On Wednesday 2nd November, ahead of the sixth World Trade Organisationís Ministerial Conference taking place in Hong Kong in December, Make Poverty History and the Trade Justice Movement are staging a mass lobby of Parliament to demand that the UK government supports the call to make poverty history by delivering trade justice - not free trade.
The aim of the lobby is to urge the UK government to respect poor countriesí right to choose their own trade policies, to demand that they stop pushing countries to open their economies through policies in the World Trade Organisation that are biased towards rich countries and their corporations, as whilst their policies remain then poverty cannot become history.
The lobby will run through the afternoon of the 2nd November from 12noon to 6.00pm in Westminster, with people forming a queue outside Parliament. This queue will be colour-coded by nation and region to enable constituents to lobby their MP together.
Unfortunately I canít make it to the mass lobby as I am going to be overseas working with The Body Shop on their Stop Violence in the Home campaign, but I will be there in spirit Ė and I appeal to all of my fellow campaigns and activists in the UK to join the lobby.
Topic : Trade Justice Posted By : Anita Roddick Posted On : October 30, 2005
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