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Transnational Institute (TNI)

Lebanon and Syria : blackouts as a way of life

> In "Beyond the Market: The Future of Public Services", chapter written by Alessandra Galié and Bernhard Hack, april 2006, 11 p. (pdf)

The politics, economics and societies of Syria and Lebanon have been closely intertwined for many years. This chapter discusses the countries’ different approaches to the concept of ‘public’ and ‘private’ services. Focusing on the water and electricity sectors, it highlights how international bodies and regional agreements are influencing domestic policies towards the dominant model of market-oriented reforms. Read Lebanon and Syria : blackouts as a way of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 March 2007

Coordination SUD

Agriculture: for a regulation of world trade, placing development at the centre of WTO negotiations on the Agreement on Agriculture

Recommendations of the French International Solidarity NGOs on the occasion of the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference

> Gret - Coordination SUD, 2005/12, PDF, 106 pp. (...)

« International trade is [...] not the answer to the priority needs of rural Thailand, but it seems to be the only concern of the policies implemented. » This statement by a Thai small-scale farmer reflects the despair expressed by nume-rous organisations, partners of Coordination SUD’s members working in rural areas. It challenges the validity of the postulate that guides the trade nego-tiations underway and maintains that all one needs to do is facilitate interna-tional trade to overcome poverty and ensure the development of poor countries.
In this report, Coordination SUD’s Agriculture and Food Commission attempts to make more explicit the extent to which the trade policies of the past two decades have or have not made it possible to attain the proclaimed goals of fighting hunger and poverty. This work was done in partnership with organisations in the South, through case studies of six particularly sensitive agricultural products : rice, sugar, bananas, chicken, milk and cotton. Each of these products illustrates different facets of the stakes involved in commercial trade liberalisation on the multilateral level. Based on the observation that trade policies as they are currently conceived do not benefit the poorest, this report sets forth a number of proposals that aim to replace development at the centre of trade nego-tiations, and especially the negotiations that will take place during the WTO’s Sixth Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong from 13 to 18 December 2005.  read

date of on-line publication : 21 December 2005

Transnational Institute (TNI)

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse

The g8, climate change and free-market environmentalism

> Transnational Institute/Carbon Trade Watch, June 2005, 64pp., PDF, 600Ko (...)

This briefing examines the relationship between free-market economic forces and climate change policy while scrutinising the rhetoric and reality behind promises on climate made by the most powerful politicians in the world - the G8. It also explores the origins of free-market environmentalism and analyses the conflicts and synergies that arise when the worlds of trade and environment collide.  read

date of on-line publication : 1 December 2005

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