Week of Global Action Against Debt and IFIs 2008

September 2008

We urge you all to join the Week of Global Action against Debt and International Financial Institutions – a week of various forms of citizen’s actions and mobilizations worldwide from October 12 to 19, 2008.

Download the call (PDF)

The Week includes many special dates:

October 12 – Continental day of resistance to colonialism and neocolonial neoliberalism (Americas)
October 13 – Day of Action against Debt, IFIs and Climate Change
October 14 – Day of Action against IFIs, Debt and Privatization
October 15 – Day of action for Debt Repudiation (anniversary of the death of Thomas Sankara, ex-president of Burkina Faso who called for debt repudiation just before his assassination)
October 16 – Day of Action for Food Sovereignty
October 17 – Day of Action against Poverty 

Together let us challenge and confront northern governments, international banks, transnational companies, and multilateral institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, and WTO to take responsibility for debt domination and illegitimate debt.

Let us also demand past and present governments and government officials in the South to be accountable for their role in the debt problem.  Let us declare our readiness to stand in solidarity with those who choose to repudiate illegitimate debt. 

Let us pursue alternative and responsible financial relations, principles and standards to stop the re-accumulation of illegitimate debt.  These will involve major changes in international and national structures, processes and policies towards the establishment of equitable and just economic, financial and political relations.

Initial Conveners:
Global and Regional entities:
Jubilee South, CADTM International Network, Southern Peoples’ Alliance of Ecological Debt Creditors, Oilwatch South America, Jubilee South/Americas, Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development/JS Asia and Pacific, Hemispheric Social Alliance (Americas)

National and locally-based entities:
Observatori del Deute en la Globalizació (Cataluña, Estado español), Irish Coalition on Debt and Development, Jubilee USA Network, Dialogue 2000 (Argentina), Jubilee South Network Brazil, Brazil Network on International Financial Institutions

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