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Global Greens Congress 2001 - Positive Globalisation, Oil Companies and People's Decisions

Submitted by: French language workshop, Rio+10 International Workshop, 12—13 April 2001;
African delegates (Cameroun, Mali, Benin), Australia, Colombia, France, Italy
Proposed amendment submitted by India, Australia, not supported
Agreed, 16 April 2001

Global Greens, during their first world conference in Canberra, resolved to send a strong protest message to President Bush’s administration that rejection of the Kyoto treaty is not acceptable.

In order not to fall into the trap of eco-technocracy, the Global Greens decided to draw up the settings of a political utopia in the long term, and short-term achievable and observable objectives.

The Global Greens will

· enforce an International Green Tribunal to start addressing oil issues;

· enforce the setting up of a judicial institution to judge crimes against the environment with the same clout as for crimes against humanity;

· enforce the creation of a World Environmental Organisation to facilitate federation of the means of preserving the ecosystem and to point out the current political structural dysfunction in the UN institutions, OMS, UNESCO etc;

· act to make the WTO submit to the international laws of the United Nations;

· use the new awareness of the movement against global liberalisation to make alliances and propose possible campaigns at international level;

· make sure that technological innovations favouring sustainable development have their places on the production lines and in the commercial process;

· enforce the re-allocation of money from weaponry to social and environmental projects;

· actively fight against structural adjustment plans and make it a condition on any project or reduction of debt that a process to reduce poverty and restore the environment be implemented;

· enact the Tobin tax in the same spirit;

· work towards developing international, national and local structural mechanisms to hold multi-national corporations (MNCs) accountable and responsible for their destructive actions in most African and South Asian countries;

· ensure that all human and environmental rights abuses by MNCs and governments, both illegitimate and legitimate, are publicly displayed; · work on a program of short, medium and long term actions on ‘humanity’s common heritages’ (water, earth, air, public amenities, woodlands and forests, non-renewable energy), whilst removing these resources from the commercial process.

In the short term, the Global Greens conference supports targeted strategic actions against multinational oil companies (such as Exxon-Mobil, Esso, Total-Elf). A common global campaign will make our organisation more visible for international public opinion. Thus we will show our will to simultaneously save the climate (in order to save life), save the economy from speculation and introduce equality between North and South. This campaign will focus on companies that are today creating most damage, democratically, socially and ecologically: the oil companies. To make this campaign successful, the Global Greens call on all like-minded community organisations, all civil rights organisations such as those that started to mobilise in Seattle and Porto Alegre, any people aware of the need to respect the environment, social and human rights and democracy, to join the campaign, embodied by an international public tribunal against these companies (such as the so-called Russel’s tribunal) at the Johannesburg conference.

Switzerland. Too many demands put into one resolution which have not been sufficiently elaborated.

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