Magazine article New Internationalist

Cancun or Bust

Magazine article New Internationalist

Cancun or Bust

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There were those who feared that the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg last September would mark not two steps forward towards saving the earth, but three steps back. Green campaigners fought long and hard against the subordination of global environmental agreements - such as those on endangered species and toxic waste won at previous Earth Summits - to free-trade rules under the auspices of the World Trade Organization. This would effectively have allowed the gutting of multilateral environmental agreements that corporate interests deemed `barriers to trade'. So there were sighs of relief all round when international environmental law was apparently saved from the free-trade chainsaw by the removal of references to `WTO consistency' in the Johannesburg declaration. But Victor Menotti, director of the International Forum on Globalization's Environment Program, has some bad news. …

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