Robin Broad at TripleCrisis <a href=”http://triplecrisis.com/the-wto-papal-conclave/”>asks why we know more about who is Pope</a> than about who holds the highest office in the World Trade Organization, the most powerful contemporary global institution, i.e., the instrument of global oligarchy that we have instead of a democratic world government.
If you are like most people I surveyed, you know more about the selection of the pope than that of the WTO head. And, even if you do know some of the WTO candidates, you probably don’t have much of a sense of who, if anyone, might be a better candidate for those of us who care about economic governance that balances social, environmental, and economic issues.
in terms of the WTO, civil-society groups are not much involved, not even to the extent of rallying against the worst candidates.
Right now, we’re not hearing much from any candidate on these broader issues – be they environmental, social, or economic. Indeed, it appears that the campaign process involves going around the globe and speaking to the World Economic Forum, chambers of commerce, and other business groups. One after another, the candidates are assuring such groups that they will do their utmost to reach out to the private sector and to get the long-deliberated and long-stalled Doha Round done.
And, no, the WTO Nine are not coming to a civil-society group near you. As far as I can tell, nobody on the WTO Nine is currently talking about how to deal with labor or other human rights issues, or how to reconfigure the Committee on Trade and Environment so that it actually offers sage advice on protecting (yes, protecting) the environment (versus the CTE’s current Alice-in-Wonderland focus on making sure that environment does not in any way interfere with the free flow of goods and services).