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News

11 September 2014

The European Commission has today rejected a proposal from an alliance of European campaigners to hold a ‘European Citizens' Initiative’ against the EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals, known as TTIP and CETA. This decision prevents citizens from forcing the Commission to review its policy on the deals and to hold a hearing in the European parliament.

11 September 2014

The World Development Movement and War on Want have branded a trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the EU as ‘a threat to democracy’. They have joined trade unions and other campaigners to call on business secretary Vince Cable to remove a controversial clause from the deal which will give Canadian companies new powers to sue the British government.

12 August 2014

As Philip Morris threatens to sue the UK for £11 billion over plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes, the World Development Movement has warned that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would make such cases more common and less open to public scrutiny.

6 August 2014

Coca-Cola has announced it will join a scheme, financed by the UK, US and other governments, which claims it will lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty, but which critics including the World Development Movement say puts profit before poverty reduction.

24 July 2014

Campaigners claimed today that David Cameron was trying to ‘face two ways at once’ with his promise that the government would buy more British food on the one hand, and his support of an EU-US free trade deal on the other.

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Events

Saturday 20 and Sunday 28 September, Edinburgh and Glasgow

Family friendly animation about plant-loving Aunt Hilda vs the corporation behind a new super-plant, claiming to end world hunger

Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 September, Edinburgh and Glasgow

Documentary about a march across India by landless farmers in 2012, demanding land rights

Sunday October 5, Edinburgh

After the referendum, let’s continue the debate about fairness, equality and power here in Scotland and globally. An open space discussion for everyone about opportunities for change in Scotland and the world.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.The Climate

The event will be introduced by Dame Vivienne Westwood, designer, activist and founder of Climate Revolution. As part of COIN's climate conversations series from across the political spectrum. 

16-17 October, Glasgow

WDM's director Nick Dearden will be speaking at Nourish Scotland's debate and conference looking at what climate change, GMO crops, land grabs, and globalisation mean for farmers in India, Malawi and the Caribbean and how to increase food sovereignty.

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Blog

16 September 2014

As the big decision on Scottish independence draws close, thoughts are turning to what comes next - whatever the outcome. 

15 September 2014

It is with great sadness that we have today learned of the death of our good friend and benefactor Jim Dobbin MP.
On behalf of the Rochdale World Development Movement I would like to record an appreciation of the life of Jim Dobbin, and to extend our sympathy and prayers to his wife Pat and their 4 children.

Jim was a founding member of our Rochdale Group, and his support, since then, discreet but none-the-less effective, locally, nationally and internationally, has never waned.  Indeed, his encouragement and guidance have sustained our group through some difficult times.

9 September 2014

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade


9 September 2014

Dear Secretary of State,
Re: The inclusion of ISDS in Canada trade agreement

On 25 September the European Commission and the Canadian government are planning to initial the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at an event in Ottawa, Canada. The text for this trade deal includes a proposal for an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause.

9 September 2014

African farmers' ability to freely save and trade their seeds is under increasing threat from powerful seeds companies and a variety of complex new laws.


3 September 2014

WDM activists who took part in the successful campaign to tackle food speculation may well remember the name of Sharon Bowles MEP, a Liberal Democrat who chaired the European Parliament's economic affairs committee. In a shocking revolving doors case, she has now joined the financial sector.

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