10 September 2003
Get the DATA on Cancun
In Cancun, Mexico, today, the World Trade Organisation meets to make
potentially crucial decisions for the people of Africa.
Ministers of trade from the 146 countries of the World Trade Organization
will be at the five day meeting. Campaigners argue that African countries
not only need debt relief and more assistance to fight AIDS, they also need
fair international trade rules which allow them to earn their own cash, so
they can pay for their own health care and education - instead of relying on
support from wealthy countries.
Get the lowdown on why reforming the global trading system is so important
for the people of Africa by visiting the DATA
Bono is one of several musicians who have thrown their weight behind the
Trade Justice Movement.
'This is not about charity.' he says. 'Like debt cancellation, this is
about justice. The Trade Justice Movement is putting politicians to the test
- millions of Africans' livelihoods depend on their response.'
The Big Noise is an internet based campaign to persuade governments to
create a global trading environment that works for the poorest countries.
Initiated by the relief and development agency Oxfam, it is supported by
several high profile bands including Coldplay and Radiohead.
'The world's leaders won't act unless they hear enough people telling them.'
explains Bono. 'And every day they fail to act, thousands of people die
because they can't afford the basics of survival. That's why I'm adding my
voice to the Big Noise."
Read what else he has to say, and who else is adding their voice to the Big
Noise, here www.maketradefair.com