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04 Feb, 2013
Liberia Solidarity Group REPORT LAUNCH
Launch of Liberia Solidarity Group's Report: The Free Trade Trap: Are EU policies trading justice for profit?
Date: February 7th, 18.00 - 20.00
Venue: Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27- 31 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
This report will be received by Joe Costello, TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development and launched by Baronness Nuala O'Loan.
Hans Zomer, Dochas
Silas Siakor, Friends of the Earth, Liberia
Jacinta Fay, Liberia Solidarity Group
This report comes ahead of a meeting of EU Development Ministers to discuss major development issues such as the new global development framework. It illustrates the need for trade justice to be a central tenet of this framework and of the EU’s engagement with the Global South.
The report traces the effects of EU trade policies on development in the Global South highlighting how trade liberalisation can entrench poverty, destroy local economies and force local business and industry into a race to the bottom as they seek to compete with powerful transnational corporations.
The report argues that a global trade system must prioritise justice, equity and rights, foster sustainable economies and operate for the benefit of people and the environment. It demonstrates how the Irish Government can use the platform of the Presidency of the EU to champion human rights and social justice in trade and development.
The report is the first initiative of the Liberia Solidarity Group’s Trade Justice campaign entitled ‘Embedding Trade Justice in Development’. This campaign aims to ensure that human rights and ethical relationships are a cornerstone of Ireland’s trade with the South and to raise awareness of and support engagement with EU trade policy issues during Ireland’s presidency of the EU.
Supported by Trocaire's Mobilising for Justice Grants Scheme.
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Baroness Nuala O’Loan is an internationally respected public servant and was the first Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland, serving from 2000 to 2007. In 2008 she was appointed by the Irish Government as its first Roving Ambassador and Special Envoy for Conflict, focusing initially on East Timor. She is the chairperson of the Governing Authority of NUI Maynooth.
Han Zomer is the Director of Dóchas, the Irish national platform of Development NGOs. He previously worked with Concern Worldwide and in Pakistan, Chad and Niger. Dóchas have initiated the ‘World We Want’ campaign to lobby for a strong EU negotiating position going into September’s UN summit to replace the Millennium Development Goals.
Silas Siakor is a campaigner on Community Rights and the founder of the Sustainable Development Institute (Friends of the Earth, Liberia) a national civil society organisation promoting the sustainable and just use of Liberia’s natural resources. Silas has received the Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Environmental and Human Rights Activism from The Alexander Soros Foundation in 2012, the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006 and TIME Magazine chose him as one of the 2008 Heroes of the Environment.
Jacinta Fay is a Masters graduate of community work & youth work at NUI Maynooth. She has previously worked in Liberia for the Sustainable Development Institute. She is currently supporting their international campaign to challenge unsustainable economic development policies such as large scale land acquisition, or 'land grab'. She also works with the Liberia Solidarity Group on their trade justice campaign.
Please click here for the launch flyer.