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G20 Mobilization - Meeting

Good afternoon,

There will be a meeting in Ottawa on the 16th of August at 1 Nicholas St.,
Suite 1200, at 18:00 (6 PM) to organize the Ottawa G20 Mobilisation.

We are a group of people who would like to get as many people in Ottawa to
go to Montréal for the G20 Meeting on October 24th and 25th and participate
in the protest/shutdown to express our discontent with the total lack of
democracy within the framework of the G20 and the total lack of care for
people and the planet expressed through the decisions and actions inspired
by the neo-liberal agenda which finds its able hands through organization as
the G20.

As one can read from the official G20 website <http://www.g20.org/> 


On September 25, 1999 in Washington, D.C., the finance ministers of the
Group of Seven (G-7) leading industrialized nations announced the creation
of the Group of Twenty (G-20). This new international forum of finance
ministers and central bank governors represents 19 countries, the European
Union and the Bretton Woods* Institutions (the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and the World Bank). 

The creation of the G-20 fulfills the commitment by G-7 leaders at the June
1999 Summit at Köln "...to establish an informal mechanism for dialogue
among systemically important countries within the framework of the Bretton
Woods* institutional system."

Mandate of the G-20

The G-20 will promote discussion, and will study and review policy issues
among industrialized countries and emerging markets with a view to promoting
international financial stability.


The G-20 will complement the activities of other international

The inclusion of the President of the World Bank, the Managing Director of
the IMF and the Chairpersons of the International Monetary and Financial
Committee and the Development Committee will ensure that the G-20 process is
well integrated with the activities of these institutions.  

*Bretton Woods Conference, popular name of the 1944 United Nations Monetary
and Financial Conference that took place at Bretton Woods, a vacation resort
in New Hampshire. The conference resulted in the creation of the
International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction
and Development.
			<Encyclopedia Britanica Online>

We believe that the very framework of the Bretton Woods Institutions is at
the heart of the destructive neo-liberal capitalist globalization. Because
of this, the G20 is yet another tool to implement the same program that
benefits a few to the expense of the many as well as the planet as a whole.

We would appreciate anyone and everyone that wants to join with us and the
thousands of people in Montréal and elsewhere organizing and expressing
direct democracy on the streets of Montréal at the end of October and
throughout this process of education and mobilization.

Enjoy this day

Guillaume Bélanger
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