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Christian leaders demand change in international trade rules

13 April 2005

Appeal of the global campaign "Trade for people, not people for trade",13 April, 2005

A petition signed by over 265 Christian leaders from all over the world was handedto WTO director for external relations, Mr Alain Frank, by an ecumenical delegationin a meeting on 13 April, 2005, at the WTO Geneva headquarters.The text of the appeal of the global campaign "Trade for people, not people fortrade" is as follows:

As religious leaders and faith-based organizations, we join our voices to the
thousands of individuals around the world in stating:

We believe that trade must promote human well-being, sustainable communities
and economic justice, and that governments must be able to set trade
policies to safeguard the rights of all people, especially those living in poverty.

We demand that our government and the governments of the world change
the international rules and practices that govern trade so that they give priority
to human rights and protection of the environment, and contribute to
the eradication of poverty.

In particular, we call for trade rules and practices which ensure:

• The right to food for all people;

• Access to water, education, health care, and information on an equitablebasis;

• The regulation of transnational corporations.