UN conference was convened to find new ways of dealing with the global financial and economic crises and give voice to those most affected by them. But the rich countries have opposed any real change, and the result is an anemic UN document.
Civil society groups and global social movements gathering at the UN summit on the global economic crisis have denounced rich industrialized countries’ insistence on pushing forward unbalanced trade talks, misnamed “free trade”, as likely to exacerbate an already serious economic and social crisis.
Some Key Points for Member Groups of the Our World Is Not For Sale Network [OWINFS] at the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, June 22-24, 2009.
Speech delivered at the Conference on the Global Crisis sponsored by Die Linke Party and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, March 20-21, 2009. Week after week, we see the global economy contracting at a pace worse than predicted by the gloomiest analysts.
"All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems in every age of the world to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind," said Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations. Either we learn to keep the market but eliminate the rapacity and environmental destructiveness of globalised capitalism or it will destroy us.