[mgj-discuss] Media Release - G8 Environment Ministers sell out
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April 12, 2002
For immediate release
G8 Environment Ministers sell out to global trade agenda
Ottawa, The Council of Canadians released today a leaked copy of the G8
Environment Ministers proposed final statement on the World Summit on
Sustainable Development (WSSD).
Environment ministers from the eight leading industrialized countries (the
G8) are meeting in Banff, Alberta this weekend in preparation for the G8
first ministers meeting (June 26 - 27th) and the WSSD in Johannesburg, South
Africa (August 26th to September 4, 2002).
The leaked document clearly outlines how the environment ministers are going
to be supporting the corporate trade agenda of the WTO and forcing this onto
countries around the world at the WSSD. The main focus that runs throughout
the document is the need to link sustainable development" to globalization.
For example, the document says, "It [the WSSD] should be a point of
convergence for the positive outcomes achieved at the Millennium Summit in
New York, World Trade Organization negotiations in Doha and Financing for
Development Conference in Monterrey."
"It is pathetic to see that the G8 environment ministers are planning to
subordinate the world's environment to corporate globalization," said Maude
Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians. "The world's environmental crisis
is mounting and all they can commit to is more of the same globalization
that is causing the environmental crisis."
"Every time trade agreements address environmental issues, the environment
loses out," says David Robbins, Trade Campaigner for the Council of
Canadians. "This is a very bad sign for the future of the planet. The G8 is
working, through the Quad of the WTO, to limit governments' ability to
protect the environment."
"In reality, the G8 functions as the executive of the WTO and they clearly
want to make sure that environmental issues are not going to limit corporate
profits," added Robbins. At the WTO negotiations in Doha, the G8 countries
successfully pushed for water and environmental services to be commodified
and controlled by corporations.
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