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Symposium 2012

Who benefits from the Free Trade Agreements?
Maison des associations, 1-3th of November 2012

   
Maison des associations, 15 rue des Savoises, Geneva
Room Gandhi
 

Admission for 3 days: 50 CHF (50% discount for students, unemployed, retired people, and members of trade unions supporting the event)
It is preferable to subscribe for the 3 day event.

If it is not possible, admission per day (no discount): Thursday: 15 CHF, Friday: 25 CHF and Saturday: 25 CHF

 
  Information or registration for the Symposium (by email)
 
 
Program
Thursday 1st of November  

Welcome and registration

19:00

 

OPENING CONFERENCE

20:00 - 22:15

Opening of the symposium with Sandrine Salerno, Administrative Counsellor of the Townhall of Geneva (City of Geneva)

Speakers:
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and their implications on economy, national sovereignty, human rights and environment

Rémy Herrera (Economist CNRS)

A picture of the FTAs agreed with Switzerland

Patrick Durisch (Bern Declaration)

The main advantages for Switzerland to sign FTAs

His Excellency the Ambassardor Didier Chambovey (Federal Council Delegate to bilateral agreements)

 
 
Friday the 2nd of November

FTAs AND IMPACTS ON AGRICULTURAL AND MINING DOMAINS

14:00-18:00

Speakers:
India : to what extent FTAS's prevent seeds from circulating and being freely exchanged?

Shalini Bhutani (Lawyer and member of the Forum working on the issue of trade agreements and investment treaties in India)

Colombia : Contribution from indigineous people and civil society representatives

Jesus J. Chavez Yondapiz (Consejo Regional Indigena del Cauca) and José Antonio Gutierrez (La Marcha patriotica representative in Irlande)

Do FTAs promote human right advancement and economic development in the Global South?

Carlos Sommaruga, MP, on his way back from an official mission trip to Colombia

 

SOME LESSONS FROM PREVIOUS FTAs: A NAFTA ASSESSMENT

19:30-22:30

Speakers:
NAFTA : Balance sheet of the economic and social impact in Mexico

Alfredo Calcagno, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies (UNCTAD)

Canada/USA : what impacts on jobs, after the NATFA's signature

Dave Bleakney (Trade unionist Canadian Postal Service)

NAFTA: sweetshop and gender violence: is neoliberalism responsible for?

Elvia Arriola (Northern Illinois University)

 
 
Saturday the 3rd of November

FTAs FROM A TRADE UNION PERSPECTIVE

10:00-12:30

Speakers:
Colombia: FTAs impacts on trade union rights

Cesar Luque Fandino (CUT Colombia)

FTAs impacts on the Western countries

Alexandre Mariethoz (Solidar)

 

CLOSING CONFERENCE: ALTERNATIVES TO FTAs

14:00-17:00

Speakers:
The campaign against ratification of FTAs EU/Colombia and EU/Peru

Vincent Valles (OIDHACO)

International Investment Tribunal and the way to free for them: Juridical options for the people

Renaud Vivien (CADTM)

Resistance is vivid! Alternative from the Global South

Fanny Simon (AITEC)