WTO MC11: Keeping the people out, big business in: Page 2 of 2
a Green Room meeting to discuss domestic support and the permanent solution to public stockholding programs for food security, according to TWN Info Service sources. This runs contrary to the oft-repeated promise of open-ended meetings and no-closed door sessions at the WTO. Ministerial conferences are supposedly a venue for countries to decide through “consensus”, but past ministerial conferences have shown that there is lack of democracy and transparency as results are negotiated through by-invitation-only “Green Room discussions”.
The WTO and the Argentine government cannot keep the people out of MC11, where people’s lives, livelihoods, resources and rights are being negotiated to benefit big business and the elite of developed countries. Protests marked the opening and first day of negotiations, as people in Argentina and elsewhere in the world took to the streets and social media to call for junking of the WTO. ###