World-renowned Alternative Globalisation Thinker to visit Netherlands

14 March 2009
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Dr. Walden Bello, Filipino economist and respected leading thinker in the alternative globalisation movement, will be visiting the Netherlands [insert dates here] and will be available for interview. Bello’s visit coincides with the EU council meeting and is two weeks before the G20 summit in London. Bello clearly articulates the critiques made by social movements worldwide to current responses by the G20 to the financial crisis. He also lays out a vision for alternative policies that are rooted in economic, social and environmental justice.

Dr. Walden Bello, Filipino economist and respected leading thinker in the alternative globalisation movement, will be visiting the Netherlands [insert dates here] and will be available for interview. Bello’s visit coincides with the EU council meeting and is two weeks before the G20 summit in London. Bello clearly articulates the critiques made by social movements worldwide to current responses by the G20 to the financial crisis. He also lays out a vision for alternative policies that are rooted in economic, social and environmental justice. Walden Bello, Director of International think-tank Focus on the Global South and fellow of the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute, was described in February 2009 by the Economist as the man “who popularised a new term: deglobalisation.” Professor of Sociology at Philippines University and author of more than 14 books, Bello was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 2003 for "... outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalisation, and how alternatives to it can be implemented."  Bello predicted the financial crisis several years prior to the current meltdown and is a globally respected figure within the alternative globalisation movement. Canadian author Naomi Klein called him the "world's leading no-nonsense revolutionary."  During his visit, Bello will be debating European Commission’s Gert-Jan Koopman, who has played an instrumental role in European economic strategies for the last 18 years on 17 March in Brussels. He will also be speaking in Den Haag, at an event co-organised with Oxfam Novib and the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) on March 19 March. For registration and information contact: Pablosanchez@tni.org 00 32 (0) 486. 50 79 96