Civil society representatives available for interview on trade liberalization and the financial crisis

25 June 2009
TNI

Our World is not for Sale Network (OWINFS), made up of more than 200 social movements and organizations fighting against unjust trade agreements, has the following members available for interview in New York:

Elyzabeth Peredo is the Director of Solon Foundation of Bolivia, which plays an important role in the movements against Free Trade Agreements in both Bolivia and Latin America. Solon Foundation is leading a campaign to call for countries to withdraw from the secretive World Bank Tribunal, International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Our World is not for Sale Network (OWINFS), made up of more than 200 social movements and organizations fighting against unjust trade agreements, has the following members available for interview in New York:

Elyzabeth Peredo is the Director of Solon Foundation of Bolivia, which plays an important role in the movements against Free Trade Agreements in both Bolivia and Latin America. Solon Foundation is leading a campaign to call for countries to withdraw from the secretive World Bank Tribunal, International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). This will be a focus of a high-level UN side event on Thursday 25 June where President Correa of Ecuador and President Morales of Bolivia will both speak. (cell: 646 407 2502)

Lori Wallach is the Director of Global Trade Watch, a project of Public Citizen and is an expert on World Trade Organization negotiations and in particular the impact of WTO’s Financial Services Agreement and its likely ongoing impact on the financial crisis as well as the role of the US in the WTO negotiations.
(Cell: (202) 441-7369)

Myriam Vander Stichele is Senior Researcher at SOMO, the Dutch based Research Organisation on Multinationals and is also a Fellow of TNI. She is an expert on the EU’s trade policy and particularly on the EU’s strategy on Financial Services negotiations both in WTO and in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and has closely followed the role of the EU in shaping the global response to the financial and economic crisis.
(Cell: + 31-6-1206.0229)

Diana Aguiar is the Global Project Coordinator of the International Gender and Trade Network (IGTN) and has closely followed UN negotiations and the impact of the global economic crisis from a women’s perspective. (Cell 631 599 4299)

Steve Suppan is policy analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and is an expert on the impact of the economic crisis on the rural and agricultural sector, and the need for fundamental changes in trade policy related to agriculture and food in order to effectively tackle malnutrition and hunger worldwide. (cell 952 404 1374)

Beverley Keene is coordinator for Jubilee South, an international network of movements fighting against illegitimate, unpayable third world debt and comes from Argentina. She is also active in movements against ICSID. (cell 530 902 3772)

Tony Clarke is the Executive Director of the Polaris Institute and can speak on the growth of international social movements working on trade and the role of trade regimes in the financial crisis.
(cell 613 769 9226)

Contact:

Media coordinator: Nick Buxton
Email 1: nick [at] tni.org
Email 2: nick_buxton [at] yahoo.com.uk
Phone: 530 902 3772

See Ourworldisnotforsale.org for background information on the connections between “free trade” and the financial crisis

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