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Economy, Social Cohesion and the Environment

Berlin meeting of the SI Committee on the Economy, Social Cohesion and the Environment

15-16 September 2000

Meeting in the regional parliament in Berlin on 15-16 September, hosted by the Social Democratic Party, SPD, the Socialist International Committee on the Economy, Social Cohesion and the Environment set forward its plan of activities

The meeting, chaired by Christoph Zöpel, Chair of the Committee, had as its main theme "Political responsibility in a global society: the social democratic approach to the economy, social cohesion and the environment". Mike Moore, Director General of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, Kari Tapiola, Executive Director of the Standards and Fundamental Principles at Work Sector of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, and Erkki Tuomioja, Foreign Minister of Finland, were among the introductory speakers on the main theme.

Tapiola commented, "Up to the end of the Cold War the international labour market which was relatively open, was in fact limited to the first world of industrialised countries. Now today working people in the first, second and third world are increasingly in a situation of direct competition with one another. Fortunes are created and destroyed by intensified competiton".

Moore added: "We ought to celebrate the fact that the peace and prosperity that are enjoyed in most of the planet were not the result of doing nothing but the result of far-sighted policymakers, heroes who worked in the parliaments, in the streets, in the trade unions, in the political parties and I think we on the left have a lot to be proud of".

"It was the left and progressive people who built the welfare state, it was the left and progressive people who have always struggled and battled for those who are marginalised, sick, old or left out."

The Committee agreed to focus its work, with an emphasis on equal opportunities and participation for women and men, poor and rich, developing, transitional and developed countries, on the following themes: Economic Policy and Globalisation: Growth, Equity and Social Justice; Ecology: Safeguarding the Global Heritage; Human Security as a Challenge for Governance; Bridges across the Digital Gap: The Role of Education in the 21st Century; The Quest for Identity in a World without Borders; Above and Below the Nation-State: The Role of Regional Integration and Subregional and Local Communities in a System of Governance in a Global Society; Governance in a Global Society - the Reform of the International Institutions - Participation of Citizens, Democratic Parties and Parliaments.

Other issues discussed included the future work of its two Working Groups on the World Trade Organisation and the Kyoto Agreement and the Committee agreed on a framework for future meetings and activities. The Committee will next be convened in Morocco at the end of February 2001.

List of participants



Chair of the Committee
Christoph Zöpel
(Germany, SPD)

Secretary General of the SI
Luis Ayala

Socialist Party, SPA
Arben Malaj

Social Democratic Party of Austria, SPÖ

Albrecht Konecny

Socialist Party, PS
Hervé Parmentier

Dominican Revolutionary Party, PRD

Iván Reyes

Finnish Social Democratic Party, SDP

Erkki Tuomioja
(Chair, Working Group on WTO)
Tarja Kantola

Socialist Party, PS

Tristan Klein

Social Democratic Party of Germany, SDP

Ursula Burchard
Reinhard Schultz
Mickael Müller
Achim Post
Wolfgang Weege
Ralf Sitte

Panhellenic Socialist Movement, PASOK

Irene Lambraki

Israel Labour Party, ILP

Israel Gat

Democratic Action Party, DAP

Lim Kit Siang

Party of Democratic Revolution, PRD

Ifigenia Martínez Hernández
Juan José García Ochoa

Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI

Ildefonso Guajardo

Norwegian Labour Party, DNA
Kathrine Raadim


Hanni Al-Hassan
Yussef Al-Beiyisa

Socialist Party, PS

Maria João Rodrigues

Socialist Party, PS

Papa Amath Dieng

Party of the Democratic Left, SDL

Martin Sobek

African National Congress, ANC

Cheslyn Mostert

Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, PSOE

Germá Bel

Swedish Social Democratic Party, SAP

Lotta Fogde

Constitutional Democratic Assembly, RCD

Hachmi Amri

Republican People’s Party, CHP

Murat Karayalcin

Socialist International Women, SIW
Pia Locatelli

Parliamentary Group of the PES
Erika Mann

SI Secretariat
Latifa Perry
Sophie Thérouanne


Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Mike Moore

Executive Director of the Standards and Fundamental Principles at
Work Sector of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Kari Tapiola


Other activities

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