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.
INFORMACTION (Australia) is a free, automated lobbying service created for environment activists. The site includes a database of politicians, organisations and corporations relevant to (currently) Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, UK and USA. Template letters are provided on a variety of environmental subjects.. Use them unchanged, rewrite it in your own words or start afresh with your own subject matter. State your complaint, provide supporting evidence, suggest action that should be taken. Send it direct by email or fax --or, for greatest effect, print it out, sign it and post it.
Institute for Global Communications (IGC Internet, USA) is a projected funded by Tides Foundation and has since 1987 pioneered internet networking involving progressive organizations and individuals for peace, justice, economic opportunity, human rights, democracy and environmental sustainability. "IGC shares the vision to actively promote change toward a healthy society, one which is founded on principals of social justice, broadly shared economic opportunity, a robust democratic process, and sustainable environmental practices. We believe healthy societies rely fundamentally on respect for individual rights, the vitality of communities, and a celebration of diversity."
Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (Minneapolis, USA). The IATP promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy. Aims to build just and democratic institutions to govern trade, protect family farmers, promote a sustainable approach to agriculture, revitalize rural economies, and fight genetically engineered crops.
Institute of Science in Society (ISIS), UK: Science must be responsible to civil society, and hence independent of commercial interests or government control. The science that society supports must not be contrary to the interests of society. Science has the obligation to help make the world sustainable, equitable and life-enhancing for all its inhabitants. Science must not set itself apart from society, it should be fully integrated in society and consonant with its highest moral values. Only then can science adequately serve society.
International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT) --UK, was formed in 1989, following a conference of alternative trading organizations in The Netherlands. Since the mid-1970s, thirty or so ATOs worldwide had been regularly meeting for mutual support and exchange of ideas. By the mid-1980s, it became clear that there was an important role to be played by ATOs in a world where the chasm between rich and poor, both between and within countries, was widening alarmingly. By then, the combined effects of the debt crisis and plummeting commodity prices were biting deep into the communities from whom the ATOs were buying. Because of the close working relationship with producer and marketing organizations, ATOs have been in a good position to see the effect of these international crises at grassroots. There was a growing need to strengthen the ATOs to cooperate on an international level, to lobby on international issues, and to become more influential on the international stage. Since 1989 IFAT has grown steadily as a global network with Southern organisations starting to join after the first biennial conference in Ireland in 1991, and now representing over 2/3 of membership. IFAT, which is facilitated by a full-time secretariat in the UK, and an elected committee of five, is the only global grouping of ATOs which represents both North and South. Its day to day work is funded entirely though member fees.
International Forum on Globalization--IFG (San Francisco, USA) is an alliance of sixty leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization. Representing over 60 organizations in 25 countries, the International Forum on Globalization associates come together out of a shared concern that the world's corporate and political leadership is undertaking a restructuring of global politics and economics that may prove as historically significant as any event since the Industrial Revolution. This restructuring is happening at tremendous speed, with little public disclosure of the profound consequences affecting democracy, human welfare, local economies, and the natural world. Directors in Nov 1999 included Jerry Mander (president), John Cavanagh (also President of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC), Dr. Vandana Shiva, (Research Institute for Science, Technology and Ecology) and Dr. Martin Khor (President of the Third World Network in Malaysia).
IPS Inter Press Service (Rome/International ), is a professional provider of information on global issues, backed by a network of journalists in more than 100 countries, with satellite communication links to 1,200 outlets. IPS focuses its news coverage on the events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations. Structured as a worldwide non-profit association of journalists and others in the field of communication, it claims to have no national or political base, and pursues the objective of equal gender representation and balanced representation of ethnic diversity and geographical distribution. Its Board of Directors is elected every three years. IPS is dedicated to promoting democratic participation in social, economic and political life, the full involvement of the countries of the South in international policy-making and the full empowerment of women in the development process. In addition, IPS promotes a global communication strategy that aims to bring together civil society, policy-makers at national and international level and the media. The United Nations has recognised IPS's status as an international non-governmental organisation by granting it Category I NGO consultative status at ECOSOC, one of 42 international organisations enjoying such a reputation.
International Tax and Investment Organisation (ITIO) exists to help small and developing economies respond to global tax and investment challenges. Aims "to give SDEs a more powerful, unified voice and reduce the danger of being treated like second-class global citizens by organisations such as the OECD". Members (at Dec 01) were Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Malaysia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Turks & Caicos Islands and Vanuatu. The Commonwealth Secretariat, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and CARICOM Secretariat have been granted formal observer status.
Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1958 as a joint venture between the Israeli Government and the private sector to promote exports. Currently represents virtually the entire industrial community in Israel. The Institute operates in most countries through Israel's embassies and commercial and economic attachés, liaising with diplomatic and commercial representatives in Israel as well as with international trade promotion organizations. Governed by a board of directors representing export companies and economic organizations, primarily from the private sector.
LINKS (Australia) is a journal to promote international exchange of information, experience of struggle, theoretical analysis and views of political strategy and tactics within the international left. It claims to be a pluralistic forum for open and constructive dialogue between active socialists coming from different political traditions, and for those in the international left who are opposed to neo-liberal economic and social policies. Its promoter, the Democratic Socialist Party, is a Trotskyite youth group which also publishes the Green Left Weekly and organises and/or participates in left-oriented antiglobalist actions.
Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (MS), Denmark, is an NGO combining development assistance with political lobbying and grassroot activism. MS has about 5000 individual and 100 institutional members - many active in almost 80 MS groups nationwide divided into seven MS regions.
MOVIMENT GRAFFITTI (Malta) is active against oppression and/or exploitation of people, animals and the environment; With a vision of socialism, freedom and radical democracy.
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