11th Ministerial, Buenos Aires 2017
Media informationDecember 13, 2017
Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS) Final Statement on MC11: English, Spanish.
Media release (Dec 11, 2017):
Civil Society Protest at the Entrance of the WTO 11th Ministerial in Buenos Aires
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Civil Society / NGO Contacts for MC11 WTO Ministerial Dec 10-13, 2017
Global Civil Society Shares What’s at Stake at MC 11:
- Quote sheet on the rejection of the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”
- Quote sheet: Civil Society Experts Outline What Is Needed to Protect the Development Mandate in Agriculture and Fisheries-Subsidies Negotiations in MC11
- Quote sheet: ‘Investment facilitation for development’ is a Trojan horse for investment rules in WTO, say civil society advocates
- Quote sheet: Public interest legal experts warn of dangers of WTO proposals on e-commerce, domestic regulation disciplines, investment facilitation and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
- Quotes from Civil Society Experts
- Video from the press conference
A Positive Outcome for Development at the MC11 in Argentina?
Video from the side event organized by OWINFS on Sunday, Dec 10.
OWINFS side event:
- Tuesday, December 12, 10:15 – 11.45am: Protecting the Development Mandate in Agriculture and Fisheries-Subsidies negotiations in MC11
Argentine Government Revokes World Trade Organization’s Accreditation of Key Civil Society Organizations, Just Days before Ministerial Conference in Buenos AiresNovember 30, 2017: In an unprecedented action, the Argentine government has revoked the accreditation of 63 civil society experts -- trade unionists, development advocates, digital rights activists, environmentalists, and others -- just days before the 11th Ministerial meeting of the WTO (MC11) in Buenos Aires, advising the WTO that the experts will not be allowed in the country to participate in the meeting. The majority of the rejected organizations work together through the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network.
Follow-up letter to Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO (December 3, 2017)
December 7, 2017: Letter from the European Commission expressing concern and asking for the decision to be reversed.
December 8, 2017: El gobierno de Macri deporta a periodista inglesa crítica de su gestión por haber entregado información de argentinos para Big Data (Sally Burch deported)
December 13, 2017: Open letter on civil society rights
Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTODelivery date: 9 October, 2017
Analysis of key issues for the 11th WTO Ministerial
Rebuttal to “The WTO Investment Facilitation Initiative: Why It Matters” – background note: Investment Facilitation for Development: Opening the doors of the WTO for hard rules on investment
Key Analysis: E-commerce
UNCTAD report: Rising product digitalisation and losing trade competitiveness.
E-signatures and trade: English: pdf.
Key Analysis: Agriculture
Media coverage about the banning of CSOs at the 2017 WTO MinisterialEnglish Language Coverage:
- Argentina blocks some activists from attending WTO meeting, Reuters
- Argentine government blocks at least 20 NGOs from attending WTO ministerial, Inside Trade
- Argentina bans activists from WTO meeting, Financial Times
- Argentina Blocks Some Activists From Attending WTO Meeting, U.S. News & World Report
- https://www.politicopro.com/trade/whiteboard/2017/11/ngos-cry-foul-over-being-barred-from-wto-meeting-175159, Politico Pro
- PR disaster for MC11, as host denies accreditation to many NGOs, Third World Network
- Neoliberal Argentina Bans NGOs From WTO Summit in Last-Minute 'Unprecedented' Move, Telesur
- Civil society group: Argentina denies entry to WTO meeting
- David Parker asked to intervene as WTO cancels NGO registrations, Voxy New Zealand — Points out that DHL, eBay, ICC, WEF etc are still accredited for MC11
- Economics NGO Sector: David Parker asked to intervene as WTO cancels NGO registrations in bizarre lead-up to ministerial, Live News New Zealand
- WTO Ministerial runs into trouble as Argentina turns away registered NGOs, United News of India
- In a bizarre move, Argentina bars NGOs, civil society from attending WTO conference, Down to Earth
- Revocation of NGO registrations in the WTO raises protests against the Argentine Government, Latin America in movement online
- TV interview on the revocation of NGO registrations, theREALnews.com
- Argentina blocks two activists from entry on eve of WTO meet, Telesur
- Las ONGs, en la lista negra de Macri, Pagina 12
- Denuncian que el Gobierno prohibió el ingreso de 64 activistas a la OMC, Perfil
- Presentan en Buenos Aires programa de protestas contra la reunión de la OMC, EFE
- El Gobierno reconoce que prohibió la acreditación de ONGs a la OMC, El Cronista
- Activistas denuncian que se les impide el ingreso al país para cumbre de la OMC, Ambito Financiero, which is Argentina's leading business newspaper
- Activistas dicen que Argentina niega entrada a cumbre OMC, El Nuevo Herald
- Revocación de inscripciones ciudadanas en la OMC levanta protestas frente al Gobierno de Macri, America Latina en movimiento online
- OMC: lanzan Cumbre de los Pueblos y denuncian “papelón internacional” de Macri, Notas
- Escándalo con desacreditaciones: la OMC le echa la culpa a Macri, Notas
- Cumbre OMC: preocupación y protestas desde Europa porque el Gobierno negó el acceso a ONGs, Clarin, which is one of the main newspapers in Argentina; it is generally supportive of the government of Macri.
- El gobierno de Macri deporta a periodista inglesa crítica de su gestión por haber entregado información de argentinos para Big Data, El Disenso
French Language Coverage:
- Des ONG ont été refoulées à la réunion de l'OMC, Tribune de Genève