of unity to support a House motion which urges world leaders to make a priority of fighting poverty. NDP MP Tony Martin and Conservative Senator Hugh Segal took the initiative on the resolution, aimed at upcoming G8 and G20 meetings. The two spoke in New York at an anti-poverty conference and developed a joint strategy to move resolutions, in the Commons and Senate, urging that fighting poverty be made a priority in any future stimulus packages. (...) The motion calls for world governments to work against poverty through critical income security initiatives and social infrastructure investments.
Source:
HarperIndex.ca
Harper Index is a project of the Golden Lake Institute
and the online publication StraightGoods.ca

 

A Movement of Ideas:
The World Social Forum, is it a Model for Political Change?
(PDF - 562K, 19 pages)
By Jessica Corbeil
January 2009
[Posted on the CCPA website February 18]
"(...) Despite the criticisms of the World Social Forum, it is difficult to deny its strengths. Unlike the World Economic Forum, WSF promotes ideas of open and frank discussions which include people from a variety of different cultural and economic backgrounds. Rather than acting on behalf of a single agenda (as is often the case in organizations such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund) the WSF, instead, chooses to give the masses a voice. A comparable organization of such a grand scope is simply not present in the Northern hemisphere."
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Related links:

World Social Forum (WSF)
The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action.

- incl. links to WSF 2009 event

World Social Forum - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"(...) The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting held by members of the anti-globalization (using the term globalization in a doctrinal sense not a literal one) or alter-globalization movement to coordinate world campaigns, share and refine organizing strategies, and inform each other about movements from around the world and their issues. It tends to meet in January when its "great capitalist rival", the World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos, Switzerland."

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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 28 January - 1 February 2009
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the worldby engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

World Economic Forum - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The World Economic Forum is a Geneva-based non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world including health and the environment.

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Canada at the 2009 World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland
January 30 - February 1, 2009
Minister Day will attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he will advance Canada's trade, investment, and science and technology interests with Canada's key partners present at the meeting. More than 40 heads of state and government, with upwards of 20 Ministers of Trade, and 1,400 business executives are expected to attend the meeting.
- incl. links to : Media Centre - Related Links - Photos and Videos - Fast facts on Canada (European Union commercial relations + European Free Trade Association) - more..
Source:
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Ministers Day and Flaherty to Attend Davos World Economic Forum
News Release
January 29, 2009
The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, will travel to Davos, Switzerland, from January 30 to February 1, 2009, to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The theme of this year’s meeting is "shaping the post-crisis world."
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Related links:

World Economic Forum
Annual Meeting 2009
"Shaping the Post-Crisis World"

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland
28 January - 1 February 2009

[ World Economic Forum Home Page - "Committed to improving the state of the world"]

World Economic Forum - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world including health and the environment.

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World Social Forum
January 27 - February 1, 2009
Belém (Brasil)

World Social Forum - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"(...) The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting held by members of the anti-globalization (using the term globalization in a doctrinal sense not a literal one) or alter-globalization movement to coordinate world campaigns, share and refine organizing strategies, and inform each other about movements from around the world and their issues. It tends to meet in January when its "great capitalist rival", the World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos, Switzerland."

 

G8 Summit meeting - July 7-9, 2008

Hokkaido Toyako Summit - Home page
Hokkaido, Japan
July 7-9, 2008

Press Conference by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
July 9, 2008
"(...)We, the G8, arrived at a common view which is to seek to adopt as a global target the goal of at least a 50% reduction of global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2050. This, needless to say, is based on a premise that the G8 including the US agree on this goal..."
[ All Summit documents ]

Related G8 Meetings in 2008

Canada's G8 Website - Government of Canada

G8 Information Centre - University of Toronto
*
G8 Live - G8 news and analysis <=== Recommended!!

United States President George W Bush’s last Group of Eight…
11 July 2008
United States President George W Bush’s last Group of Eight (G8) summit only inched forward the fight against climate change but drew the battle lines more sharply than ever between rich and poor nations. The G8 major industrial powers agreed at a three-day summit in northern Japan to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming by at least half by 2050, the strongest language yet signed by Mr Bush.

34th G8 summit (July 7-9, 2008) - from Wikipedia

G8 - from Wikipedia

"G8" is short for "Group of Eight," just as G7 is short for "Group of Seven."
The eight members of the G8 are, in order of their rotating hosting responsibilities:
* France * United States * United Kingdom * Russia (as of 2006) * Germany * Japan * Italy * Canada
The G7 consists of the same members without Russia.
There is a ninth member of both the G7 and G8: the European Union
What about the G20?

Related links:

G8 Finance Ministers Meeting - Home page
Osaka Japan
June 13-14, 2008

From the Department of Finance Canada:

Statement of the G-8 Finance Ministers Meeting
Osaka Japan
June 14, 2008
"(...)We will work to ensure that the conditions are in place for continued strong world economic growth."
- incl. * World Economy * Commodity Prices * Climate Change * Development * Abuses of the Financial System

G8 Action Plan for Climate Change to Enhance
the Engagement of Private and Public Financial Institutions

Osaka Japan
June 14, 2008

G8 summit marked by impotence and division
By Nick Beams
9 July 2008
Source:
World Socialist Website

 

NAFTA's legacy: the worst agreement we ever signed
By Murray Dobbin
March 5, 2008
In the aftermath of Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's threats to "renegotiate" NAFTA — or pull out — the usual suspects have been activated to tell the world how wonderful the deal has been for Canada and the United States. (...) When its history is written, NAFTA could rightly be described as the worst agreement ever signed by a Canadian government.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

 

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008
The Power of Collaborative Innovation
23-27 January, Davos, Switzerland

The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation. We are striving towards a world-class corporate governance system where values are as important a basis as rules.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
closes with call for a new kind of collaborative leadership

Press Release
Davos, Switzerland
27 January 2008
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 closed today with a call by business, government and civil society leaders for a new brand of collaborative and innovative leadership to address the challenges of globalization, particularly the pressing problems of conflict – especially in the Middle East, terrorism, climate change and water conservation

From Google.ca:
"World Economic Forum" Web Search
"World Economic Forum" News Search

World Social Forum 2008
The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action.

World Social Forums have taken place at the end of January at different sites throughout the world each year for the past seven years, and their spirit will continue to be reflected in the activities planned at those same sites and worldwide in 2008.

NOTE: The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting held by members of the anti-globalization (using the term globalization in a doctrinal sense not a literal one) or alter-globalization movement to coordinate world campaigns, share and refine organizing strategies, and inform each other about movements from around the world and their issues. It tends to meet in January when its "great capitalist rival", the World Economic Forum is meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This is not a coincidence.
Source:
World Social Forum - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

From Google.ca:
"World Social Forum" Web Search
"World Social Forum" News Search

Links to World Social Forum related sites:

www.forumsocialmundial.org.br
Historical information site run by the Sao Paulo WSF office.
There you can find news, subscribe to the WSF newsletter, and read many articles about WSF events and process.

www.wsfprocess.net
First WSF process dedicated site. You can network here with over 1500 organisations and 4500 people, and form “groups” of people from various organisations, collaborating on “activities” and “proposals” for social change.
These can be linked to social forum events and can be publicized.

Links to Continental Social Forum Sites:

www.openesf.net
A new networking site for the European Social Forum process

The Canada connection:

Services for Business:
Canada at World Economic Forum 2008
January 25-26, 2008
City of Davos
Minister Emerson and Minister Bernier took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Source:
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

 

Free trade has failed to live up to its promises—study
Press Release
December 28, 2007
OTTAWA— Twenty years after Canada signed the Free Trade Agreement its biggest boosters have grown wealthier but promises ofbetter jobs and rising living standards fell short, says a study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was signed on January 2, 1988. The study examines what’s happened since: It takes a sample of 41 Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) member companies – the leading supporter of free trade – and finds they shrank their workforce by 19.6% while their revenues grew by 127%.

Complete study:

20 Years Later: Has Free Trade Delivered on its Promise? (PDF file - 179K, 7 pages)
December 2007

More CCPA research & publications
on international trade & investment, deep integration

All CCPA publications (select from the list in the left-hand margin)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 

G8 Summit Heiligendamm June 6-8 2007
- Schedule and Topics
- G8 News

Related links:

Prime Minister Harper to participate in Canada-European Union and G8 Summits
June 3, 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will participate in both the Canada-EU Summit in Berlin, Germany on June 4 and the G8 Summit taking place in Heiligendamm from June 6 to 8.
Source:
Canada's G8 Website - Government of Canada

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
33rd G8 summit - Heiligendamm
G8 - general info

G8 Information centre - University of Toronto

G8 2007 NGO Platform

From the World Socialist Website:

Global social, political tensions dominate G-8 summit
By Peter Schwarz
June 6, 2007
The Group of 8 summit of industrialized nations, due to begin today in the German holiday resort of Heiligendamm, is dominated by extreme tensions, expressed both openly and indirectly. There has been no comparable summit in terms of the conflicts between the major powers since the launching of the annual meeting of world leaders 32 years ago.

On eve of G-8 summit: Tensions between US and Russia erupt in mutual recriminations
June 4, 2007

Tens of thousands to protest on eve of G-8 summit: Fight against war and social reaction requires a socialist strategy
June 1, 2007

 

Workers suffer continent-wide under NAFTA
Three-country study details effects on economies, labour markets
Press Release
September 28, 2006
Twelve years under the rules of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has had a perverse impact on the distribution of income, wealth, and political power across the continent. A new three-country report shows that NAFTA has not lived up to its promise of better jobs and faster growth for Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Instead it has promoted an integrated continental economy with rules set by and for the benefit of the political and economic elite. NAFTA Revisited, a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute, details the trade deal’s effects on the economies, working people and the labor markets of all three nations.

Complete report:

Revisiting NAFTA:
Still not working for North America's workers
- PDF File, 745 K, 60 pages)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - National Office

 

G8 Meetings 2006
St. Petersburg, Russia
July 15-17, 2006

Program

Keep scrolling down this page for more G8 2006 links.

 

The View from the Summit – Gleneagles G8 One Year On
News Release
[9 June 2006] – The View from the Summit – Gleneagles G8 One Year On, a new report from international agency Oxfam released on Friday shows that decisions made at last year's G8 in Scotland, following huge pressure from campaigners around the world, have led to real improvement in the lives of some of the world's poorest people. However, Oxfam is concerned that while debt cancellation is starting to be delivered, the growth in aid in key G8 nations is not enough to meet the promises made at the Gleneagles G8.
Source:
Child Rights Information Network

Complete report:

The view from the summit – Gleneagles G8 one year on (PDF file - 193K, 17 pages)
OXFAM Briefing Note
9 June 2006
Source:
OXFAM

See also:

Canada's G8 Website (Govt. of Canada)
G8 Information Centre - at the University of Toronto

 

The G8 Summit will take place July 15-17 (2006) in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
G8 Finance Ministers met on June 9-10 (2006) , also in Saint Petersburg.

Pre Summit Statement by G8 Finance Ministers
June 10, 2006
"We met and discussed today a number of global economic issues in preparation for the annual Summit of G8 Heads of State and Government in St. Petersburg. We also had productive discussions with colleagues from Australia, Brazil, the People's Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea and Nigeria." More...

G8 Finance Ministers Statement on Access to
Energy Services for the Millennium Development Goals

June 10, 2006

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty to attend G8 Finance Ministers Meeting in St. Petersburg,
Russia, on June 10, and to visit London and Dublin, on June 12 and 13, 2006
Notice to the Media
June 7, 2006

Source:
International Activities
- incl. links to : General - G-7/G-8 - G-20 - International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Western Hemisphere Finance Ministers
- NOTE: be sure to check out the rich content of this Finance Canada subsite --- it contains links to dozens of statements, reports, press releases and backgrounders, going back to 1999.
[ Department of Finance Canada ]

Related Links:

G8 Saint Petersburg Russia 2006:
Official Website of the G8 Presidency
of the Russian Federation in 2006

- incl. links to:
News - links to three pages of releases (50+ releases) issued in June 2006
G8 (including previous meetings back to Denver in 1997)
Agenda
Working Meetings - dates of all meetings taking place in 2006, including links to further info
Venue
Media
Contacts

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A Call out to protest against G8 summit of 2006
in St. Petersburg, Russia July 15-17 2006

- from Peoples' Global Action

A Call for Action Against G8 Summit of 2006
- from
all4all.org - global action database
- includes links to half a dozen related websites

Google.ca News Search Results:
"G8, St. Petersburg, 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results:
"G8, St. Petersburg, 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

Selected G8 Gleneagles website content
(this link takes you further down on the page you're now reading)

 

Canada's 2006 Election: A Chilling Echo of Bush's Republicans
by Professor John Ryan
February 4, 2006
"The 2006 federal election has set the stage for a possible dismantling of Canada's distinctive social and economic fabric. The newly evolved Conservative Party, in many respects a chilling echo of the USA's Republican Party, is poised for a two-stage attack to reshape Canada in line with its Canadian version of America's neoconservative ideology."

Source:
Centre for Research on Globalisation
[ Version française : Centre de recherche sur la mondialisation ]
The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of writers, scholars and activists. It is a registered non profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada.
- incl. news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes.

Related Link:

Conservative Party Links to Right Wing American Groups
"Over 20 candidates and members of Parliament for the Conservative Party of Canada, including leader Stephen Harper, Justice Critic Vic Toews, Foreign Affairs Critic Stockwell Day and Firearms Critic Garry Breitkreuz, have links to organizations established under the umbrella of the Council for National Policy, an American group that the New York Times calls a “club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country,” and which Rolling Stone reports has 'funnelled billions of dollars to right-wing Christian activists.'"
PDF version of the complete report (379K, 20 pages)
Source:
www.harperstiestousa.org

 

World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference Hong Kong 2005
http://www.whiteband.org/specialIssues/WTO/NewsListingSection/en
13-18 December 2005
Source:
Global Call to Action Against Poverty
http://www.whiteband.org/

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) web page on the WTO conference:
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6717&flag=event
NOTE: all 15 WTO links in this section are from the CRINMAIL (e-mail newsletter) #739: Special Edition on the World Trade Organisation Talks"
You can find the entire issue (#739) here:
http://www.domeus.co.uk/forum/crinmail_english
I can't offer you the exact link to issue 739 because the CRIN website is down for "maintenance" today, as I type these words --- if the link is still broken when you click it, try again later...
Here's the table of contents to CRINMAIL 739:
- WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION TALKS: What are they? [Q&A]
- CHILD POVERTY: Impacts of trade liberalisation on poor children [publication]
- HUMAN RIGHTS: Using exception clauses to protect human rights [publication]
- TRADE INVADERS: Developing Countries' Right to Protect [publication]
- FAIR TRADE: Supporting poor countries to trade their way out of poverty [publication]
- USEFUL WEBSITES: International organisations, News and NGOs [resources]

BBC's in-depth section on the talks:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/business/2004/world_trade/default.stm

The WTO information page for NGOs:
http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/min05_e/ngo_info_e.htm

WTO homepage:
http://www.wto.org

WTO Hong Kong talks page:
http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/min05_e/min05_e.htm

The host government's website for the talks:
http://www.wtomc6.gov.hk

International Monetary Fund (IMF):
http://www.imf.org/external/np/speeches/2005/121405.htm

OECD and the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Conference:
http://www.oecd.org/document/45/0,2340,en_2649_201185_35738477_1_1_1_1,00.html

Inter Press Service News Agency, special coverage on the summit entitles: Trade Justice: The
Challenge of the WTO Ministerial Conference:

http://www.ipsnews.net/new_focus/wto/index.asp

BBC in depth coverage, The Battle over Trade:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/business/2004/world_trade/default.stm

World Development Movement:
http://www.wdm.org.uk/wto/index.htm

War on Want, The Ding Dong in Hong Kong:
http://www.waronwant.org/?lid=11088

Public Citizen, Global Trade Watch:
http://www.citizen.org/trade/

Oxfam's Make Trade Fair website:
http://www.maketradefair.com

 

Globalisation and the Reform
of European Social Models

André Sapir
Background document for the presentation at ECOFIN Informal
Meeting in Manchester, 9 September 2005

Complete paper (PDF file - 117K, 19 pages)
Executive summary (PDF file - 26K, 2 pages)

Four European Social Models

"There are so many differences among national welfare state systems that the very notions of “European model” or “Social Europe” are rather dubious. I prefer to use the now familiar grouping of national systems into four different social policy models in order to examine the relative performance of each model along a number of dimensions. The four models cover four different geographical areas.

Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland and Sweden, plus the Netherlands) feature the highest levels of social protection expenditures and universal welfare provision. There is extensive fiscal intervention in labour markets based on a variety of “active” policy instruments. Strong labour unions ensure highly compressed wage structures.

Anglo-Saxon countries (Ireland and the United Kingdom) feature relatively large social assistance of the last resort. Cash transfers are primarily oriented to people in working age. Activation measures are important as well as schemes conditioning access to benefits to regular employment. On the labour market side, this model is characterized by a mixture of weak unions, comparatively wide and increasing wage dispersion and relatively high incidence of low-pay employment.

Continental countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg) rely extensively on insurance-based, non-employment benefits and old-age pensions. Although their membership is on the decline, unions remain strong as regulations extend the coverage of collective bargaining to non-union situations.

Finally, Mediterranean countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain), concentrate their social spending on old-age pensions and allow for a high segmentation of entitlements and status. Their social welfare systems typically draw on employment protection and early retirement provisions to exempt segments of the working age population from participation in the labour market. The wage structure is, at least in the formal sector, covered by collective bargaining and strongly compressed."
[Excerpt from the paper, pp. 5-6]

Source:
BRUEGEL (Brussels)
"... a new think tank whose aim is to contribute to the quality of economic policymaking in Europe"

 

FastFacts: Let’s Make a (New) Deal
September 2, 2005
"Just a year ago, Ottawa geared up its official propaganda machine to praise NAFTA’s 15-year record at stimulating trade and boosting efficiency (seemingly oblivious to the almost weekly headlines bemoaning Canada’s poor productivity performance). Now, quickly, most Canadians (even in official circles) acknowledge the painful truth: this trade deal is a dud."
Source:
Manitoba Office Publications
[ Manitoba Office ]
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

 

G8 Gleneagles - the official G8 Summit website
July 6-8, 2005
"Every year since 1975, the heads of state of the major industrial democracies have met to discuss and debate the major policy issues affecting the international community and their own domestic situations. This year this important meeting (referred to as the G8 Summit) was held at the Gleneagles Resort in Scotland. This site is the homepage for the summit, and as such, contains a host of materials on the meeting, including a FAQ section, information about the countries that participated in the G8, and a glossary of relevant terms. Of course, most visitors will want to learn about the main issues that will be dealt with this year, such as countering terrorism and climate change. The "Summit Documents" area is a section that definitely warrants a closer look, as it contains information on previous summits and policy statements that were adopted during these meetings."
Review by The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005

Signed Version of Gleneagles Communique on
Africa, Climate Change, Energy and Sustainable Development
(PDF file - 328K, 32 pages)

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Here's Make Poverty History's Response to the G8 Communique - July 8
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Chair's Summary, Gleneagles Summit
July 8
"(...)We have agreed to double aid for Africa by 2010. Aid for all developing countries will increase, according to the OECD, by around $50bn per year by 2010, of which at least $25bn extra per year for Africa."

Day-by-day guide to G8 events
- includes links to news releases, analysis, background, and more...
Source:
BBC

Canada's G8 Website (Govt. of Canada)
- includes Summit documents from the current and past summits, news releases, ministerials, past and future summits, how the G8 works, G* backgrounders, members, and more...
G8 Information Centre - at the University of Toronto
G8 Alternatives Website

Make Poverty History (Canada) [Platform] - "...united by the common belief that poverty can be ended."
Make Poverty History Canada at the G8 Summit - A Make Poverty History (MPH) team is in Scotland at the G8 Summit.
Live8 - The Long Walk to Justice

Make Poverty History (International)
- Make Poverty History Response to G8 Communique
- July 8

 

Canada at the 2005 G8 Summit
June 2005
The 2005 G8 Summit will take place in Gleneagles, Scotland from July 6-8, and will focus on the challenges of Africa and climate change.
Source:
Canadian International Development Agency

 

G-8 pledges $40 billion US in debt relief
June 11, 2005
"Finance ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations, including Canadian Finance Minister Ralph Goodale, agreed Saturday to a historic deal cancelling at least $40 billion US worth of debt owed by the world's poorest countries."
Source:
Canada.com

Google News search Results : "G-8, debt relief"
Google Web Search Results : "G-8, debt relief"
Source:
Google.ca

 

From Finance Canada:

Statement prepared for the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund
April 17, 2005
The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Finance of Canada
Washington, D.C.
"The year 2005 marks the fifth anniversary of the Millennium Declaration and the 60th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Boards of Governors of the two Bretton Woods institutions. The world has changed immensely since 1945 and development issues now have increased urgency. At today’s meeting, we are taking stock of progress being made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Committee seeks to increase international momentum to mobilize additional resources for development and to put in place measures to enhance the effectiveness and impact of scarce aid dollars."

Related Links:

World Bank
International Monetary Fund
United Nations Millennium Declaration (September 2000)
Bretton Woods Project
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

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Statement by G-7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors
April 16, 2005
"Since our meeting in February, the global expansion has remained robust and the outlook continues to point to solid growth for 2005. Subdued inflationary pressures, appropriate monetary policies and favorable financing conditions are supporting the outlook. But challenges remain. Higher oil prices are a headwind and the expansion is less balanced than before. We welcome efforts to improve oil market data, increase medium-term energy supply and efficiency. We will review the progress made at our next meeting. Vigorous action is needed to address global imbalances and foster growth: fiscal consolidation in the United States; further structural reforms in Europe; and further structural reforms, including fiscal consolidation, in Japan."

Related Links:

G-7 Finance Ministers

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Statement prepared for the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the International Monetary Fund
April 16, 2005
The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Finance of Canada
Washington, D.C.
"The year 2005 marks the 60th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The international system has changed significantly over the past six decades. Globalization, demographic shifts and the growth of global capital markets increase the importance of the sound policy frameworks and strong domestic institutions that are the foundations of domestic and global prosperity. The flows of goods, money and people across borders create challenges, requiring regular monitoring and possible remedies to maximize benefits and minimize costs. Moreover, we need to ensure all benefit from globalization."

 

Wolfensohn's Warnings
Embassy, March 30th, 2005
By Sarah McGregor
"Outgoing World Bank President says foreign aid must double in order to lift millions from poverty
The failure of powerful leaders to capture 'the hearts and minds'of their citizens is having devastating consequences for the world's poorest people, warns outgoing World Bank President James Wolfensohn. (...) Canada at one time earmarked 0.54 per cent of its annual budget to foreign aid, but this year only reached 0.29 per cent. The Liberal government has promised to double its official foreign aid, but even then it will only achieve about 0.33 per cent of gross domestic product in five years, said Mr. Wolfensohn. 'It's too low.'
Mr. Wolfensohn has noted the absurdity of a world that spends annually $3,000 billion on arms, $300 billion on agriculture subsidies and just $60 billion on development aid. (bolding added)"
Source:
Embassy News Online

Editorial Comment:
Funny we never hear an *incoming* World Bank President say things like that...

 

Joseph Stiglitz Page (Global Policy Forum)
Joseph E. Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia University and author of "The Roaring 90's," was chief economist of the World Bank from 1997 to 2000. He won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001.
- incl. links to 35+ articles, links, Stiglitz on the IMF, the World Bank, Globalization and Liberalization
Archived Articles by Joseph Stiglitz (1998 - 2001) - 25 more provocative pieces by Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz Page (World Bank)
- in. links to 25+ essays and speeches by Joseph Stiglitz while serving as World Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Economist between February 1997 and February 2000.

The Broken Promise of NAFTA
By Joseph E. Stiglitz
New York Times
January 6, 2004
"In the long run, while particular special-interest groups may benefit from such an unfair trade treaty, America's national interests — in having stable and prosperous neighbors — are not well served. Already, the manner in which the United States is bullying the weaker countries of Central and South America into accepting its terms is generating enormous resentment. If these trade agreements do no better for them than Nafta has done for Mexico, then both peace and prosperity in the hemisphere will be at risk."
Source:
Global Policy Forum

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The globalizer who came in from the cold
March 19, 2002
"One of Britain's top investigative journalists interviews Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank, about how corporate globalization has gone horribly wrong."
Source: AlterNet.org

 

Minister of Finance Welcomes Positive IMF Report on Canada
News Release
December 20, 2004
"Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale welcomed the annual Statement of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Mission on Canada, which was released today. The report lauds Canada, especially its fiscal performance, which it describes as the best among the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialized countries. 'This report is a further vindication of the sacrifices made by Canadians to get our nation’s finances back on track over the past decade,' said Minister Goodale."
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Related Link:

2005 Article IV Consultation with Canada
Preliminary Conclusions of the IMF Mission
December 1, 2004
"Describes the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the conclusion of certain missions (official staff visits, in most cases to member countries). Missions are undertaken as part of regular (usually annual) consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement, in the context of a request to use IMF resources (borrow from the IMF), as part of discussions of staff monitored programs, and as part of other staff reviews of economic developments."
[The IMF will release its full report on Canada next year.]

Two observations of relevance to social researchers among these preliminary findings:

"The Employment Insurance system remains an uneasy combination of unemployment insurance and social assistance. Funding the latter function through general revenues would be more efficient and transparent, and every effort should be made to reinforce the insurance principle of the program through experience rating of employers and employees. Care will be needed to resist further eroding the mid-1990s reforms and to ensure that the premium rate can be set at a low rate that balances the system over the cycle and avoids the need for annual adjustments.

Reforms in other social programs could help increase labor utilization and efficiency. Even with recent gains in labor participation, there remains room to further improve labor supply by reducing incentives for early retirement in the public pension system—such as by amending benefit calculations and curbing excessive use of disability benefits—and by lowering "welfare walls" in the social transfer system*."

Source:
International Monetary Fund

*NOTE: "lowering welfare walls in the social transfer system" can of course be interpreted differently, depending on who's doing the interpreting.

Organizations like the IMF, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development view the welfare wall within an economic framework, i.e., the disincentives that prevent people from leaving welfare. These disincentives include a range of non-cash benefits, generally health-related, that are available to households on welfare but not to low-wage workers' families. (It should be noted - but it often isn't in 'Canada-wide' reports - that this non-cash coverage for welfare households varies considerably among the provinces and territories, each of which is responsible for the design and delivery of its welfare program.) The IMF, World Bank and OECD would reduce the welfare wall to "make work more attractive than welfare" or "to make work pay more than welfare" by reducing or freezing welfare benefits and making it more difficult for households to qualify for welfare in the first place.

On the other hand, we have the social advocacy community - Canadian *and* international - reminding us that the welfare wall grew over the years not because welfare benefits were so generous, but because minimum wages and other employment standards have taken a nosedive since the 1970s. Social justice groups suggest that a better way to reduce that welfare wall would be to improve minimum wages and working conditions, including the extension of special health coverage to everyone in the low-wage sector of the Canadian economy. An increase in welfare dependency isn't generally traceable to an overly-generous system - it's a symptom of dysfunction in the low end of the labour market. It's like saying, "Yeah, the health care system is strained because of the demand, so we'll have to trim back on the health system" (vs. fixing the problems that are causing the increase in demand).
It's the labour market, Stupid...

 

2004 Annual Meetings Boards of Governors
International Monetary Fund
World Bank Group

OCTOBER 3, 2004
Washington. DC
- incl. : About the Annual Meetings - Schedule of Events - Contact Information - News Releases, Speeches, Committee Papers, Documents - Program of Seminars - Information for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) - Information for Journalists - Photographs

2004 Annual Meetings - more info from the World Bank

Source:
The World Bank
International Monetary Fund

Related Links:

From Finance Canada:

Statement prepared for the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the International Monetary Fund
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance of Canada
October 2, 2004


Statement prepared for the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance of Canada
October 2, 2004

 

World Development Report (WDR) 2005: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone - The World Bank
September 2004
"A Better Investment Climate for Everyone, the World Bank’s annual World Development Report for 2005, was launched on September 28, 2004. The Report focuses on what governments can do to improve the investment climates of their societies to increase growth and reduce poverty."

Easing Policy Risks, Costs And Barriers To Competition Keys To Faster Growth, Less Poverty: World Development Report 2005
News Release
September 28, 2004

Click on "Full Text" in the left margin of the WDR 2005 home page for links to the complete report and to individual sections.

Table of Contents & Foreword (PDF file - 121K, 16 pages)

Measuring the Investment Climate & Selected World Development Indicators (PDF file - 259K, 30 pages)
- incl. : Introduction + Classification of economies by region and income (Key indicators of development - Poverty and income distribution - Economic activity - Trade, aid, and finance - Key indicators for other economies

World Development Reports for Earlier Years (back to 1992)

Source:
The World Bank

 

NAFTA partners recommit to full implementation of NAFTA
News Release
July 16, 2004
"International Trade Minister Jim Peterson met today with United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, and Mexican Secretary of the Economy Fernando Canales at the 10th annual ministerial meeting of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Commission in San Antonio, Texas.
The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to build on NAFTA's achievements over the last decade with a view to generating continued strong growth in trade and investment in North America."
Source:
International Trade Canada

 

 

From Foreign Affairs Canada:

Sea Island G8 Summit
Leaders of the G8 countries will meet in Sea Island, Georgia, U.S., from June 8 to 10, to discuss the world economy, international security and poverty reduction.

Canada at the OAS
The General Assembly of the Organization of American States will be convening from June 6 to 8 in Quito, Ecuador. Find out more about the meeting and this year's themes.

Promoting and Protecting Human Rights
On May 4, Canada was elected to the to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the UN body responsible for overseeing international human rights standards.

G8 News Releases:

June 11, 2004
G8: Chair's Summary
G8: Debt Sustainability for the Poorest
G8 Commitment to Help Stop Polio Forever
G8: Ending the Cycle of Famine in the Horn of Africa, Raising Agricultural Productivity, and Promoting Rural Development in Food Insecure Countries
G8: Fighting Corruption and Improving Transparency

G8 Action to Endorse and Establish a Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
G8 Action Plan: Expanding Global Capability for Peace Support Operations
G8 Statement on Sudan

June 10, 2004
G8: Partnership for Progress and a Common Future With the Region of the Broader Middle East and North Africa
G8 Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative (SAFTI)
G8 Action Plan on Nonproliferation
G8 Plan of Support for Reform
G8 Leaders' Statement on Trade
G8 Action Plan: Applying the Power of Entrepreneurship to the Eradication of Poverty

And from the website of the Prime Minister's Office:

Canadian priorities advanced at 2004 Summit of the G8
News Release
June 11, 2004

 

 

Mexico : Canada's Other NAFTA Partner
(Volume 3)
Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs
March 2004
"I am perplexed by people who say that we should get out of the Free Trade Agreement. Should we put the tariffs, which ended in 1998, back on? They were not high anyway. The fact is that the world has moved on. Any benefits stemming from the FTA have ended. It is clear to me that we should focus on the multilateral trade negotiations that are taking place under the authority of the World Trade Organization." (from the Foreword by Peter Stollery, Chair)
Complete report:
HTML version
PDF version
(703K, 57 pages)

Reports - incl. links to the above report and the first two volumes of this study by the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs:
- Volume 2: The Rising Dollar: Explanation and Economic Impacts (November 2003)
- Volume 1: Uncertain Access: The Consequences of U.S. Security and Trade Actions for Canadian Trade Policy (June 2003)

Source:
Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs

 

From Finance Canada:

Statement prepared for the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the International Monetary Fund
Ottawa, April 24, 2004

Statement prepared for the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund
April 25, 2004

 


From the International Monetary Fund (IMF):

2004 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group
April 24–25, 2004
Washington, D.C.
April 24 - International Monetary and Financial Committee Meeting
April 25 - Development Committee Meeting
- incl. links to : Overview - Information for Journalists - Tentative Schedule of Events - News Releases, Speeches, Committee Papers, Documents and Background Information (see below) - Information for Civil Society Organizations - Photographs

News Releases, Speeches, Committee Papers,
Documents and Background Information

- incl. links to relevant info about the 2004 Spring Meetings (Provisional Agenda Statements, Documents Related to the IMFC Meeting) - World Bank Group links (News and Events, IBRD/IDA News Releases, IFC Pressroom, MIGA Press Releases, Issue Briefs, Transcripts) - International Monetary Fund (What's New, 2004 News and Events, Factsheets, Issues Briefs, Transcripts, Webcasts

 

From the The World Bank Group:

Urgent Action Needed To Fix Global Imbalance
News Release
April 19, 2004
"The global imbalance between rich and poor countries must be urgently addressed if the world is to prosper into the 21st century, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings will be told this weekend. The meetings, and Bank research to be released over the next week, which will unveil the latest information on global poverty and the international economy, are expected to reinforce the message issued by World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn at the Bank and IMF's annual meeting in Dubai last September.'In our world of 6 billion people, one billion own 80 percent of global GDP, while another billion struggle to survive on less than a dollar a day,'Wolfensohn said. 'This is a world out of balance.'"

Time Has Come To Meet MDG Poverty Promises: Report
News Release
April 22, 2004
"The world's poor have little hope of emerging from lives of deprivation unless governments in rich and poor countries alike take urgent action to address the root causes of poverty, a major report from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found. The Global Monitoring Report 2004 (155kK pdf) , released today, warns that on current trends, most developing countries will fail to meet most of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – internationally agreed targets to reduce poverty and improve services for the poor by 2015."

Millennium Development Goals
"The Millennium Development Goals commit the international community to an expanded vision of development, one that vigorously promotes human development as the key to sustaining social and economic progress in all countries, and recognizes the importance of creating a global partnership for development. The goals have been commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress."

Global Monitoring Report 2004 – Policies and Actions for Achieving the MDGs and Related Outcomes (PDf file - 157K, 24 pages)
- incl. Introduction - MDG Prospects : Reasons for Optimism, Grave Concerns - Scaling Up : on the Basis of Monterrey Consensus - Priorities for Action : Developing Countries - Priorities for Action : Developed Countries - Priorities for Action : International Financial Institutions - Priorities for Strengthening the Monitoring Exercise

East Asia & Pacific Region: Global Poverty Down By Half Since 1981 But Progress Uneven As Economic Growth Eludes Many Countries
News Release
"WASHINGTON, April 23, 2004 — Rapid economic growth in East Asia has pulled over 480 million people out of poverty since 1981, according to figures released today by the World Bank. In large part due to gains in East Asia, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day) in developing countries dropped by almost half between 1981 and 2001, from 40 to 21 percent of global population. (..) The Bank’s annual statistical report, World Development Indicators 2004 (WDI), released today, shows a drop in the absolute number of people living on less than $1 a day in all developing countries from 1.5 billion in 1981, to 1.1 billion in 2001, with much of the progress occurring in the 1980s."

World Development Indicators 2004
April 2004
"Information and selected samples from the WDI2004 publication, the World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development."

Related World Bank Group Link:

World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work For Poor People (September 21, 2003)
"Broad improvements in human welfare will not occur unless poor people receive wider access to affordable, better quality services in health, education, water, sanitation, and electricity. Without such improvements in services, freedom from illness and freedom from illiteracy - two of the most important ways poor people can escape poverty - will remain elusive to many."

 

Google News search Results : "World Bank, IMF, meetings, 2004"
Google Web Search Results : "World Bank, IMF, meetings, 2004"
Source:
Google.ca

 

International Monetary Fund Praises Canadian Economic and Fiscal Policies
News Release
March 10, 2004
"Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) strong endorsement of Canada’s economic, fiscal and monetary policies, contained in its most recent report released today."
Source:
Finance Canada

Related Links:

From the International Monetary Fund :

IMF Concludes 2004 Article IV Consultation with Canada
Public Information Notice No. 04/18
March 10, 2004
- incl. background info and detailed highlights

Canada: 2004 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Staff Statement;
and Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion
(PDF file - 1MB, 44 pages)
March 10, 2004
"Staff Report for the 2004 Article IV Consultation Prepared by the Staff Representatives for the 2004 Consultation with Canada"
- incl. Introduction - Recent Developments - The Short-Term Outlook - Monetary Policy and the Exchange Rate - Sustainable Fiscal Policy - Financial Sector Policies in Support of Globalized Capital Markets - Policies to Support Productivity and Income Growth Staff Appraisal

Canada: Selected Issues (PDF file - 1.7MB, 85 pages)
March 10, 2004
- incl. The Canada-United States Productivity Gap: Evidence from Industry Data - Canadian Household Saving—Developments and Risks - The Canadian Dollar: Back to Fundamentals? - The Information Content of Real Return Bonds - Canada’s Pension System: Status and Reform Options - Canada-U.S. Economic Integration: Developments and Prospects
[NOTE: bolding was added to the original]

More Canada information from the IMF

 

World Commission says globalization can and must change, calls for urgent rethink of global governance
Press Release
February 24, 2004
"GENEVA (ILO News) - Globalization can and must change, says a new, groundbreaking report presented today to the International Labour Organization (ILO) urging that building a fair and inclusive globalization become a worldwide priority. A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All calls for an 'urgent rethink' of current policies and institutions of global governance. The report was issued by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization."
- includes an appendix with background info on the World Commission on The Social Dimension of Globalization

A FAIR GLOBALIZATION - Creating opportunities for all
Complete report

- table of contents page, includes links to all sections of the report, the news release, the Preface by the Commission Co-Chairs, a synopsis of the report in several languages, etc.
Chapter/section titles (individual files): Contents, Abbreviations - Globalization for people - Globalization and its impact - The governance of globalization - Mobilizing action for change - Annex 1,2,3, Index, Figures
Synopsis (PDF file - 87K, 7 pages)
Contents + Abbreviations (PDF file - 96K, 7 pages)

The Social Dimension of Globalization
"The social dimension of globalization refers to the impact of globalization on the life and work of people, on their families and their societies. Concerns and issues are often raised about the impact of globalization on employment, working conditions, income and social protection. Beyond the world of work, the social dimension encompasses security, culture and identity, inclusion or exclusion and the cohesiveness of families and communities."

The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization was established by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in February 2002.

ILO Tackles Social Consequences of Globalization
Press Release
February 27, 2002
"The ILO today launched a top-level commission comprising Presidents, politicians, academics, social experts and a Nobel Economics laureate which, for the first time, will address the social dimension of globalization. (...) 'Its ultimate goal is to use the process of globalization as a resource to reduce poverty and unemployment, to foster growth and sustainable development', said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia at a news conference.(...) The Commission is expected to complete its deliberations and present an authoritative report to the ILO's Director-General in the course of 2003."
World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization
Source : International Labour Organization

 

World Bank: Globalization
"The word globalization is thrown around with reckless abandon by numerous parties these days, and as a result, the very notion of such a force is somewhat elusive. While this website from the World Bank may not end all of the fierce academic and pragmatic debates that rage on about globalization, it does offers some perspective from this organization on this wide-ranging phenomenon. The site itself contains audio and video selections, issue briefs, a data and statistics section, and an area dedicated to current research on the subject underway by the World Bank. The issue briefs are definitely worth a look as they address such questions as What is Globalization? and Does More International Trade Openness Increase World Poverty? The selection of videos is also quite nice, particularly a recent talk by Michael Moore (the former director-general of the World Trade Organization) entitled Globalization & Development: Its Implications & Institutions."
Source:
The World Bank Group
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003
[Volume 10, Number 6 - February 13, 2004]

 

The Prospects for Deeper North American Economic Integration:
A U.S. Perspective
(PDF file - 127K, 26 pages)
January 2004

"On its tenth anniversary, NAFTA stands as a commercial success. Dramatic increases in trade and investment have increased the efficiency of North American companies. Still, while NAFTA paved over many commercial potholes, several were left untended. Non-tariff barriers, energy, migration, labor, and environmental issues all need further attention. In addition, the tragedy of September 11, 2001, created new security challenges."
Source:
C.D. Howe Institute

 

Prime Minister to attend World Economic Forum in Davos
News Release
January 20, 2004
"Prime Minister Paul Martin today announced that he will attend the 2004 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, from January 21 to 23. Expected to attract more than 2,100 participants from 94 countries, the theme of the 34th annual meeting will be “Partnering for Security and Prosperity.”"
Source:
Office of the Prime Minister
See also:
http://www.paulmartintimes.ca/
http://www.paulmartintime.ca/

Related Links:

Media itinerary for Prime Minister Martin's visit (Office of the Prime Minister)

 

Special Summit of the Americas
January 12-13, 2004
Monterrey, Mexico

Special Summit of the Americas on January 12-13, 2004 - Official summit website
Monterrey, Mexico
Meeting of the democratically elected Heads of State and Government of the Americas

Daily Updates from the Special Summit (from the official summit website)

Related Links:

Monterrey could be Martin's moment : Canada's leverage has diminished more than we like to admit, making the
Summit of the Americas critical, say KEN FRANKEL and JOHN GRAHAM
(PDF file - 88K, 3 pages)
[Commentary in the Globe and Mail]
January 9, 2004
Source:
Canadian Foundation for the Americas

Summits of the Americas Information Network
Organization of American States (OAS)
-
Canada Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - January 5, 2004
"Canada will preside over the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the next three months."

 

Prime Minister Paul Martin speaks to the inauguration ceremony of the Special Summit of the Americas
Notes for an address by Prime Minister Paul Martin
January 12, 2004
Monterrey, Mexico
On the occasion of the Inauguration Ceremony of the Special Summit of the Americas
Source:
Office of the Prime Minister

Remarks by the Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin:
Note: the video files require the Windows Media Player plugin for your browser. Also, the video file may not open if you're behind a security firewall.

January 12 - Inaugural Session
Text version
(small Word file, 2 pages)
Video version
(Paul Martin at the podium for seven minutes, same content as text version above)

January 12 - First Plenary Session
Text version
- not yet posted --- see the daily updates page
Video version (4 minutes, 30 seconds)

 

Prime Minister to participate in special Summit of the Americas in Monterrey Mexico
January 8, 2004
Ottawa, Ontario
Source:
Office of the Prime Minister

 

Special Summit of the Americas website (Government of Canada)
"Canada looks forward to participating in the Special Summit of the Americas which will be held in Monterrey, Mexico, January 12-13, 2004. This event, which was proposed by Canada last year, has been convened to provide the Leaders of the 34 countries of the hemisphere with the opportunity to address current political, economic and social challenges which have arisen since the April 2001 Quebec City Summit."
Source:
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

 

The Awkward Truth About Fighting Poverty
By Marcela Sanchez
Special to washingtonpost.com
January 1, 2004
"...leaders of the 34 democracies in the Americas will meet in Mexico at a special summit to address one central question: How, as economies grow and wealth is created, can societies benefit as a whole? So far they have not. In fact, nearly one of every two people in Latin America and the Caribbean live in poverty today and one in five in extreme poverty. According to the World Bank, the richest one-tenth of the population receives 48 percent of all income, and the poorest one-tenth gets only 1.6 percent."

CBC InDepth: 2004 Special Summit of the Americas
January 7, 2004
Source:
CBC News Online

 

Straight Talk: Big Business and the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement Fifteen Years Later
By Bruce Campbell and David Macdonald
Download the PDF file (49K, 4 pages)
Read the news release
(December 22, 2003)
"While Canadian governments still spend significantly more on social programs and public services than do their American counterparts, the difference has been shrinking dramatically. (...) The evidence that the Canadian social state is converging down to the U.S. level is compelling."
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 

North American Deal Dismal After a Decade
"WASHINGTON, Dec 26, 2003 (IPS) - After 10 years a deal that all sides say transformed trade and investment rules in North America has still produced far fewer positive results than originally promised, according to its critics. (...) If there is one major lesson of NAFTA that many analysts from all three countries agree on, says the Institute of Policy Studies, it is that 'there is no guaranteed link between trade and investment liberalisation and improvements for workers or the environment'".
Source:
Inter Press Service News Agency

Related Links:

Council of Canadians
Centre for Economic and Policy Research (U.S.)
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (U.S.)
Institute of Policy Studies (U.S.)

 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Free Trade Area of the Americas
- The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of International Trade, Welcomes Progress Made in Miami
News Release
November 21, 2003

Ministerial Declaration (Word file - 72K, 7 pages)
November 20, 2003
Source:
Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)
[ Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade ]

 

Setback in Miami for 'Free Trade of the Americas' deal
Hawks settle for 'FTAA lite' instead of 'NAFTA on steroids'

News Release
November 21, 2003
"Free trade hawks in the Canadian government have suffered a significant setback at Free Trade Area of the Americas talks in Miami, says Larry Brown, NUPGE's secretary-treasurer. They were forced to settle for 'FTAA a la carte' instead of 'NAFTA on steroids.' (...) Good news for ordinary people..."
Source:
National Union of Public and General Employees

 

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

FTAA trade negotiators should heed lessons from NAFTA
News Release
November 18, 2003
"Trade ministers from Canada and 40 other countries in North, Central and South America are meeting in Miami this week to try to reach agreement on establishing a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) before December 31, 2005. The FTAA would extend the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the entire Western Hemisphere (except Cuba). But to convince counterparts in Latin America of the benefits of the proposed FTAA, NAFTA-countries' trade negotiators would have to prove that NAFTA has been a boon for most people in their own countries."

Lessons from NAFTA: The High Cost of "Free Trade"
Summary
"The corporate and political advocates of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue to defend this trade deal and even to claim that its effects on the workers and consumers of all three countries--Canada, the United States, and Mexico--have been enormously beneficial. In fact, the impact of NAFTA on most of the people in all three countries has been devastating. The agreement has destroyed more jobs than it has created, depressed wages, worsened poverty and inequality, eroded social programs, undermined democracy, enfeebled governments, and greatly increased the rights and power of corporations, investors, and property holders."

[Contact CCPA to order a copy of the full report Lessons from NAFTA: The High Cost of "Free Trade"]

 

North American Labour Ministers Meet to Discuss Progress on NAFTA Labour Commission
News Release
November 14, 2003
"The Secretaries of Labour of the United States, Mexico and Canada's Minister of Labour held their Seventh Ministerial Meeting yesterday to acknowledge the substantially increased cooperation that has taken place in the area of workers' rights since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed ten years ago."
Source:
Labour Program - Human Resources Development Canada

Related Links:

Commission for Labor Cooperation
"Negotiated by the governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico in 1993 and in effect since January 1, 1994, the NAALC -- and a companion agreement on environmental cooperation -- add a social dimension to the North American Free Trade Agreement."

Recent Trends in Union Density in North America (PDF file - 200K, 4 pages)
Briefing Note
August 2003
"Recent statistics show that the trend toward decline or stagnation in union density in North America is continuing. Union density has been declining or stagnating for the past 20 years despite the resilience of unionization in the public sector, particularly in Canada. This briefing note describes trends in union density in Canada, the United States, and Mexico and summarizes the factors identified in the scholarly literature that are held to account for the decline."

The Rights of Nonstandard Workers: A North American Guide (PDF file - 584K, 36 pages)
June 2003
Comparative synopsis and outline of labor and employment law protections, social insurance, and income support in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

From the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) :

Canada and the North American Free Trade Agreement - includes the text of the NAFTA agreement and related resources

NAFTA Multistakeholder Roundtable Discussion
[October 6, 2003 - Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, in Montreal)
Posted to the DFAIT website Nov. 17/03

 

Social Forum Seeks Alternative to Globalisation
November 10, 2003
"The European Social Forum opening in Paris Wednesday will look for an economic model that could become an alternative to capital-led globalisation. This search will be a central theme during the three days of meetings that will see 270 seminars, 55 conferences and 287 workshops in and around Paris. Close to 60,000 delegates from 1,500 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are expected to attend. Other themes will include a critical review of European agriculture policy, women's rights and xenophobia. The European Social Forum (ESF) will also seek to promote dialogue between cultures and peoples, organisers say."
Source:
IPS-Inter Press Service – the Global Gateway
"Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world's leading provider of information on global issues, is backed by a network of journalists in more than 100 countries. (...) IPS focuses its news coverage on the events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations.

Related Link:

Second European Social Forum (Official site)
November 12-15, 2003
Paris
- incl. links to : About ESF - Registration - Accommodation - Program -
Practical Information - Around the ESF - Preparatory Process - Press - Transportation - Volunteers - Stalls - Written proceedings

 

From the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) :

APEC - Thailand 2003 Summit
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting is taking place on October 20 and 21 in Thailand.
Related Links:
Ministerial meeting
APEC Working for Canadians

................................................................................................

Government of Canada Celebrates NAFTA @ 10
News Release
October 6, 2003
"Minister for International Trade, Pierre Pettigrew, today released a report on the impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and launched a student multimedia contest to demonstrate the benefits of the Agreement and to encourage informed dialogue on the role of trade liberalization and the future of NAFTA. This announcement comes on the eve of the annual NAFTA Commission meeting to be held in Montreal on October 7, and as the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of NAFTA approaches, on January 1, 2004.

The comprehensive statistical report, entitled NAFTA@10: A Preliminary Report, highlights the impact of the Agreement on Canada's trade and investment performance over the past decade, using statistics available to date."

NAFTA@10: A Preliminary Report
"The NAFTA is the world's largest trade bloc with a gross domestic product (GDP), at present, of US$11.4 trillion, about one-third of the world's total and seven percentage points more
than that of the European Union."
"NAFTA @ 10 - A Preliminary Report is the first of two reports to be produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade providing both statistics and analysis of
Canada's international trade and investment performance leading up to ten years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to fifteen years after the Canada-U.S. Free
Trade Agreement (FTA). A second report will be published in the spring of 2004 making use of the full ten years of data."

Pettigrew to Host NAFTA Commission Meeting in Montreal
Media Advisory
October 2, 2003
Media representatives are advised that International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew will host his American and Mexican counterparts in Montreal on October 7 for the annual meeting of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Commission.
- includes an agenda, of sorts...

NAFTA Partners to Meet in Montreal in October
News Release
September 19, 2003

Canada and the North American Free Trade Agreement (A DFAIT website including the text of the NAFTA agreement and related resources)

 

Dying For Trade:
Why Globalization Can Be Bad for Our Health
(PDF file - 306K, 35 pages)
by Ronald Labonte, PhD
September 2003
"This paper examines the impact of trade agreements on our health and health care system, and what governments can do to ensure that health and human development are not sacrificed at the altar of free trade."
Source : Centre for Social Justice

Competition Policy in the WTO and FTAA: A Trojan Horse for International Trade Negotiations?
by Marc Lee and Charles Morand
Download the PDF file (415K, 37 pages)
Read the summary of this report
Read the news release (August 29, 2003)
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

Also from the CCPA:

Rough Trade: A Critique of the Draft Cancun Ministerial Declaration
Download the PDF file (71K, 12 pages)
Read the News Release (September 11, 2003)

 

Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun - September 10-14, 2003
"Minister Pettigrew is participating in the Fifth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, which is being held from September 10 to14 in Cancun, Mexico."
Related Link:
WTO Latest Updates from DFAIT
Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
World Trade Organization (WTO) website
The Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference website

Counterpoint (from Global Exchange):
Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the World Trade Organization

 

The worst of times
September 2, 2003
"
In the first of a three-part series on trade, George Monbiot argues that the rich world's brutal diplomacy is worsening the plight of poor nations.
The world is beginning to look like France, a few years before the Revolution. There are no reliable wealth statistics from that time, but the disparities are unlikely to have been greater than they are today. The wealthiest 5% of the world's people now earn 114 times as much as the poorest 5%. The 500 richest people on earth now own $1.54 trillion - more than the entire gross domestic product of Africa, or the combined annual incomes of the poorest half of humanity."
Source: The Guardian (U.K.)
NOTE: at the bottom of this Guardian article, you'll find links to special reports (globalisation, May Day, debt relief), guides to the G8 Summit, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, related sites (e.g., G8 summit, World Economic Forum, European social forum) and other resources on globalisation.
- offers a good balanced perspective, serving up differing viewpoints on questions such as what is globalisation and whether it's good or bad.
Highly recommended!
(Just click on The worst of times and scroll to the bottom of the page)

 

When Worlds Collide: Implications of International Trade and Investment Agreements for Non-Profit Social Services
by Andrew Jackson and Matthew Sanger
Download Table of Contents and Introduction (PDF file - 205K, 15 pages)
Place an order for this report
Read the news release (June 16, 2003)
"
When Worlds Collide: Canada's non-profit social services need to be protected in the new round of trade agreements
OTTAWA--A new study jointly released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) has concluded that government support for non-profit social services could be at risk despite Canadian government assurances that social policies will not be adversely affected by international trade obligations..."
Sources:
Canadian Council on Social Development
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 

2003 Evian Summit Official Website (June 1-3, 2003)
No, it's not a summit that's sponsored by Evian, like the Dumaurier Golf Classic or something.
Evian-les-Bains is the town in France where the summit is taking place.
Useful Links - to G8 sites and organizations, incl. links to French and Swiss Government sites and sites about Evian and the Summit

Canadian Government Official G8 Website
- includes a link to the official websites of the summit for 2001 (Genoa), 2002 (Kananaskis) and 2003 (Evian)

G-8 Information Centre - University of Toronto

From The Prime Minister's website :

THE 2003 SUMMIT OF THE G8
June 3, 2003
Evian, France
"
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien today expressed satisfaction that G8 Leaders came together at the Evian Summit to demonstrate their common will to strengthen the global economy, enhance sustainable development and improve international security."
- incl. a summary of summit results prepared by the Prime Minister's Office and the Summit Chair's Summary of the event

Prime Minister Announces G8 Global Partnership Projects
May 30, 2003
St. Petersburg, Russia
"Prime Minister Jean Chrétien today announced that Canada would contribute close to $149 million towards new projects under the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction initiative launched at last year's G8 Summit in Kananaskis. This is the first contribution under Canada's overall commitment of up to $1 billion over ten years toward the G8 Global Partnership"

Remarks by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien Announcing Canada's Contribution to the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass
Destruction

May 30, 2003
"Last June in Kananaskis, Alberta, Russia, Canada and other G-8 members showed their commitment to peace and security through the creation of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. (...)
Canada, for its part, will commit up to $1 billion Canadian dollars to the Global Partnership over the next ten years."

 

Commission for Labor Cooperation (Washington)
"The Commission for Labor Cooperation is an international organization created under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC). The NAALC is the first agreement, and the Commission is the first organization, linking labor rights and labor standards to an international trade agreement."

Income Security Programs for Workers in North America
A Reference Manual for Workers and Employers
"...summarizes the main income support programs for workers in the private sector under the laws of Canada, Mexico and the United States. The manual's objective is to provide
employees and employers with basic information regarding the main income security programs for workers provided in their respective countries."
- incl. info about : Temporary Income Support for Unemployed Workers - Injuries at Work and Job-related Illness - Maternity Leave and Sickness Unrelated to the Job - Wages and Salaries - Income Support Programs for Low-income Groups or Disabled Workers - Income Tax Credits and Other Tax Deductions
NOTE: don't bother looking here for a comparison of North American welfare systems --- Canadian social assistance and the National Child Benefit are described in section 5 ("Income Support Programs for Low-income Groups or Disabled Workers"), but Temporary Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TANF), the U.S. welfare system is only mentioned in terms of eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid and the Mexican section covers only some emergency food and health programs.

NAALC AND NAFTA LINKS
Close to 150 links to Canadian, American and Mexican sites about the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation and the North American Free Trade Agreement
- links incl. NAALC Members [Labor Departments] - National Administrative Offices - Labor Legislation - Official Statistical Resources - Federal Government Resources - NAFTA Institutions - NAFTA Resources - Statistical Sources - Trade and Treaty Resources - Multilateral Organizations [Americas / International] - Non-Governmental Organizations - Research Centers and Institutes - Labor Relations Boards - Labor Federations - Employers' Associations

 

PolitiquesSociales.net [Site available only in French]
"Le site PolitiquesSociales.net veut offrir aux professeur(e)s, chercheur(e)s, étudiant(e)s, membres d'ONG, journalistes et à tous ceux et celles qui s’intéressent aux politiques sociales un accès facile, direct, gratuit et permanent aux documents touchant bon nombre de politiques sociales en Amérique du Nord, dans l'Union européenne et dans les principaux pays d'Europe de l'Ouest et d'Amérique du sud. (...) Le site est produit par une petite équipe de chercheurs sous la direction d'Alain Noel au Centre de recherche sur les politiques et le développement social, de l'Université de Montréal."
Toute une gamme de thèmes à explorer, dont : politique du travail et de l'emploi - licenciements, délocalisations et zones franches - temps de travail - lutte contre la pauvreté - soutien au revenu (travail et famille) - minima sociaux (aide sociale, salaire minimum) - économie sociale et micro-crédit - cohésion sociale - investissement responsable - politique internationale - débats.
Sélection de pays : Allemagne - Argentine - Brésil - Canada - Chili - Danemark - États-Unis - France - Mexique - Pays-Bas - Québec - Royaume-Uni - Suède - Union Européenne
Source:
Centre de recherche sur les politiques et le développement social
[groupe de professeurs-chercheurs des départements de science politique, de sociologie et de disciplines connexes de l'Université de Montréal]

 

GATS/WTO Pusher Profile: ACCENTURE
"Identifying Characteristics: Big business consultants who are big-time privatization pushers of government services, especially social services. Makes lots of money replacing people’s jobs with machines, love to slash welfare benefits, and pillage public health care and education funds."
Source:
Corporate Campaigns
(links to 19 more GATS/WTO pusher profiles)
"Corporations pushing the World Trade Organization General Agreement on Trade in Services Agenda"

Source:

Polaris Institute - "retooling citizen movements for democratic social change in an age of corporate-driven globalization."

 

Harnessing Globalisation for Children : A Report to UNICEF

July 2002
Fifteen PDF files, including overviews of changes in child well-being from 1980 to 2000 and proposals for a number of policy and program options to harness globalisation for children over the next two decades.
Introduction
(PDF file - 15K, 3 pages)
- covers a wide range of topics, including :
Changes in child wellbeing in the era of globalisation: main global trends - Child Mortality Differentials by Income Group - Source of Child Poverty Changes during the Globalisation Era - Financial Globalisation and Child Wellbeing - Globalisation and Child Labour - Liberalisation, Poverty-led Growth and Child Rights: Ecuador over 1980-2000 - Liberalisation of Utilities and Children’s Right to Basic Services: Some Evidence from Latin America - New Approaches to Harnessing Technological Progress for Children - In the best Interest of the Child: International Regulation of Transnational Corporations Widening Women’s Choices: The Case for Childcare in the Era of Globalisation - more...
Source :
United Nations Children's Fund Innocenti Research Centre (Florence, Italy)
 

Interdisciplinary Studies in Law: Globalization, Justice and Law
Large bibliography and almost 100 links to information about globalization and human rights
Source : Human Rights Research and Education Centre (University of Ottawa)

 

Canada Pledges $30 Million to Governance Centre
News Release
July 23, 2002
"John Manley, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Karen Redman, MP for Kitchener Centre, announced today that the Government of Canada will provide a $30-million grant to help fund the creation of a world-class research centre on international governance in Waterloo, Ontario. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will research issues concerning the stability and security of the international economic and financial system. The grant will match the $30-million contribution to be made by the Centre’s founder, Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO of Research In Motion Limited."
Source : Finance Canada

 

From the Fraser Institute - "Competitive Market Solutions for Public Policy Problems"

Nobel Laureates Call on G8 to Focus on Economic Freedom
June 25, 2002
"Calgary, AB - If the G8 is serious about fighting global poverty and terrorism, it needs to focus on promoting economic freedom, say Nobel Laureates in economic sciences Milton Friedman and Gary Becker"

Economic Freedom of the World: 2002 Annual Report
June 2002
"This 6th global economic freedom report, by James Gwartney and Robert Lawson, ranks 123 nations on 37 variables with data back to 1970. Economic freedom is based on personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete, and protection of the person and property. This requires the rule of law, property rights, limited government intervention, freedom to trade, and sound money."
- incl. links to eight PDF files : Introduction and notes - Economic Freedom of the World - Index of Patent Rights - International Tax Competition - Country Data Tables (Albania to Zimbabwe)

Canada 2015: Globalization and the Future of Canada’s Health and Health Care (PDF file - 114K, 35 pages)
Michael Mendelson and Pamela Divinsky
July 2002
This report describes four scenarios for future global economic and political structures – called Global Club, Shared Governance, Cyberwave and Regional Dominators – and looks at the future of health and health care in Canada within each of these scenarios. The report is part of the ‘Future of Global and Regional Integration’ project, sponsored by the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University, where the scenarios originally were developed. The report is meant to speculate not so much on what will be, as what could be, in an effort to stimulate consideration of our health system’s relationship to global futures.
Source : Caledon Institute of Social Policy

 

Cities and Globalization : Communities in a Changing World
Couchiching 71st Annual Summer Conference 2002
August 8–11 at Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
" In Canada, vibrant urban regions depend on more than municipal taxes to provide the infrastructure to support their vital contribution to national life; and yet electoral realities bias senior levels of government against the needs of cities. How are successful communities turning globalization to their advantage and mitigating its destructive effects?"

- incl. links to : An Introduction to the 2002 Conference - Speakers and Moderators - Scholarships - Conference Items for Sale - How to Get to the Conference - Secure Online Registration - Conference PDF
Source : Couchiching Online - The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs


rabble.ca - coverage of the G8 in Kananaskis and Ottawa
ZNET - A community of people committed to social change (U.S.-based, international)
Indymedia - Independent Media Center (international)

Canadian Indymedia Calgary --- Hamilton --- Montreal --- Ontario --- Ottawa --- Québec --- Vancouver --- Windsor

G8 Activism (Canada)
"Our efforts are currently centered around preparing for challenges around the next meeting of the G8 to be held in Kananaskis, Alberta, in June of 2002."
- incl. links to : Calls to Action - What You Can Do - Calendar of Events & Meetings - Print Materials - Groups: Working groups, affinity groups, coalitions, organizations, etc. - Agendas for meetings - Minutes from meetings - Task List: Various things you can do to help - Web-Links: G8 related info - E-mail Lists: Announcements, planning, discussion, groups, etc
Links - almost 50 links to related sites

Global Democracy Ottawa (formerly the Ottawa Coalition to Stop the FTAA)
- incl. links to Ottawa G8 events, meetings, groups, etc.

 

G6B People's Summit
"On June 26 & 27, 2002, the leaders of the world's most industrialized countries, the G8, will meet in Kananaskis, Alberta. They will make critical decisions that will have global impact. Past G8 Summits have consistently failed to offer an effective means for individuals, civil society or even other states, to provide inputâ to, or engage in, meaningful dialogue with G8 leaders. We believe, therefore, that an alternative forum, offering a means for the views and concerns of all of the world's peoples to be expressed and considered, is sorely needed.
As such, from June 21-25, 2002, the G6B (Group of 6 Billion -- reflecting the entire global citizenry) will be held in Calgary, offering a forum to generate and discuss ideas and solutions that will promote economic activities that are beneficial to people living in all parts of our world, but that also reflect full respect for human rights and the environment."
Draft Agenda
Source : International Society for Peace and Human Rights (ISPHR) [Alberta-based NGO]
ISPHR has taken the lead in organizing this conference and is working with a steering committee made up of other national and local organizations including; Amnesty International, Partnership Africa Canada, Rights & Democracy, CLC, RESULTS, University of Calgary G8 office, and the Calgary African Community.

 

Africa Shortchanged: The Global Fund and the G8 Agenda
June 20, 2002
by Marc Lee
Download this report (PDF file - 53K, 4 pages)
Read the news release
"When G8 leaders meet next week in Kananaskis, the plight of Africa will be at the top of their agenda. They are expected to unveil an action plan in response to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), a proposal for more Western development aid advanced by three prominent African leaders.
Many civil society organizations in Africa, however, disagree with the direction and strategy of the NEPAD plan. They would prefer a much greater and more generously funded effort to fight the preventable diseases that are ravaging their continent."
Source : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC Office

 

The North-South Institute releases briefing paper on the G-8 and NEPAD

Institute calls for dialogue with civil society and monitoring of donor countries
Press Release
June 12th, 2002
"OTTAWA -- In a 13-page policy brief released today, The North-South Institute is calling on G-8 leaders, who will meet in Kananaskis, Canada, the last week of June, to implement five key recommendations in an effort to make development co-operation with Africa, as well as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a more inclusive and effective process."
Source : North-South Institute (NSI)e (Canadian)

Also from NSI:

Putting the shoe on the other foot - "a commentary by Roy Culpeper, President of The North-South Institute, on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the G-8. Published by the Globe and Mail under the title "Who holds donors to pledges?"

 
Partnership Africa Canada - "Canadian and African civil society organizations working together on issues of human rights, human security and sustainable development"

 

IDEAS (International Development Economics Associates)
"IDEAs has been established with the purpose of building a pluralist network of heterodox economists engaged in the teaching, research and application of critical analyses of economic development."
["Best viewed on Internet Explorer 5 & Netscape Navigator 6 and above"]
- incl. links to : Statement of Purpose - News Analysis - Featured Themes [globalization, poverty, etc.] - Alternatives - Educational Resources - Web Resources - Events - Book Review - Documents and Statistics
Join the Network

 

ZNET - A community of people committed to social change (U.S.-based, international)
- incl. "Come to Canada" (The G8 Events -
Extensive G8 Coverage - Starhawk: A Strategic Moment - Take the Capital - Ontario IndyMedia)

Global Economics (ZNET)

ZNET Watch Sites (U.S.-based, international)
- incl. links to : Activism Watch - Africa Watch - Alt. Media Watch - Anarchy Watch - Chiapas Watch - Colombia Watch - East Timor Watch - Economy Watch - Foreign Policy Watch - Gender Watch - Global Watch - Global Economics Watch - Iraq Watch - Ireland Watch - Japan Watch - Labor Watch - Latin America Watch - Mainstream Media Watch - Mideast Watch - Mumia Watch - Native Watch - Pacifica Watch - Queer Watch - Race Watch - South Asia Watch - Strategy/Vision Watch - Third Party Watch - Youth Watch
 

Globalization - links to two dozen recent publications and news, plus links to resources on the following: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank - Taxing Speculation (Tobin Tax) - The World Trade Organization (WTO) - The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) - The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)
Source :
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

 

Canadian International Development Agency: Child Rights - A Gender Perspective
May 24, 2002
"This edition of Gender Equality News presents four articles from CIDA's perspective on the issues that must be understood in order to effectively work to realize the rights of all girls and boys. The articles look at issues such as child workers, the sexual and reproductive health of youth, and children in conflict situations."
Gender Equality News - links to almost a dozen newsletters were published by the Gender Equality Division in Policy Branch at CIDA. The newsletters provide information about projects, training and theory on gender equality and highlight some CIDA initiatives that promote equality between women and men.

CIDA, Africa and the G8
Canada and Africa: A New Partnership (Conference)
Montréal, May 4 and 5, 2002
Hosted by CIDA
Source : Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)


 

Trade rules may prevent municipalities from implementing Walkerton recommendations : Study

News Release
May 29, 2002
"
Municipalities may face unexpected barriers in implementing the Walkerton Inquiry recommendations to protect drinking water and agricultural lands due to the federal governments approach to trade negotiations, according to a new study by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives."
Complete report:
From Global to Local: GATS Impacts on Canadian Municipalities (PDF file - 600K, 51 pages)
Michelle Swenarchuk
Source : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
See also : Canadian Environmental Law Association
 

A Foundation for Future Growth
NAFTA Free Trade Commission: Joint Statement
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 28, 2002
Source : North American Free Trade Agreement website (from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)

Also on the DFAIT-NAFTA site:

The NAFTA at Eight
Eight years ago, Canada, the U.S.and Mexico formed the world's largest free trade area under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This report provides a detailed overview of its benefits.
Report

NAFTA partner sites :

Secretary of the Economy-Mexico
Office of the United States Trade Representative
United States International Trade Commission
NAFTA Works

 

Report on operations under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act, 2001 (PDF file - 342K, 81 pages)
April 2002
Finance Canada
[version française]
- incl. links to :
International Monetary Fund (Overview - Benefits of Membership - Canada’s Priorities at the IMF - Economic and Financial Developments in Emerging Markets - Efforts to Promote International Financial Stability - Poverty Reduction and Debt Relief - Lending Developments in 2001 - Managing Canada’s Interests at the IMF - Canada’s Office at the IMF -
Canada’s Financial Participation - Challenges Ahead -
World Bank (Overview of Operations in 2001 - Strengthening the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction Focus - Canada’s Priorities at the World Bank - The World Bank Business Plan and Administrative Budget - FY 2001 IBRD Financial Results - Managing Canada’s Interests at the World Bank - International Finance Corporation - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency - Future Challenges
Joint Issues (Overview - Strengthening Financial Sectors - Multilateral Debt Relief - Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Review - Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development
** Be sure to check out the six annexes...
Source : International Trade and Finance Branch (Finance Canada)

Related Links :

Bretton Woods Project
Bretton Woods Committee
The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee
Report on Operations under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act - 2000

 

From the U.S. Department of State :

Electronic Journals of the U.S. Department of State
"IIP publishes five electronic journals* (Economic Perspectives - U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda - U.S. Society & Values - Global Issues - Issues of Democracy), with a new journal in one of the series appearing each month."
- Links to the most recent four issues of each journal - titles include : Food Security and Safety (May 2002 - see link below) - Human Rights Education (March 2002) - Achieving Sustainable Development (April 2002) - The American Family - Addressing World Poverty (Revised March 2002) - Media & Ethics (April 2001) - etc.
Sample link :
Economic Perspectives - May 2002
Food Security and Safety

*[Earlier Issues of the Electronic Journals] - links to over 65 issues of the five journals mentioned above going back to 1996 - including the following titles : Accountability in Government (August 2000) - Toward Inclusion: Meeting the Needs of Persons with Disabilities in the U.S.(January 1999) - The United States: A Nation of Volunteers (September 1998) - Crafting a Global Trade Strategy: the U.S. and the WTO (February 2000) - Democratic Local Government (April 1999) - Free and Equal: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 50 (October 1998) - Advocacy in America (June 1998) - The Nonprofit Sector: Partner in Civil Society (January 1998) - Social Responsibility in the United States (January 1997) - Free Trade and the Summit of the Americas (March 1998) - A Free Press (February 1997) - Foreign Investment and the MAI (April 1997) - Confronting Human Rights Violations (May 1996) - etc.

Source : Office of International Information Programs (IIP)
(formerly the Information Bureau of the United States Information Agency)

 

G8 Justice and Interior Ministers Meeting
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
May 13-14, 2002
"G8 Ministers participate in the G8 Leaders' Summit preparatory process through meetings held separately from the annual Summit. Historically the G8 Justice and Interior Ministers' Meeting focusses on the work of the Lyon Group (Experts Group on Transnational Organized Crime). Following the events of September 11, the work of the Roma Group (Counter Terrorism Experts Group) will be incorporated into ministerial discussions."

Chairpersons’ Summary of the G8 Justice and Interior Ministers’ Meeting
Mont-Tremblant
May 15, 2002

 
The Benefits of Globalization - May 2002 Fraser Forum
Fifteen articles expounding the fiscal conservative views of the Fraser Institute on a variety of topics related to globalization, including : Trade Openness, Sound Policies, and Prosperity - A Child's Burden: Reducing Child Labour by Increasing Trade - Markets Should be Free to Roam the World - Economic Freedom Behind the Scenes - Regulation Without Borders - Private Clinics are Breaking Down Two-tiered Health Care - Private Property Rights Key to Forestry Impasse - Assets and Property - Tails, You Keep Your Job; Heads, You Lose It - and more.
"Fraser Forum is a monthly review of public policy in Canada, with articles covering taxation, education, health care policy, and wide range of other topics. Forum writers are economists, Institute research analysts, and selected authors, including those from other public policy think tanks."

NOTE : On this page, you'll also find links to the following issues of the Fraser Forum : April 2002 (Environmental Questions for the 21st Century) - March 2002 (Creating a North America Frontier) - February 2002 (Government in the Medicine Cabinet)
Source : Fraser Institute

 

Finance Ministers To Meet In Halifax
April 19, 2002
2002-031
Canada will host the G-7 Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Halifax on June 14-15, 2002, Finance Minister Paul Martin announced today. (...) In addition to discussing the global economy, the finance ministers will address ways to combat the financing of terrorism, the prevention and resolution of international financial crises and how best to fight global poverty.
Source : Finance Canada

Facing the Facts: A guide to the GATS debate
General Agreement on Trade in Services
March 28, 2002
by Scott Sinclair and Jim Grieshaber-Otto
Download the full report (PDF file - 900K, 134 pages)
Download the summary of this report (PDF file- 338K, 3 pages))
Read an opinion piece based on this report
Read the news release - "WTO services treaty expanding into public services and domestic regulation"
Source : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 
The Globalism Project

Neo-liberal Globalism and its Challengers: Sustainability on the Semi-Periphery (2000)
Source : Parkland Institute (University of Alberta)

What really happened at the Summit of the Americas?
NFB/Erézi co-production : "View from the Summit" takes you inside
This documentary premieres on TVO's The View From Here on Wednesday April 17 at 10:00 pm
The French version, Vue du Sommet, will premiere on April 22 at 9:00 pm on Télé-Québec.
- Cinéma vérité - seven filmmakers, six protagonists - a "glimpse into the inner workings of the police and the lengths to which they will go to carry out their security mandate."
"It's April 20, 2001 - and Quebec City is preparing to host the three-day Summit of the Americas. A controversial four-kilometre fence splits the city into two ideological camps. Inside the fence, thirty-four heads of state meet behind closed doors to discuss the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement. Outside, tens of thousands of protesters gather, opposed to the FTAA. Amongst them, militant anarchists who are preparing for confrontations with authorities. Six thousand police officers are mobilized to serve and protect. But serve and protect whom? Will Quebec City become a battleground?"

Source : National Film Board of Canada

Embedding Globalization: A Human Capital Perspective
March 20, 2002
news release (PDF file - 10K, 2 pages)
study (Pdf file - 147K, 52 pages)
summary (PDF file - 11K, 2 pages)
Source : Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

ILO Tackles Social Consequences of Globalization
Press Release
February 27, 2002
"The ILO today launched a top-level commission comprising Presidents, politicians, academics, social experts and a Nobel Economics laureate which, for the first time, will address the social dimension of globalization. The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization will be led by two Heads of State, Finnish President Tarja Halonen and President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania. Its ultimate goal is to use the process of globalization as a resource to reduce poverty and unemployment, to foster growth and sustainable development, said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia at a news conference.(...) The Commission has scheduled its first meeting for 25 March 2002 in Geneva. It is expected to Complete its deliberations and present an authoritative report to the ILO's Director-General in the course of 2003."
World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization
Source : International Labour Organization

ILO annual Conference adopts new measures to tackle the challenges of globalization
Thursday 20 June 2002
GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) concluded its 90th annual Conference today after adopting a series of measures designed to
promote a more rigorous approach to tackling the challenges of globalization and create an "anchor" for personal security through poverty reduction, job creation
and improved workplace health and safety.
Related Links:
International Labour Conference (June 3-20, 2002)
International Labour Organization website

Globalization Links - incl. the following link collections : General Links - Globalization : Local Information and Perspectives - Economic Globalization - Political Globalization - Human Ecology of Globalization - Ecology and the Globalization - Natural Environment - World System (Historical Aspects) - Academic Programs - Globalization XXI - by Jorge Machad
Source : Sociologia.de

Visit this large international site for myriad links to a wide range of sociological topics and be sure to check out other sections of their site, such as : Events - News - Forum - Action - Sociochat - Books - Jobs/Grants and much more.

 

Global Economic Growth and Development
Notes for a Presentation to the House Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade
by Roy Culpeper, President of The North-South Institute, Ottawa
January 31, 2002
Source : North-South Institute

 

Globalization Must Work for the Poor, Says New Research Report
World Bank study proposes seven-point action plan

"WASHINGTON—Globalization has helped reduce poverty in a large number of developing countries but it must be harnessed better to help the world's poorest, most marginalized countries improve the lives of their citizens, says a new World Bank research report published today. This is especially important in the wake of September 11 and the world-wide economic slowdown, which is expected to hit poor people particularly hard."
Globalization, Growth and Poverty: Building an Inclusive World Economy
Full Text of the Report - links to individual chapters of the report in PDF format
Background Papers - links to 12 papers on globalization. Click on a link to see an abstract and a link to the full text of the paper.
- For example...
-- Globalization and Inequality: A Long History
-- Globalization, Inequality, and Poverty since 1980
Source : World Bank

 

G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Ottawa to Discuss Fight Against Terrorism
Ottawa, November 16, 2001
Dept. of Finance News Release
G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors will hold their third annual meeting today in Ottawa to discuss their role in fighting terrorism and making the world less vulnerable to financial crises.

G-20 - Government website
- incl. links to : Who we are, What we do - Event Photographs - Videos - Meetings Information -
News Releases and Publications - including the final release : G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (November 17, 2001)

 

USA @WTO

Canada and the WTO - 2001 Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar (from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - DFAIT)
Also from DFAIT :
Trade Negotiations and Agreements - World Trade Organization

Coverage of the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha (from the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development)
OUR WORLD IS NOT FOR SALE --- WTO: Shrink or Sink (from the Council of Canadians)
WTO Watch - Global information center on trade and sustainable development

International Monetary Fund Website

World Bank Web site

Globalization in Focus
This site comes to the Web courtesy of Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF, see the September 8, 1998 Scout Report for Social Sciences). Here users will find a critical look at the WTO as well as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). FPIF here collects links to articles, event announcements, reports, and other resources. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the offerings.
Reviewed by The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001

Performance & Potential 2001-2002: Charting a Canadian Course in North America
October 2001
The success of any nation ultimately rests on the quality of life of its people - a quality that is defined by how well a country treats its citizens in areas like education, social security, health and safety. The annual Performance and Potential report looks at how Canada measures up on critical factors and investigates the ramifications of Canada's
changing situation in North America.

Source : The Conference Board of Canada
- Click on the title of the report (above) for a choice of links to the complete report or individual chapters (see below), key findings and "In Brief" (short summary)
- Compares Canada's socio-economic performance with six "comparator" countries - the U.S., Germany, Japan, Australia, Sweden and Norway - using 40 economic and social indicators in six broad categories—the economy, labour markets, innovation, the environment, education and skills, and health and society.
With a Foreword by Anne Golden, President and Chief Executive Officer (Yes, the same Anne Golden - formerly of the Toronto United Way, who presented the Task Force Report on Homelessness to the (Toronto) Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness in January 1999.

Download the full report (PDF file - 1.92MB, 142 pages)
Individual chapters - links to PDF files for each chapter, including :
Key Findings: Charting a Canadian Course in North America
Chapter 1: Canada's Scorecard -The Top 40 Indicators
Chapter 2: Unleashing Canada's Potential
Chapter 3: Globalization: We’ve Been There, Done That, Now What? (PDF, 11 pages, 239 KB)

Chapter 4: North American Integration - Just Letting It Happen?
Chapter 5: Regulatory Change in Canada - Marching to U.S. Requirements
Chapter 6: Canada’s Fiscal Strength Allows Social Policy Choices
Chapter 7: Finding A Future for Canada’s Health Care System
Chapter 8: Raising the Bar - Educational Requirements for Employment Have Changed
Chapter 9: Choosing a "Made in Canada" Family Policy
NOTE: The "Individual Chapters" link above offers hyperlinks to all of the chapters. I've linked only to Chapter 3 because this page of links deals with the subject of that chapter.

Public Citizen (U.S.)
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
Harmonization Alert

Global Trade Watch

Centre for Research on Globalisation
The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of progressive writers, scholars and activists committed to curbing the tide of "globalisation" and "disarming" the New World Order. The CRG webpage based in Montréal publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on the interrelationship between social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes.
This site works best with Internet Explorer.

A Proper Global Agenda
by Robert B. Reich
Why we should all embrace globalization...
Source : The American Prospect

North American Free Trade Agreement Secretariat
The NAFTA Secretariat, comprised of the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican Sections, is an unique organization, established by the Free Trade Commission, pursuant to Article 2002, Chapter 20 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is responsible for the administration of the dispute settlement provisions of the Agreement. The mandate of the NAFTA Secretariat also includes the provision of assistance to the Commission and support for various non-dispute related committees and working groups.
- This is a frames site - click "NAFTA" at the top of the page to access the complete text of the North American Free Trade Agreement

A TEN-POINT JUSTICE AGENDA FOR THE AMERICAS: 10 things that are wrong with the FTAA--and how to fix them
July/August 2001
Source : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Eliminating World Poverty : Making Globalisation Work for the Poor
U.K. Department for International Development
December 2000.
Published in early December by Prime Minister Blair and the British Secretary of State Clare Short, this second White Paper from the UK government on International Development discusses strategies for making the rapid development that has accompanied globalization benefit the world's poor more. The lengthy publication presents information and makes recommendations concerning third world governance and poverty, labour supply and skills development, private finance, trade, the global environment, effective development assistance, and the International System. A short summary of the paper in .pdf format as well as the full text in HTML (with a sidebar table of contents) has been posted. A search engine, extensive glossary, and text-only version are also available
Reviewed by The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001
Don't miss the Links section - great collection! (The site uses frames so you'll have to find the link yourself...)

The Whirled Bank Group - Our Dream is a World Full of Poverty
Very professional, very tongue-in-cheek, very biting. As the name and the catchy logo imply, this is a spoof of the World Bank site. It's got excellent and extensive content and a very polished look and feel. Includes information about recent and forthcoming World Bank/IMF protests and links to many corporate watchdog sites and content...
- The [Corporate] Confessional of the First Church of the Almighty Dollar is a good example of the type of satire you'll find in this site!

The American Prospect
The aim of The American Prospect is to contribute to a renewal of America's democratic traditions by presenting a practical and convincing vision of liberal philosophy, politics, and public life.
- A Special Segment on Globalization
 

Brookings Institution Globalization Page
 

Global Exchange

"Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice. Since our founding in 1988, we have increased the US public's global awareness while building partnerships worldwide."
- incl. links to : Bike Aid - Weekly News - Press Room - Upcoming Events -
FTAA - Fair Trade - WTO - Oil & Autos - IMF & World Bank - Sweatshops - Green Festivals - Iraq - Brazil/MST - Colombia - Cuba - Mexico - Palestine/Israel - United States - Afghanistan.
Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the World Trade Organization
- "...The WTO tramples over labor and human rights - The WTO is increasing inequality - The WTO is killing people..."
 

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
CEPR was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. We work to ensure that the citizenry has the information and analysis that allows it to act effectively in the public interest.

Check the CEPR Publications Page for 60+ reports about everything from Social Security and NAIRU to IMF and WTO.
Here are just a few samples:

Globalization - links to two dozen recent publications and news, plus links to resources on the following: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank - Taxing Speculation (Tobin Tax) - The World Trade Organization (WTO) - The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) - The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

The Scorecard on Globalization 1980-2000; 20 Years of Diminished Progress - CEPR
July 2001
This paper compares the social indicators of the last twenty years against the claims of growth through globalization. 
 

CANADIAN STUDY ON SOCIAL COHESION
"...dimensions of social cohesion in Canada in the context of globalization and other economic and structural forces that influence trust and reciprocity among Canadians"
Backgrounder
FINAL REPORT
June 1999
Source : The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
 
G8 Summit Opens Amidst Tear Gas And Petrol Bombs
Clashes erupt at Genoa summit-- BBC
The G-8 Summit -- Time
Special Report: G-8 Summit -- Guardian
G-8 Information Centre - University of Toronto
In what is now becoming a familiar scene at international economic meetings, police and anti-globalization protesters clashed violently in Genoa, Italy, as leaders of the world's seven richest countries and Russia met to discuss the threat of a world recession, liberalizing trade, and global warming. The violence began just outside the "red zone" established by security forces to keep protestors away from the summit venue, a medieval palace. Italy and Genoa have been preparing for the conference for weeks, assembling some 20,000 security forces, preparing water cannons, and even placing surface-to-air missiles at the city's airport. As with previous protests, those involved in the marches and rioting represent a wide variety of international economic and human rights causes and espouse a range of tactics, from peaceful marches to deliberate destruction of property. Safely isolated from these protests, the G-8 leaders will discuss issues such as concessions to developing countries, a new round of trade talks, and the danger of a world recession. 

The BBC's special report on the summit includes background information, an in-depth examination of the protests and the issues under discussion, some analysis, and links to related stories. Time's report features photo galleries, reporting and analysis, and a timeline. The Guardian offers a number of articles, while the Washington Post's special section includes breaking news, commentary, photos, editorial cartoons, and related articles. Additional coverage is available from CNN and the New York Times. The official homepage of the summit includes news and background information, while the G-8 Information Centre at the University of Toronto Library offers a range of background materials and reference resources.
From The Scout Report
Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.wisc.edu/

Human Rights in the Context of Economic Integration of the Americas
Human Rights, Global Markets: Some Issues and Challenges for Canadian Foreign Policy
Source : Parliamentary Research Branch Publications (Large collection - links to almost 200 studies and reports. Check it out!) - Library of Parliament

Neo-liberal Globalism and its challengers : Sustainability in the semi- periphery
February 2000
Source : Parkland Institute (Univesity of Alberta)

Minister Pettigrew announces release of draft FTAA negotiating text
July 3, 2001
Press Release
FTAA Draft Text, Canada's Positions and Proposals, and Frequently Asked Questions
Source : Trade Negotiations and Agreements (Dept. of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
NOTE: The FTAA draft negotiating text can be also be found on the Website of the FTAA Secretariat

 

 

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives :

An Analysis of the Draft Investment Chapter of the FTAA (PDF file - 121K, 13 pages)
From the Briefing Paper Series
Researchers from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives were part of the team analyzing the leaked investment chapter of the draft FTAA text.

NAFTA at seven: Its impact on workers in all three nations (PDF file - 135K, 30 pages)
April 2001
by Robert E. Scott, Carlos Salas and Bruce Campbell
This evaluation of the North American Free Trade Agreement on its seventh anniversary finds a continent-wide pattern of stagnant worker incomes, lost job opportunities, increased insecurity, and rising inequality. The Canadian contribution to this study, coordinated by the Washington-based think tank, the Economic Policy Institute, was written by CCPA Executive Director Bruce Campbell. The basic message of the report is that NAFTA has largely been a lose-lose-lose proposition for workers, and the NAFTA model which is being extended to the FTAA, should be abandoned.
News Release
 
Alliance for Responsible Trade (ART) - U.S.
The Alliance for Responsible Trade was formed in 1991, at the beginning of the NAFTA debate. Since its inception, ART has been a U.S. multisectoral coalition with a consciously internationalist position on trade. During the NAFTA debate, ART worked closely with counterpart coalitions in Mexico and Canada to develop a series of trinational citizens' statements and documents that critiqued the official proposals and outlined alternative policies and processes for economic integration that would serve to raise environmental and labor standards and promote equitable and sustainable development. Members of ART also represented U.S. citizens' groups before the media at official negotiating sessions in Mexico, Canada and the United States.
 

Halifax Initiative
Halifax Initiative is a Canadian coalition of development, environment, faith, rights and labour groups. [It] was formed in the context of an international movement of non-governmental organizations focused on evaluating the role and record of the Bretton Woods Institutions at the time of their 50th Anniversary. Canadian NGOs formed the Halifax Initiative in December 1994 to ensure that demands for fundamental reform of the international financial institutions were high on the agenda of the G7's 1995 Halifax Summit.
- incl. links to : Debt - Export Credit Agencies - International Monetary Fund - Tobin Tax - World Bank - G-20 - Finance for Development - Publications - Media - Events - Links
 

Bretton Woods Project - "Critical voices on the World Bank and IMF"
Bretton Woods Project was established by a network of UK NGOs to monitor the World Bank and IMF. The Project's reports and bi-monthly bulletin Bretton Woods Update aim to clarify current issues and provide links to campaigners and researchers worldwide. The Bretton Woods Project was set up in 1995 to facilitate the work of UK non-government organisations (NGOs) concerned about the social and environmental impacts of World Bank and IMF financing in developing countries. The Project circulates information to NGOs in the UK and across the world, identifies lobbying or campaigning opportunities, organises meetings with officials and prepares briefings on important issues. The Project's quarterly newsletter, the Bretton Woods Update, summarises key World Bank, IMF and NGO activities and lists available documents and important dates."

Bretton Woods Committee
"The Bretton Woods Committee is a bipartisan, non-profit group organized to increase public understanding of international financial and development issues and the role of the Bretton Woods institutions -- the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the regional development banks -- in the global economy."

The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

Globalization, Terrorism and the World Economy
November 16, 2001
Speech by the Honourable Paul Martin, Minister of Finance for Canada, at a luncheon organized by the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee and The Conference Board of Canada

Source : Finance Canada Web site

Report on Operations under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act - 2000
Prepared by: 
International Trade and Finance Branch 
Finance Canada 
March 2001 
-Links to information about : International Monetary Fund - Overview - Benefits of Membership - Canada’s Priorities at the IMF - Efforts to Promote International Financial Stability - Poverty Reduction and Debt Relief - Lending Developments in 2000 - Managing Canada’s Interests at the IMF - Canada’s Office at the IMF - Canada’s Financial Participation - Challenges Ahead. World Bank - Overview -World Development Report 2000-2001 - Supporting Country-Led Development and Poverty Reduction Strategies - Global Public Goods - Consultation and Information Disclosure - Improving Co-ordination With Other Agencies - Other World Bank Operations in FY 2000 - International Development Association - IDA Priorities - Canada’s Priorities at the World Bank - Managing Canada’s Interests at the World Bank - Canadian Procurement at the World Bank - International Finance Corporation - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency - Learning About Opportunities - Canada’s Financial Participation - Future Challenges. Joint Issues - Overview - Strengthening Financial Sectors - Multilateral Debt Relief - World Bank and IMF Participation in the United Nations Financing for Development Conference. Don't miss the six annexes... 
 

Trade, Globalization and Canadian Values
PDF file - 430K, 26 pages
THE CRIC PAPERS
April 2001
Source : Centre for Research and Information on Canada (CRIC)
 
Oneworld.net
"OneWorld is the world's favourite and fastest-growing civil society network online, supporting people’s media to help co-create society."


 

Summit of the Americas Links
 
 

Government Sites

SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS - AmericasCanada.org
AmericasCanada.org is Canada's leading online source for information about the social, cultural, political and economic issues and events that bind the 34 democratic countries of the western hemisphere. The site is operated by the Hemisphere Summit Office (HSO), an Ottawa-based task force created by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The HSO is responsible for the policy, communications, event logistics and administration of major Hemisphere-related events in Canada, including the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in June 2000 and the Summit of the Americas in April 2001.

Final Declarations
April 22, 2001
From the official Summit website - AmericasCanada.org (see below)
Includes links to : Declaration of Quebec City - Plan of Action - Declaration in Support of the Peace - Process in Colombia - Connecting The Americas - The Institute for Connectivity in the Americas

Canada and the Summits of the Americas: A National Report
Executive summary and link to the complete report in PDF format
This is Canada's first report on the Summits of the Americas process. It focusses primarily on the 1998 Santiago Plan of Action. References to mandates originating from the 1994 Miami Summit of the Americas are also included, as many of the commitments from Miami continue to be implemented. The report is divided into four sections that mirror the four main themes of the Santiago Plan of Action. These four themes are in turn broken down into 28 sub-themes, each with at least one corresponding action item. Throughout the report, action items are highlighted in bold type. Achievements described represent a summary of the work Canada has done in support of summit mandates and in related areas. This report is a resource document and each section may be read independently.
Complete report (PDF file - 236 pages, 863K)

Events
Here, you'll find a wealth of information about : the XIIIth Pan American Games (August 1999) - Ninth Conference of Spouses of Heads of State and Government of the Americas (September 1999) - Fifth Americas Business Forum (November 1999) - FTAA Trade Ministers Meeting (November 1999) - Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly (June 2000) -  2001 Summit of the Americas (April 2001). 

Countries - links to factsheets on over 30 countries participating in the Summit. 

Media Centre Links

Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) - part of the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- includes links to the following: FTAA Negotiating Groups - Canadian Written Submissions - Key Contacts - Consultative Groups - Process - Parliamentary Committee  (Report and Response) - Related Activities and Statements - Ministerial Declarations - Related Links - Archives

Free Trade Area of the Americas process - official home page 
This site follows the process initiated in the 1994 Summit of the Americas to integrate the economies of the Western Hemisphere into a single free trade arrangement.
Canada FTAA Links - incl. FTAA Negotiating Themes | Official Sources | Non-Official Sources


News from Québec City
CBC Newsworld - headlines
Summit of the Americas indepth coverage - Newsworld
CNN
CANOE
Bourque NewsWatch

Headlines
Straight Goods' Quebec Summit Home Page
Independent Media Center (IMC) 
IMC Coverage from Quebec City
Montreal Independent Media Center
Ontario Independent Media Center
Vermont Independent Media Center

Non-Government Sites

Common Frontiers
- incl. links to : About Us - Documents - News Releases - Events - Links - Free trade Kit - Alternatives - Hemispheric Social Alliance - Contact Us 

Centre for Media Alternatives of Quebec 2001
The CMAQ is your source of information about what's happening before, during and after the April 2001 Quebec Summit, including information about the issues surrounding the tentative to create a free trade area throughout the Americas.   

www.quebec2001.net - the webpage of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal 
On this site, you'll find basic information about organizing activities against the upcoming Summit of the Americas gathering in  Quebec City (April 2001)

Straight Goods'
Quebec Summit Home Page
- News, info, resources, pix, and talk to help inform you about the Quebec City Summit of the Americas, the issues, and protest activities surrounding it.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - coverage of the Summit of the Americas, including:
New report shows NAFTA has harmed workers in all three countries
April 11, 2001
Press Release
Complete report online (PDF file - 134K, 30 pages)

rabble.ca
rabble.ca is a project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This new interactive magazine captures the spirit of a growing democracy movement. rabble.ca combines the hot energy of activism with the cool eye of journalism. 
Rabble-rousers - articles about privatization, trade talks, the Whose Economy Conference, and more...

University of Ottawa-Carleton University ANTI-FTAA Organizing Committee
Get Involved, Stay Informed. . . in the Struggle against the FTAA


Related Links

Canadian Foundation for the Americas
The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) is an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to deepening and strengthening Canada’s relations with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through policy discussion and analysis. FOCAL’s mission is to develop a greater understanding of important hemispheric issues and to help build a stronger community of the Americas.

Canadian Institute for International Affairs (CIIA)

the anarchy organization (tao)
This is a large Canadian Site maintained by a team of volunteers.
tao communications is a regional federation of local autonomous collectives and individuals involved in communications and media, radical activism and social work.
organized tao locals:
- tao vancouver
- tao edmonton
- tao toronto
- tao montreal
- tao olympia
In addition, tao collectives  are forming in Northern Ontario and Ottawa. Groups in Guelph, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Edmonton, as well as various other world locales also participate within the federation.
Check out events.tao.ca - tao's online interactive calendar - demonstrations, meetings, events. Very active. Click on the date of any event for more information - and be sure to check previous and coming months.

Indymedia - Independent Media Center (international)
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.
Enormous site, very impressive - includes links to 50+ regional sites (Canadian and international cities, provinces/states and countries)
Be sure to click on the links (down the left side or across the top of the Indymedia page, or on the links below) to the following Canadian sites for local information :
Calgary --- Hamilton --- Montreal --- Ontario ---Ottawa --- Québec --- Vancouver --- Windsor

Global Democracy Ottawa - A Call to action Against the World Bank, the International monetary Fund and the G-20

Council of Canadians
...an independent,  non-partisan citizens' interest group providing a critical and progressive voice on key national issues
Stop the FTAA
March 13, 2001
- don't miss the collection of links to FTAA regional groups and contacts across Canada and the U.S. - many with websites...

Guelph Action Network Anti-FTAA website
- includes an excellent collection of links to 17 anti-FTAA related websites

Protest.Net (U.S., international)
"Protest Portal Unites Activists Under One URL" -NY Times
Protest.Net is a collective of activists who are working together to create our own media. By publishing a public record of our political activities on the web we are taking a stand against the established media. We are standing up and showing that serious activism is alive and well at the dawn of the 21st century.
Includes a newsletter, news and action alerts,  links to protest groups and protest calendars around the world - see Canada, for example...
Protest.Net covers a wide range of issues, including : Children & Education - Civil Rights - Drugs - Elections & Democracy - Environment - Feminism - Globalization & Imperialism - Human Rights - Immigration & Refugees - Labor / Union - Poverty & Hunger - Race & Class - and much more
Activists Handbook - articles about political activity.
Links to activist calendars and to progressive sites - very impressive collection...

AmericasNet Web Site (U.S.)
Summit of the AmericasCenter
Latin American and Caribbean Center
Florida International University
The AmericasNet site offers news, analysis and comment on Summit implementation, with special emphasis on the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations. The site has a special focus on Florida, but it includes plenty of links to Summit-related documents and sites.


Stop the FTAA (U.S.)

Freedom Rising Affinity Group (California)
Incl. links to : Campaign Information Affinity Group Resources - Other Resources - Action History - Direct Democracy - Action Resources 


WTO WATCH
The global information center on the WTO, trade, and sustainable development

Summit of the Americas Links
Extensive collection of links organized under the following categories: National Coordinators - Responsible Coordinators - Links to Official Government Sites (including Canada) - Links to International Organizations - Links to Civil Society Organizations - Citizen Participation for the Summit of the Americas - Other Summit pages - Other Multilateral Processes
Summit Documents
- includes : Documents containing proposals for the Third Summit of the Americas - Summit Declarations - SIRG Documents - General Assembly Documents - Summit Committee Documents - Other Official Docs - GETC Documents - Other Summit Papers
Source : Organization of American States


50 Years Is Enough : U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice is a coalition of 205 grassroots, faith-based, policy, women's, social- and economic-justice, youth, solidarity, labor, and development organizations dedicated to the profound transformation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice is a coalition of 205 grassroots, faith-based, policy, women's, social- and economic-justice, youth, solidarity, labor, and development organizations dedicated to the profound transformation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Public Citizen Global Trade Watch

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