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A Report On The Roundtable Discussion On The WTO And The Indigenous Peoples And Minorities

In the 26 years of the World Trade Organization, its neoliberal framework has raised people’s resistance for tilting towards the interests of the big corporations, few global economic elites, leading to destroyed livelihoods and the environment.

And in time when the world tries to recoup from a health and economic crisis, the call amplifies to establish a new global trade order and development paradigm.

How does WTO’s trade agenda impact Indigenous Peoples rights, lands, livelihood and resources? What are the manifestations of intergovernmental and local trade policies to ethnic and rural communities?

The roundtable discussion last May 28 aimed to unpack these issues and articulate the Indigenous Peoples stand in pushing for a people’s trade agenda.

The dialogue is part of the People Over Profit’s (PoP) campaign in advancing a people’s trade agenda and envisioning A Future Without the WTO. The International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), a member of the PoP, organized this event and gathered its members, networks and partners.

A short campaign briefing was led by Noel Colina of PoP and JC Navera of Ibon International sharing on the A Future Without the WTO campaign, and developments on the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) (12 to 17 June) at WTO headquarters in Geneva.

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The dialogue and consultation was attended by organizations including Ibon International, Indigenous Youth Front of the Archipelago in Indonesia, SCODE from Vietnam, Merdeka West Papua Support Network, Bangladesh Indigenous Women’s Network, ILPS Commission 10, and indigenous peoples from Naga, Northeast India; Toraja, Indonesia; and the Philippines.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT AND KEY INPUT DOCUMENTS AND VIDEO TESTIMONIES: https://www.ipmsdl.org/campaign/indigenous-peoples-for-a-future-without-the-wto/

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