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This week, several social movements and organizations from different parts of the world will meet in Brussels, Belgium, to hold activities parallel to a new European Union (EU) – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit on June 10-11.
Real World Radio interviewed Lucia Ortiz, Economic Justice – Resisting Neoliberalism Program Coordinator of Friends of the Earth International, which will be present in Brussels.
There are several elements that make it especially interesting for social movements to be present in Brussels this week. The agenda around the struggle to dismantle corporate power and expose corporate abuses against local communities and human rights, and to warn about the serious threats posed by several trade agreements under negotiation will be on the table.
The European Parliament is expected to decide on June 10 in Strasbourg, France, whether it will advance on the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US. In addition, the EU-CELAC meeting can be important for the interests of MERCOSUR and the EU to advance on the negotiation of a free trade agreement, which has been taking place for years.
And on top of it all, the Intergovernmental Working Group mandated by the UN Human Rights Council will hold its first session on July 6-9, aiming to establish binding regulations for transnational corporations on human rights.
The Treaty Alliance, that gathers the organizations that have been supporting this process, will host a week of mobilization in Geneva (See: http://www.treatymovement.com/). And for this reason, the groups will take advantage of Brussels this week to advance on the preparations.
Real World Radio interviewed Lucia Ortiz about these issues and more.
Imagen: Friends of the Earth International
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