Public Eye on Davos 2003
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Conference Program 2003  (30.10.02)
THE PUBLIC EYE ON DAVOS 2003

International Conference
Davos/Switzerland, 23-27 January 2003


At the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the international NGO-coalition* „The Public Eye on Davos“ organises an independant conference in Davos. NGO experts, academics and political representatives from the global North and South will provide a critical analysis of corporate-driven globalization and present alternatives towards more equitable and sustainable world economic policies.
The conference is open and free to the public.

Venue:
Hugo Richter hall, next to the Dutch Asthma Clinic, Scalettastrasse 19, Davos
(close to the Congress Center, where the Annual Meeting of the WEF takes place)


Conference Program::

Thursday, 23 January
Oskar Lafontaine
13.00-14.00:
Keynote speech (in German; with simultaneous translation to English)
Oskar Lafontaine, former Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of
Germany



   Speech of Oskar Lafontaine in German   (49 KB)
   Summary of the Speech in English   (13 KB)
Hans Engelberts, Generalsekretär der internationalen Gewerkschaft für öffentliche Dienste, Frankreic
14.30-16.30:
Corporate accountability: binding rules for big business
Multinationals act globally. That’s why we need international binding rules of accountability to ensure bad practices by big business are dealt with. This panel will explore the calls for international binding corporate accountability and address what actions governments should be taking to respond to bad business practices and ensure good practices are the norm.
  Meena Raman, director SAM/Friends of the Earth Malaysia
  Hans Engelberts, General Secretary of Public Services International, France
  David Petrasek, Amnesty International, UK
  Moderator: Matt Phillips, Friends of the Earth EWNI, UK

Panel organized by: Friends of the Earth EWNI

   Panel Summary: Corporate accountability: binding rules for big business   (14 KB)
Friday, 24 January
Ganesh Nochur, Kampagnendirektor Greenpeace Indien am Public Eye-Panel "Die PR-Strategien von Konzer
14.30-16.30:
Corporate PR strategies
Resistance to the neoliberal project of corporations and the one-sided economic globalization they promote is growing. Transnational corporations invest in expensive image campaigns, so-called “greenwashing”, to divert public interest from their dubious social and environmental achievements. So for instance oil companies advertise their (presumed) ecological conscience, and thereby obscure their contribution to global warming. The WEF also offers a welcome PR platform to its members. Under the WEF motto “Committed to improving the state of the world”, corporations can present themselves as concerned and problem solving enterprises.
  Peter Eigen, Chairman Transparency International, Germany
  Ganesh Nochur, campaigns director Greenpeace India
  Isabela Figueroa, Rainforest Foundation, USA
  Irene Khan, Secretary-General Amnesty International, UK
  Kenny Bruno, Earth Rights International, USA
  Moderator: Laura Miller, PR Watch, USA

Panel organized by: Berne Declaration, Switzerland

   Panel summary: Corporate PR strategies   (14 KB)
   Conference Summary 24 January 2003   (12 KB)
Saturday, 25 January
Demonstration against the WEF, organized by the Olten Alliance. Therefore, no panels are scheduled at the Public Eye.

Sunday, 26 January
Antonio Tricarico, Kampagne für Weltbank-Reform, Italien am "Public Eye"-Panel "Die Baku-Tbilisi-Cey
10.00-12.00:
The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline
The planned oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey will be operated by BP. It is provoking serious concerns for its potential to wreck environmental damage, foster conflict and corruption, and disrupt local livelihoods. Local communities haven’t been adequately consulted and thoroughly informed, and the environmental hazards of the pipeline haven’t been considered. Local communities and international NGOs will discuss these problems and how BP has failed to "build trust".
  Kety Gujaraidze, Green Alternative for the Georgian Republic
  Antonio Tricarico, Reform the World Bank Campaign, Italy
  Simon Taylor, Director, Global Witness, UK
(- Lord Browne, CEO BP has been invited but declined participation)
  Moderator: Paul de Clerck, Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands

Panel organized by: Friends of the Earth USA/Netherlands

   Pannel Summary: The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline   (12 KB)
Doris Schüepp, Generalsekretärin der Gewerkschaft VPOD
14.30-16.30:
Impacts of globalization on Switzerland: Cutbacks in public services? (in German)
Negotiations are underway in the World Trade Organisation to open up public services for private companies. Public services previously provided by governments, such as health and education for example, are under pressure. State owned institutions and companies are being privatised and required to make a profit. In Switzerland, post services are threatened, particularly in remote mountain areas. This discussion will reveal the connection between these developments at the national level and international negotiations, and discuss possibilities for resisting the erosion of public services.
  Hildegard Faessler, Member of Parliament, Social Democratic Party
  Daniel Lampart, President of Economic Affairs Committee of the Green Party
  Doris Schüepp, Secretary-General of the Swiss Union for Public Services
  Moderator: Marianne Hochuli, Berne Declaration

Panel organized by: Berne Declaration, Switzerland

   Panel: Impacts of globalization on Switzerland: Cutbacks in public services?   (12 KB)
Beitrag von Magda Barros Biavaschi und Marcelo Lucca, Botschafter des Weltsozialforums, Porto Alegre
17.30-18.30:
Window to the World Social Forum (WSF)
Video presentation and update by Magda Barros Biavaschi and Marcelo Lucca, ambassadors of the WSF, Porto Alegre, Brazil

organized by: Berne Declaration, Switzerland

   The suppression of Law as a primary source of rights: times of regression?   (52 KB)
   The silent counter-revolution in labor relations   (10 KB)
Monday, 27 January

10.00-12.00:
Globalization and labour rights
One feature of the globalization process has been that northern corporations move their production into development countries. There, production costs are cheaper because wages are lower and regulations for the protection of workers are often nonexistent. In particular the textile industry has many examples of child labor, hunger wages and union bans. In the discussion, activists and affected workers will confront Nike with the situation in its subcontractor factories, particularly in South East Asia.
  (Phil Knight, CEO Nike, USA had been invited, but declined participation)
  Tim Connor, NikeWatch campaign, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad Australia
  Yeheskiel Prabowo, FSPTSK union (representing PT Doson factory workers), Indonesia
  Ida Mustari, worker with PT Doson factory, Indonesia
  Moderator: Regula Renschler, Radio DRS, Switzerland

Panel organized by: Berne Declaration, Switzerland

* “The Public Eye on Davos” is a joint project of the following NGOs:
Coordination: Berne Declaration (Switzerland)
Pro Natura (Swiss member of FoEI), Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), Asociacion Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promocion (Costa Rica), Corporate Europe Observatory (Netherlands), Focus on the Global South (Thailand), International South Group Network (Zimbabwe), ), Tebtebba Foundation (Philippines), World Development Movement (UK), Women in Development Europe (Belgium).



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