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The Seattle to Brussels (S2B) Network is a pan-European NGO network campaigning to promote a sustainable, democratic and accountable system of trade that benefits all. The network includes development, environment, human rights, women's and farmers' organisations, as well as research institutes. The S2B network was formed in the aftermath of the WTO's 1999 Seattle Ministerial to challenge the European Union's corporate-driven agenda of continued global trade and investment liberalisation. It has also developed as a response to the increasing need for European coordination among NGOs.

Active groups in the Network are all supporters of the SoS WTO -- Our World Is Not For Sale statement and of the Open Letter to Pascal Lamy. In both these statements groups call on governments to stop a new comprehensive round of trade talks in the WTO, to roll back the power and authority of the WTO and to develop a sustainable, socially just and democratically accountable trade system.

Many of the groups involved in this publication were at an international campaign meeting and press conference on GATS held in Geneva in March 2001. This was attended by civil society organisations representing 30 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Many are signatories to the campaign statement Stop the GATS Attack!, launched in March 2001.

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