Statement Against the WTO Ministerial Conference to be Held in December in Buenos Aires

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Source: Summit of the Peoples / The Dawn News / July 18, 2017

Photo credit: Biodiversidad en América Latina
Photo credit: Biodiversidad en América Latina

Last June 24, we, social organizations and networks, unions, human rights organizations, territorial organizations, student organizations, women organizations, peasant and anti-extractivist organizations met in Buenos Aires at the National Meeting Against the World Trade Organization (WTO). We call the peoples of the world to mobilize at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference, which will take place in Argentina between December 10 and 13 this year.

To this end, we convene a Summit of the Peoples in the city of Buenos Aires to cooperate in organizing the resistance against so-called “free trade”, which only generates policies of exploitation and plundering of our peoples and nature, and to bring forth and discuss alternatives to this productive or commercial system.

We believe that the struggle against the WTO is global and has a rich history of mobilizations and organization, because this institution represents the interests of transnational companies, not the rights nor the necessities of the peoples. There is a milestone in this process of criticizing the WTO: in 1999, social organizations mobilized to create awareness on the negative impacts of the project of commercial liberalization during the WTO meeting in seattle, United States, and this inspired a vast movement of anti-capitalist resistance around the world. Four years later, the mass mobilizations during the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun was another step forward in the struggle against the agenda of big transnational capital.

We also want the struggle against the WTO to be take on region-specific forms, by joining the recovery of our valuable history of social and political organization against the multiple forms of domination that capital has acquired over the last years. The struggle against the FTAA was a remarkable process of continent-wide coordination, and the Summit of the Peoples held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2005, enabled important advances in the discussion of alternative ways to create continental integration.

More than 10 years later, we need to join our struggles once again to mobilize against corporate freedom and privileges for investors in our region. Freedom must be for the people. Freedom of mobility must be for workers and not for business owners and investors who speculate with our social and natural goods. In this context, we must once again discuss the issue of alternatives for the peoples and the urgent need to build new forms of relations between our peoples, based on solidarity and complementarity.

We also understand that 20 years of “free” trade treaties in the region show the devastating effects of deregulation and increased corporate privileges on our people and environment. Against this, it is time to create social, economic, feminist, and environmental-ecosocialist alternatives. We reject the “free” trade agenda and protection of investors in every form, whether this is done through bilateral or inter-regional agreements (like the treaty between the European Union and the Mercosur, which they are trying to close in December this year), in the multilateral arena like the WTO or by the decision of groups like the G-20.

We propose to continue to join agendas and campaigns of different social and political organizations at the regional and global level. Therefore, we at the National Meeting make a calling to all organizations and peoples from Argentina and the world to actively participate in the organization and development of the Summit of the Peoples in Buenos Aires between December 10 and 13, 2017, to oppose the regime the WTO is promoting at a global level and imagine and discuss alternatives to capitalism. Together, we can build those alternative world.

The struggle is global!

Down with free trade treaties that oppress the peoples”

We demand fair agreements for commerce between the peoples!

In 2017, let’s have another Seattle in Buenos Aires!


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Asamblea Argentina Mejor sin TLC

Amigos de la Tierra Argentina

Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos


Cátedra Libre de Soberanía Alimentaria de la Escuela de Nutrición (UBA)

Cátedra Libre Virginia Bolten: Construyendo feminismos populares en Nuestra América (UNLP)

Central de los Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA)

Centro de Estudios del Trabajo (Cedetrabajo)

Cienfuegos OP

Corriente Popular Juana Azurduy

Corriente Nacional Emancipación Sur

Democracia Socialista / Cauce UBA

Diálogo 2000-Jubileo Sur Argentina

Ecologistas en Acción

Emancipación Sur-CABA

Espacio de Lucha Territorial Río Bravo

Federación de Trabajadores de la Energía de la República Argentina, FeTERA

Federación Judicial Argentina (FJA)

Federación de Entidades Argentino Palestinas

Foro Ecologista de Paraná

Frente Popular Dario Santillan – Corriente Nacional

Frente Universitario de Luján

Frente de lucha por la Soberanía Alimentaria Argentina

Fundación Más Derechos por Más Dignidad

Grupo de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe (GEAL)

Jóvenes con Palestina

Movimiento Nacional Campesino Indígena (CLOC-La Vía Campesina)

Movimiento Popular La Dignidad

Movimiento Popular Patria Grande

Mujeres por un Desarrollo Alternativo para una Nueva Era (DAWN)

Observatorio Petrolero Sur (OPSUR)

Partido Nacional UNIDAD POPULAR

Red Ecosocialista-MST

Red de Género y Comercio

Red de médicos de pueblos fumigados-Red Universitasia de Ambiente y Salud

Red de investigadorxs y organizaciones sociales de América Latina – RIOSAL

Seamos Libres

Secretaría de Cultura, Central de los Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA-A)

Sociedad de Economía Crítica (SEC)

Tierra para vivir-Marabunta

Voz de las Comunas, programa de FM Radio Asamblea

Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos (FOCO)

LGBT en Resistencia

Taller Ecologista.

Acción por la Biodiversidad

Ser.Cu.Po – Al Servicio de la Cultura Popular

The Dawn News

Adhesión de organizaciones regionales:

Comité por la Anulación de la Deuda del Tercer Mundo – Américas (CADTM – AYNA)

Latindadd – Red Latinoamericana sobre Deuda, Desarrollo y Derechos

Jubileu Sul Brasil

Jubileo Sur/Américas

Fórum de Mudanças Climáticas e Justiça Social, Brasil

Insurgência, Brasil

Comitê Pró-Haiti

Tribunal Popular

Caritas do Brasil


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