Global Crisis, G20, and alternative policies…

G20 and Global Crisis: A System Change and the Building of a Global Order Based on Equity, Social and Climate Justice Are Imperative, says the International Coalition on G-20 (Mexico, D.F., March 27, 2012) – The International Coalition on G-20, through the voice of its representatives from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greace, Peru, who gathered in Mexico to attend the International Forum “Global Crisis, G20 and Policy Alternatives”, express to national and international public opinion, in close synergy with the Mexican Coalition on G20 and the SouthCalifornian Coalition on G20, that:

• The so-called group of 20 (G-20) is the privileged instrument of the international centres of power used to shape the United Nations system and the universal membership
institutions with the objective of taking away from the international community the right to discuss global problems and to kidnap that discussion for the purposes of processing it in this “informal” forum where decisions are taken for the benefit of the 1% of humanity.

• The G-20 talks about global governance but refuses to strongly control and regulate the financial sector whose ambition of profits without limits has caused the actual crisis. Any proposal of a new governance should be oriented to guarantee the rights and welfare of the peoples, the defense of ecological systems and the commons, and not simply to stabilize the current system profiting a handful of powerful groups

• The G-20 confronts the crisis from the same paradigms and orientations that drove us into crisis in the first place. The people should not be the ones to pay for the costs of a crisis that they did not cause. • The G-20 foments the imposition of severe programs of stabilization and structural adjustment with negative consequences for civil economic, social, cultural and environmental rights, as all Mexicans well know, as they have suffered for thirty years under these types of programs directed by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other international financial institutions. The financial system will not be saved through draconian adjustments, with a high degree
of speculation in order to pay off the debt but which leads to unemployment for millions of workers and cancels or cuts social rights, that we will be able to get out of this economic and political crisis. The debts should be audited with citizensʼ participation and illegitimate debts should be cancelled.

• The G-20 excessively promotes growth without limits, calling it now “green growth”, which
is an attempt not only against the right of the ecologyʼs well-being and of the peoplesʼ natural resources, but also against the rights of nature, the sustainability of the planet and with it the existence of humanity itself. The G-20 should not generate an adverse situation allowing for convenient and binding agreements to be arrived at during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 and during the COPs. 2 All the above outlines the far-reaching agenda items that we commit ourselves to look at collectively, from the perspective of social movements and civil society organizations, which a are quite different from the superficial priorities proposed by the Mexican government under its pro tempore G20 presidency mandate. The International Coalition on G20 proposes other priorities:

• An international financial architecture that eliminates speculative activity and the current international profiteering system. A financial system that is at the service both of the productive economy and of the interests of the people. We oppose the financialization of raw resources, of food and of biodiversity, which is an ethically deplorable practice given the hunger that millions of people face and the ruin into which millions of small rural producers have been forced. Our slogan is “Peoples First, Not Finance!”. • To tackle the actual crisis with measures that generate productive employment with labour rights which include union freedom and autonomy in compliance with International Labour Organization (ILO) standards and better salaries; that articulate and consolidate the internal and regional markets; that lead to fair socio-economic development that is dignified and sustainable with active participation of the workers and of the people – with no punitive ʻadjustmentsʼ which could threaten the rights of those who did not cause this crisis but are its victims.

• To confront the food and climate crises with a new agricultural model oriented towards guaranteeing food security and sovereignty, free from genetic modification, which puts first peasantsʼ food production and agroecology. It is imperative to guarantee the right to
food when facing a threat without precedent that is coming about not only because of climate change but also due to the speculative growth in international prices through trading on the stock market.

• To eliminate fiscal havens and capital flight and for that purpose we support initiatives to “tax the financial sector, including a tax on financial transactions to create a social fund for development” and we call for a fiscal reform with equity and transparency.

• We propose to recover peoplesʼ sovereignty in defining sovereign economic, financial and exchange policies, in a responsible manner built on international solidarity and on regional integration processes. We can no longer continue thinking about unlimited growth, time has arrived to redistribute wealth. We have to fundamentally rethink the systems and the standards of production and consumption for living well and not solely for accumulating wealth.
Thanks to the dynamism of large international networks, like the global network Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS), the Hemispheric Social Alliance, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, the bilateral network European Union – Latin America, la Vía campesina, Latindadd, the international movement of women, among others, the International Coalition on G20 has been building itself since 2008, accompanying national processes of resistance and social change against the G20 Summits, in particular in Pittsburg (USA), Toronto (Canada), Seoul (South Korea), Cannes (France). 3 As the next G20 Summit will be held in June 2012 in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, the International Coalition on G20 will closely accompany the Mexican and SouthCalifornian Coalitionsʼ plan of actions, along the more than 120 Mexican social organisations that these coalitions regroup. On the road towards the G20 summit, international participation will be fostered in a diversity of local, national and international events, as well as during the Week of Action on G20 from June 12 to 19, 2012, in Mexico City and in the city of La Paz, Baja California Sur.

The International Coalition on G20 stands for a strong articulation between the awarenessbuilding processes on G20, the lobbying efforts on the political and economic elite that promotes the salvage of a world system that has failed to work for the majorities, and the organization of strong mobilizations so that the voice of peoples can be heard.

WE INVITE Citizens, workers, campesinos, indigenous and original peoples, womenʼs organizations, small and large businesses from Mexico and the world, to join this effort of international articulation for a drastic system change and the building of a sustainable economic model that works for the peoples and foments a dignified life for all, in harmony with nature. Everyone to unite their voice for the transformation and democratization of the United Nations system, where 195 sovereign nations can express their sovereignty and be listened to. The UN as a universal membership body, with all its multilateral constituencies, needs to be a strong space for governability and global peace, in which world matters can be debated so to prevent them from being kidnapped by informal groups of powerful and rich nations. Everyone to join the voices of the large and diverse movement of the Indignados and of the Occupy, of the Arab Spring and Middle East democratizing expressions, thus supporting the
demands of the ʻ99%ʼ against the intolerable privileges given to the ʻ1%ʼ. All, in a plural and convergent manner, to organize activities on G-20 in a diversity of countries and inside Mexico, and participate in the Week of Action on G20 from June 12 to 19, 2012, in Mexico.

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