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PROVISIONAL SYNTHESIS FORUM FOR THE CROSS-EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS FOR A RESPONSIBLE, UNITED AND PLURAL WORLD

GLOBAL CROSS-SYNTHESIS: 30 PROPOSALS FOR AN ALTERNATIVE WORLD MODEL



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6. SYNTHÈSE TRANSVERSALE GLOBALE : 30 PROPOSITIONS POUR UN MODELE GLOBAL ALTERNATIF

 

I Preparation of a New Theoretical Paradigm

 

II Constructing World Governance

 

III Promoting Globally Sustainable Development

 

IV Global Solution to the Problem of Foreign Debt

 

V Fair Trade Development

 

VI Developing and Defending Culture as a Basis for Change

 

VII Education for a Sustainable Economy of Solidarity

 

VIII Evaluation of Women’s Work

 

IX Social Money for an Economy of Solidarity

 

X Need for a Political Project

   

6. GLOBAL CROSS-SYNTHESIS: 30 PROPOSALS FOR AN ALTERNATIVE WORLD MODEL

IV. Global Solution to the Problem of Foreign Debt

11. Illegitimate debts should be clearly defined and legally recognized. Ille-gitimate debt should be defined as:

  • Debt that violates human rights, or the payment of which would have a negative impact on the population,
  • Debt created by illegitimate debtors or creditors acting in an illegal manner,
  • Debt established for illegitimate purposes, such as the debt derived from the cold war,
  • Debt created illegitimately. This includes private debts that become public debts,
  • All debt that is created to re-finance the above. (13.11.)

12. Establish indicators that measure the ecological and social debt and in-clude them in international conferences about debt. Redefine the concept of humane development and develop new indicators that take into account the conservation of the environment, social sustainability, and non-discrimination of people and the effects of negative externalities. (08.06.)

V. Fair Trade Development

13. Encourage the circulation of information and communication between all the actors involved in Fair trade. It is important to compensate for the delay experienced by marginalized producers and regions in attaining the infra-structures that allow access to information, and which also allows them to use the contemporary means of communication, notably the new informa-tion and communication technologies. Consumers are an essential point of support for Fair Trade. They also have a right to full and open information. (09.03.)

14. The setting up of local, regional, national and international platforms to enable the synergies, communication and networking of actors and Fair Trade experiences to take place at these different levels. In particular, the objectives of these platforms will be to strengthen and assess the impact of activities whilst taking into account the various objectives of Fair Trade. (09.05.)

15. Develop the collaboration and similarities between the Organic Agricul-ture movement (farmers and consumers) and the Fair trade movement. So-cial criteria must be taken into account for organic labelling, and environ-mental criteria in Fair Trade labelling. The dialogue between certification agencies of the two movements could articulate the environmental and so-cial standards, and avoid costly duplication in their work. But this conver-gence must be done with the involvement of all the actors concerned (pro-ducers, consumers, citizens, etc.). The distribution of products is also an area where common actions must be set up. (09.06.)

16. Define and fight for a satisfactory legal statute for Fair Trade products.
This statute should be developed through a wide debate with civil society and governments. It is important to define precise criteria that will allow forms of Fair Trade to be distinguished from conventional forms, but also recognising the diversity of practices. (09.11.)

17. The actors of Fair Trade must promote the integration of the standards and criteria that they have defined for Fair Trade circuits, in all economic ex-change. To do this, they must concentrate on alliances with consumers, the media, business and other actors. They will begin discussions with civil soci-ety and with governments. Therefore, together they should continually monitor discussions within the World Trade Organisation and inform citizens of the implications; those that concern investment accords, conditions at-tached by international finance institutions and negotiations about existing or projected free trade zones. (09.12.)

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