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Ref: I-074207
Date: 05/09/2012

Ref: I-071700
Date: 28/11/2011

Ref: I-041150
Date: 26/11/2002

Ref: I-038143
Date: 20/11/2001

Ref: I-035919
Date: 14/05/2001

Ref: I-041752
Date: 04/02/2003

Ref: I-003872
Date: 13/03/1995
UN World Summit for Social Development
From 6 to 12 March 1995, the United Nations World Summit for Social Development was held in Copenhagen. It was the first world forum, at head of state and government level, to tackle socialdevelopment. The central themes were poverty, employment and preventing social exclusion. Jacques Santer, President of the EC, addressed the Heads of State and Government on 12 March 1995. He emphasized the importance that the European Union attached to the social aspects of development and the global nature of these issues in an ever more interdependent world. This was the first speech made by a President of the EC, to to Heads of State or Government at a United Nations conference. Pádraig Flynn, Member of the EC in charge of Employment and Social Affairs and the Relations with the Economic and Social Committee, was present at the ministerial meeting where he spoke on various aspects of social policy in the Community. 182 countries participated to the Summit. They agreed to strengthen the international framework for social development by: making observance of human rights part of the development process; gradually extending the ILO conventions on the fundamental social rights of workers; adding a social dimension to the adjustment programmes of theIMF and the World Bank; making more effective use of development aid and refocusing it onthe social sector; establishing a dialogue between the various international bodies workingin the development field. However, the summit highlighted significant cultural and religious differences, especially on the subject of women's rights, democracy, education and health policies.

Ref: I-041744
Date: 03/02/2003

Ref: I-029349
Date: 03/12/1999
3rd WTO ministerial conference in Seattle, 30/11-03/12/99
The role of Seattle was not only that of deciding "yes" or "no" to the Millennium Round, but also concerned the conditions of that "yes". The danger was that an apparent success that may have jeopardised: the planet's future (in the absence of ecological standards), human dignity (with the lack of minimum social rules), bio-diversity (with the absence of "precautionary principles" regarding genetically modified products), and to crown it all European civilisation (in the absence of the recognition multifunctional role of agriculture).The postponement is by far preferable to such a mutilated agreement. Preferable not only for Europe but for the world as a whole, including the many developing countries that - for reasons that are not always clear - continue to demand free access for all to the European market for their agricultural products, without acknowledging three truths. Mono-culture for exports distances the poor countries from efforts towards an agriculture that produces for their own populations, rendering them forever dependent of multinationals and the "food weapon" that the United States uses widely as instrument of political domination; the European market(less than 6% of the world's population) will never resolve the problem of the surplus production of the whole world; the total opening of EU borders would mean the end of European agriculture, which is, on the contrary, increasingly indispensable to combat hunger in the world. If the world food strategy, with its incommensurable challenges, resides in the opening up of a small market that already has a surplus, the future is not rosy.

Ref: I-035025
Date: 20/04/2001

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