These supplementary notes aim to help identify some of the website presenters in brief. Some have been provided by the presenters themselves, others have been drawn or collated from the sites. No responsibility is taken for their veracity.
Abyz News Links (Calgary, Canada) is a portal to online news sources from around the world. It is primarily composed of [English-language] newspapers but also includes many broadcast stations, internet services, magazines, and press agencies. There are three main criteria for inclusion of a news source on this site. Firstly, the source must have actual news content. Secondly, it must be reasonably professional in nature. Thirdly, it should have fairly recently updated content.
Action for Community and Ecology in the Rainforests of Central America (ACERCA) is a working project of the Alliance for Global Justice and a member of the Native Forest Network. ACERCA sprang from the necessity of filling a gap left when groups such as the Environmental Project on Central America (EPOCA) disbanded in the early 1990's. We emerged out of the pressing need for international response to the environmental and human rights abuses occur ring in the Central American region. We are a collective of activists, organizers, researchers, advisors, interns, and volunteers, who together develop strategies and implement ideas. We have been focused on southern Mexico and Nicaragua, having been asked by the peoples of those regions to become involved.
Agribusiness Association of Australia. Members are professionals and executives from all sectors of the agribusiness "value chain" - the production and production inputs sector, manufacturing and value adding, retail \ wholesale grocery sector, education, government policy and the finance and consulting sectors.
Alliance for Childhood (USA/International) is a partnership of individuals and organizations committed to fostering and respecting each child's inherent right to a healthy, developmentally appropriate childhood. The fundamental beliefs and concerns are: Childhood is a critical phase of life and must be protected to be fully experienced. It should not be hurried. Each child deserves respect as an individual. Each needs help in developing his or her own unique capacities and in finding ways to weave them into a healthy social fabric.
Alliance for Democracy (USA). Mission statement: to free all people from corporate domination of politics, economics, the environment, culture and information; to establish true democracy; and to create a just society with a sustainable, equitable economy. A new Populist movement --- not a political party --- setting forth to end the domination of our economy, our government, our culture, our media and the environment by large corporations. Founded in 1996 at a meeting in Texas with delegates from 30 states, the Alliance has an inclusive, nonviolent platform of populism, committed to the equal importance of every person, no matter the person's race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, politics, or nation of origin. Currently claiming 2500 members in 55 regional alliances.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has 21 members. It was established in 1989 by twelve founding members, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. In Nov 1991 were added Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong (known as 'Hong Kong, China' since 1 July 1997) and Chinese Taipei. Later members are Mexico and Papua New Guinea (Nov 1993), Chile (Nov 1994), Peru, Russia and Vietnam (Nov 1998).
Observer status: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) --former South Pacific Forum.
Association for Progressive Communications (APC) "The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights, development and protection of the environment, through the strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including the internet." The association embodies representatives of North and South countries and was granted Category One Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1995.
Bank Information Centre (BIC) (USA) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides information and strategic support to NGOs and social movements throughout the world on the projects, policies and practices of the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). BIC advocates for greater transparency, accountability and citizen participation at the MDBs.
Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD, Paris). Located at the HQ of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), BASD is a commercial and investment network professing an interest in sustainable development and aiming to influence outcomes of the Rio and Johannesburg summits on climate control. BASD is a joint initiative of the ICC and the World Business Council for Social Development (WBCSD). Its International Steering Committee is chaired by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart who is also a member of the UN's Global Compact Advisory Council.
Cairns Group of 18 agricultural exporting countries was formed in 1986 to influence agricultural negotiations within the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Members: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Fiji, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay. Annual ministerial meetings chaired by Australia.
Canadian Foundation for the Americas (Foundation canadienne pour les Ameriques (FOCAL)). Created in 1989, FOCAL presents itself as an independent, civil society NGO. It receives funding from the Canadian government (DFAIT and CIDA), the OAS and the private sector. Its board of directors includes representatives of General Electric, Scotiabank and the office of the Prime Minister. This useful site includes various publications on the FTAA and hemispheric integration. Under the guise of "objectivity", FOCAL is a chief Canadian proponent of the FTAA process. FOCAL has an affiliation with the SOAC in Florida. --assessment by Jaggi Singh for the Independent Research Collective (IRC), Montreal.
Centre for Economic and Policy Research CEPR (Washington DC, USA) conducts both professional research and public education. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies. The public education portion of CEPRs mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. An informed public should be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world. The goal of CEPR is ensure that the citizenry has the information and analysis that allows it to act effectively in the public interest. CEPR was formed in November of 1999. Its founding scholars include Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, co-directors of CEPR, and Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts. There is a board of directors (information) which includes Prof. Walden Bello, Director, Focus on the Global South.
Centre for Public Integrity (Public i) in Washington DC, USA, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt educational organization undertaking a mission to provide the American public with the findings of its investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability, and ethics-related issues via books, reports and newsletters. The Center was founded by Charles Lewis in 1990. Perceiving that "Money dictates how lawmakers are elected, who has access to them, and the career paths they choose after leaving government", the Center seeks to expose abuses of the public trust--and has been called a "watchdog in the corridors of power" by National Journal.
Citizen Works, founded by Ralph Nader and based in Washington DC, USA, maintains that "people-powered democracy, not corporate rule, is the only way to create a sustainable and just society". Its mission statement is that "Citizen Works, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, strengthens citizen participation in power. We give people the tools and opportunities to build democracy."
Club of Budapest International, The was founded in 1993 by Prof Ervin Laszlo, systems philosopher and member of the Club of Rome, and. was launched in May 1996 at an international conference in Budapest, where Yehudi Menuhin opened the meetings by conducting the Hungarian symphony orchestra, and addressed the meeting in company with Peter Ustinov and other eminent personalities.The founders argued that the enormous challenges to humanity can only be dealt with through the development of a cultural and cosmopolitan consciousness.The project Planetary Vision Festival 2001 aimed to develop 'a consciousness that can create a new vision for all humankind at this crucial time - a United Humanity living in Harmony with Nature!'
COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) was formally launched in Oct 2000 following a pragmatic transformation in 1994 of the Preferential Trade Area for eastern and Southern Africa (PTA). Presently, COMESA has a membership of 21 states, namely Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
CONFEUNASSC - CNC, Ecuador - Confederación Única Nacional de Afiliados al Seguro Social Campesino Coordinadora Nacional Campesino. Farmers' movement which played an important role in the uprising in January 2000, involving many different social movements. They are currently also People's Global Action (PGA) convenors together with 3 other organisations in Latin America.
Postal Address: José Palomino 267 y Rita Lecumberry, Tola Baja, Quito, Ecuador. Fax: (593 2) 580-169
Co-op America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address today's social and environmental problems. While many environmental organizations choose to fight important political and legal battles, Co-op America is the leading force in educating and empowering our nation's people and businesses to make significant improvements through the economic system.
Corner House, The (UK), affiliated with the International Consortium for Alternative Academic Publication (ICAAP), aims to support the growth of a vibrant, democratic, equitable and non-discriminatory civil society in which communities have control over the resources and decisions which affect their lives and means of livelihood, and have the right to define themselves rather than being defined by others.
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) in Amsterdam is a research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.
Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS), established in 1983, is a leading social action group in India, working simultaneously at the grassroot, national, regional and international levels by pursuing social justice and economic equity within and across borders. It is represented in several Government of India policy bodies: National Road Safety Council, Technical Committee on Ecomark and the Expert Group on Trade and Competition Policy of the Ministry of Commerce. Internationally, CUTS serves on the Consumer International's Global Policy and Campaigns Committee on Economic issues and the Executive Board of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva. It is accredited to the UNCSD and UNCTAD.
Countercurrents.org, based in Kerala, India, is a voluntary non-profit alternative news medium which commenced online on 27 Mar 2002. "Our sympathies are with all those who are engaged in struggles for economic, political, social, cultural, gender, environmental .. justice. Our aim is to strengthen all these movements. Our conviction is that the driving force of social change is these small counter movements and struggles!
CovertAction is a website of The Institute for Media Analysis, Inc., New York, which was established in 1986 with the primary purpose of providing to the public educational materials relating to the workings of government and of the media, and in particular the relations between the two. IMA is a tax-exempt non-profit organization; its directors are Ellen Ray, William H. Schaap, Edward S. Herman, and William Preston, Jr.
Crude Operators - An Oil Reader. These pages of Corporate Watch (UK) are the result of co-operation between Platform UK Resources, Corporate Watch (UK) and Hydrocarbons Ltd. The main body of material comes out of a conference, Crude Operators - a gathering to understand and challenge the oil industry - which took place on 10th and 11th May 1997; whilst other sections of this publication cover the period between the gathering and January 1999.
Davos - Correspondence on WEF 2000 from A-Infos archive:
Direct Democracy TV (USA) declares: "In December of 1999, America became aware of a organization called The World Trade Organization. This group of people who were never elected to public office, has the power to cancel laws that they feel are not in their best interest while not considering the best interests of the population as a whole. The corporation money flowing into government and the World Trade Organization has once again put us in the position where we have to decide if we are to "alter or to abolish" government as we know it. To this end Direct Democracy TV has been established as a debate forum on television where citizens can debate issues and all viewers can vote on the debated issue by email or phone call in. If this electronic democracy is to be the new form of government we are to live by, or if there is another new form of government to be established, we can not say. This is for the people to decide; but Direct Democracy TV has been established as a forum so that the people can debate this issue."
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