Beyond the Barricades: An FTAA Sustainable Development Agenda - Executive Summary

By IISD, IUCN, UNEP, Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Maria Leichner (eds.) on March 24, 2004
This executive summary sums up the book of the same name -- a collaborative effort supported by IISD, IUCN (The World Conservation Union) and the United Nations Environment Programme. Its genesis was the 2001 Quebec City Ministerial meeting of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Beyond the barricades in Quebec City, and other trade decision making forums, a constructive agenda was and is being developed on trade and sustainability issues in the Americas. "Beyond the Barricades" reflects that agenda through the diverse perspectives and the rich expertise on environment and development issues of governments, businesses and civil society organisations in the Western Hemisphere.

The book, published by Kumarian Press, includes views, policy options and research results from all across the Americas. It takes a critical yet constructive approach, providing concrete, practical case studies of lessons learned and experiences in the region. This book is timely; negotiations are proceeding for an FTAA covering 800 million people and nearly a third of world's economic output. It aims to help readers better understand the key issues as they become ever more prominent in the media, the current talks and future negotiations.

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, 2004