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Public hearing on the World Bank
2007-08-28 10:56:13 - by

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TheWorld Bank Campaign Europe is organizing a Peoples Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 October 2007. In this framework, they are looking for artists to produce a map based on the different testimonies (see highlighted paragraph below). Interested? Reply to this message and leave your coordinates or drop a mail to nicolas AT constantvzw.com

Event

The World Bank Campaign Europe is preparing a Public Hearing in cooperation with the Permanent Peoples’ against the World Bank, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 October 2007 - a week before the annual meetings of the World Bank.

Witnesses from all Southern continents will give testimony of the impacts of World Bank policies and practices, especially in the areas of conditionalities and/or extractive industries. Well-known and respected experts will listen to testimonies from all parts of the world about the impact of World Bank financing. The witnesses will answer questions from the experts as well as the audience. In the evening, the expert panel would convene to draft a declaration to be presented the next morning in a press conference. There will be a live video streamlining for the entire event.

People for the expert panel will be Maartje van Putten(currently AfDB inspection panel member, Netherlands), Emil Salim (EIR Eminent Person, Indonesia), Elmar Altvater (economist, Germany), Francesco Martone (Senator, Italy). We are also inviting Susan George and Medha Patkar.

As witnesses we invited Gustavo Salgado(President of Nicaraguan National Consumer’s Network) on electricity privatisation (tbc), Miguel Palacin (President of Peru’s Mine Affected Communities and CONAI Indigenous Network) on policy conditions related to mining, a speaker from Ghana or Mali on the impact of water/cotton sector liberalisation (tbc), Michael Karipko (campaign officer of Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria) on West African Gas Pipeline, a speaker from Kazachstan on Kashagan Pipeline (tbc).

The hearing will focus on the impact of the economic conditionalities and fossil fuel project financing. The expert panel will listen to testimonies from all parts of the world about the impact of World Bank financing. The witnesses will answer questions from the experts as well as the audience and present accompanying images. The expert panel will convene at the end of the day to draft a declaration on the basis of what they heard. The declaration will be presented with specific demands to the World Bank and European governments at a press conference the following morning Oct 16.


Co-operation with artists

We would like to involve mapping artists who would get information about the different testimonies beforehand and would develop maps reflecting the content. This could be presented between the testimonies. It could also be interesting to have an extra space for a map that could be created by the artists and the audience together - if possible. That were the ideas that came up in our meetings and I would be very happy to exchange about these and other ideas.

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