Miss Jennifer M Cyr, and Simon Roughneen will join E.K.Bensah in the New Year. We would
like to wish you all a very festive season and Happy New Year 2003;-) [Posted: Friday '20' December @ 2.38pm CET]
LATEST at SECRETARIAT:
The ICDA Secretariat will wind up its activities to close on FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER
for the Christmas break.
THE SECRETARIAT IS NOW CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR. WE WISH ALL OUR
VISITORS A VERY PEACEFUL, PLEASANT and RELAXING NEW YEAR!! We will be back on 6 January 2003
[Posted:Friday 20 December @ 2:34pm CET]
FOOD FOR THOUGHT 2002
The mini-ministerial meeting of trade ministers from 25 nations held in Sydney has cast further doubts on the future of Doha round of talks and on liberalization of trade in the world...
The objective of the mini-summit is to prepare the agenda for the next WTO meeting and to reach so called consensus on crucial issues in greenroom conference...
Like a house divided, it is likely to collapse or become dysfunctional on its own.
--Hasnat Abdul Hye, Daily Star
The Brussels Secretariat acts as an information clearing house, monitoring media and specialized publications for relevant input. The
Secretariat's participation in major (and minor) seminars and/or conferences and intergovernmental meetings provide yet other sources of information.
One of its primary aims is
to promote issues of international development, including advocacy and education on the
adverse aspects of international trade and trade-related isuues.
It has both NGO accreditation with the WTO Secretariat as well as consultative status with the United
Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
As part of ICDA's Programme on Trade, ICDA presents you its upcoming conference...
Filling the Development Deficits and Influencing the WTOMC5:
Transforming Blind Economic Globalization to Global Sustainability 15-16 November, 2002--Brussels
The objectives of the annual conference are to:
identify the core deficits of the latest int'l conferences.
explore ways in which ICDA’s members, partners, and contacts in the South and North can work towards pressing both the WTO and the UN, especially development and trade bodies, such as UNCTAD, to play a more proactive role in advancing a gender-sensitive, people-oriented, sustainable development.
outline how ICDA’s members, partners, and contacts from all regions can coordinate to focus on removing the development deficits from the WTO agenda and work program in order to advance a gender-sensitive, people-oriented, sustainable development.
pay particular attention to regional coordination towards the WTOMC5
Initiate collaboration on joint actions and campaigns
As the UN's Financing for Development Conference kicks off today in Monterrey, Mexico,
all eyes will be on the so-called stakeholders -- ie The World Bank, the IMF, the WTO and providers of foreign investment (TNCs) -- and
their desire to live up to the UN's 2015 Millenium development goals, with the UN. For more info, click here.
[Posted:Monday 18 March 2002]
Daunted by all this trade information? Don't be. Instead, check out this new page for the very best articles from Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, and a slew of articles that we have culled from our WTO Impact Lists of February -- June 2001. Students, NGOs, and Activists, eat your heart out here.
Please keep your eyes peeled for more information on ICDA's participation in the
Caucus of the NGO Forum at the Conference. A Special Report will soon be posted up. In the meantime, please feel free to hear
ICDA delegate, Ms. Meredyth Bowler-Ailloud of Strategic Development Initiative (SDI), read ICDA's Statement for the Conference
ICDA has a Talk area! Feel free to post your messages on ICDA's general Discussion Board (most useful for visitors). For
NGO affiliates, or Impact List subscribers, there is a private area where you can discuss issues most pertinent
to you. ICDA members are not forgotten either, and will soon have a password-protected site for them, too.
ICDA has finally set up its Special United Nations LDC3 Conference Page, in wake of the UN Conference which
is to take place the week of 14 May to 20 May at the European Parliament.
Please see below on how to visit ICDA's LDC Page, as well as find out what LDC countries are. Of special concern
will be the case of Sugar, and other useful links on the EBA initiative, as well as info. on UNCTAD.
ICDA has set up its Special EU_NGO Dialogue with Civil Society Page in the wake of the new round of issue groups that
is to take place the week of 23 April to 27 April at the European Commission.
Please see below on how to view the highlights of the last report on WTO Transparency.