Papers and speeches
- Walden Bello The Economics of Empire New Labor Forum, Fall 2003 - Versión español
- Walden Bello Implications of Cancún ZNet, 23 September 2003 - Versión español
- Walden Bello There is Life after Cancún Bangkok Post, 21 September 2003
The collapse of the WTO meeting in Cancún represented a victory for people throughout the world. The coalition of developing countries that emerged at the summit (Group of 21) is a new development that could alter the global balance of forces. The group found a natural ally in global civil society, whose challenge now is to redouble its efforts to dismantle the structures of inequality and to push for alternative arrangements for global economic co-operation that would truly advance the interests of the poor, the marginalised and the disempowered.
- John Cavanagh and Robin Broad A Turning Point for World Trade? The Baltimore Sun, 18 September 2003
At the WTO meeting in Cancún, it was the first time in decades of globalisation negotiations that democracy trumped narrow elite interests. India, Brazil, China and nearly two dozen other poor nations, representing more than half of the globe's population, negotiated as a bloc. With backing from a wide array of citizen groups, they rejected the meeting's final text, which, as usual, was crafted to address the corporate interests of richer nations. In short, the many derailed a trade agenda for the few.
- Walden Bello WTO Ministerial Collapses in Cancún Focus on the Global South, 14 September 2003
In dramatic fashion, the World Trade Organization's Fifth Ministerial collapsed today. Irreconcilable differences among developed and developing countries put the finishing touches to a one and half year long global campaign to derail the Cancún meeting.
- Walden Bello Why a Derailed WTO Ministerial is the Best Outcome for the South Focus on the Global South, 4 September 2003
The prospect that the ministerial will produce no agreements for significant new liberalization is increasingly likely, which could be the best outcome for developing countries. It would give them breathing space to organize and co-ordinate their defence and allow them and global civil society the opportunity to mount the reversal of corporate-driven globalisation.
- Walden Bello The Crisis of the Globalist Project & the New Economics of George W. BushFocus on the Global South, 10 July 2003
When the WTO was born in 1995, it was hailed as the gem of global economic governance in the era of globalisation, the organisation that would eliminate power and coercion from trade relations by subjecting both the powerful and the weak to a common set of rules. Now, as the 5th Ministerial of the WTO in Cancún approaches, the organisation is in gridlock, announcing the crisis of the globalist project.
- Myriam Vander Stichele Financial Services in GATS. EC Requests and Offer Endanger Financial Stability SOMO, March 2003
- Walden Bello The Road to Cancún: Towards a Movement Strategy for the WTO Ministerial in Cancún Focus on the Global South, 25 February 2003
- Walden Bello From Tokyo with Love Focus on the Global South, 17 February 2003
Walden Bello writes on the Tokyo mini-ministerial of the ongoing
WTO negotiations on agriculture.
- Susan George How GATS Could Affect your Life Red Pepper, January 2003
- Hilary Wainwright A War on Two Fronts Red Pepper, January 2003
- Erik Wesselius Driving the GATS Juggernaut Red Pepper, January 2003
- Walden Bello Soros on Global Governance Reform. Interesting but Disappointing Business World (Philippines), 25 April 2002
Bello critiques George Soros' "Globalization" (New York 2002) and makes the point that you cannot just reform institutions like the IMF, World Bank and the WTO.
- Walden Bello What's Wrong with the Oxfam Campaign? Focus on Trade, April 2002
Bello argues that the problem is not the lack of Southern access to markets of the North, but the free trade-WTO paradigm.
- Susan George Another World is Possible The Nation, January 2002
- Susan George Another World Is Possible Dissent, Winter 2001
- Walden Bello The Meaning of Doha Focus on the Global South, December 2001
TNI was a signatory to several statements against WTO