Archive for March, 2008
International Preparation Meeting about the Lake Toyako G8 Summit
8 March, 2008 in Tokyo
Kurihara Yasushi from the Executive Office asked everyone to give their views and opinions regarding the G8.
The G8 Action Network is an open network composed of individuals and organizations who are questioning the G8 Summit itself. The Network is constructing a framework for exchange of information, designed to support many events and activities against the Summit.
Nations joining the G8 account for only 14% of the world’s population. Also, the G8 Summit is an informal meeting that does not comply with the procedures as requested by international laws. However, what is agreed there defines the movement of the world. For these reasons, we consider the G8 Summit undemocratic.
It was also pointed out that the policies carried out by the G8 are based on neo-liberalism. This is a world view holding that free trade or market liberalization could maximize profits and benefits for people. Neo-liberal proposals by the G8 have brought about many problems around the world to date.
Ogura Toshimaru from People’s Plan Study Group made a presentation about Japan’s government and its G8 activities at Lake Toyako in Hokkaido. He noted that Japan has selected global climate change and environmental problems as principal subjects for the meeting. At the same time, the government has been pushing hard to maintain the road taxes, a revenue source that continues the usual destruction of the environment. In this way, it is clearly putting forward a deceptive proposition for the G8 Summit.
Shimozawa Takashi from JANIC made a presentation about the G8 Summit NGO Forum. Even though environmental issues are at the center, he pointed out that so far, 114 NGOs are participating in the NGO Forum, which was started in January 2007. They have divided their activities into three groups: environment, poverty and human rights. It is their goal to respond to each official communique and have regular meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They also intend to participate in the April, 2008 Sherpa meeting to explain the opinions of the NGOs. There will also be a Tanabata Campaign from April to July, as well as an alternative summit in Hokkaido immediately before the G8 Summit.
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Resisting Free Trade, Militarism and Fighting for Real Solutions to Climate ChangeThe G8 Summit will be held July 7-9, 2008 in Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan. This will be a culmination of a series of ministerial preparation meeting beginning in March.
The G8 Action Network, a network of various Japanese organizations and movements, called on all social movements, peasant organizations, women, migrants, urban and rural poor, fisherfolks and civil society from all over the world who are resisting free trade in its many forms, war and militarism, the privatization of essential services and natural resources, illegitimate debt and the domination of global finance, and fighting for and building real people based solutions to global warming, to come and join us in the week of action against the G8 here in Japan.
The G8 Action Network invited activists and concerned citizens to Japan and join in our international preparatory meeting from March 7-11, 2008.
March 7, 16:00: Press conference at Parliamentarian building
March 8-9: International Coordination Meeting & G8 Seminar
March 9: evening, Move to Hokkaido by plane
March 10-11: Activities in Hokkaido
Contact: Yasuaki Yamaura, Consumers Union of Japan
Photos (left): Indra Lubis, Via Campesina, Yasuaki Yamaura, CUJ, Lee Chang-geun, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions; (center) Assembly meeting in Tokyo; (right) Kim Ae-hwa, Committee for Asian Women
Other groups that participated included Focus on the Global South, Jubilee South, Migrant Forum in Asia, Attac, and People’s Forum.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Call to Action Against the G8 )