Focus on the G7 billion not the G20, says Occupy appeal

By agency reporter
November 3, 2011

As G20 leaders meet in Cannes, Occupy London Stock Exchange has appealed for a unified global statement of the movement's grievances and goals.

At the group's General Assembly on 2 November 2011 – at St Paul’s Churchyard just by the London Stock Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral – some 500 people unanimously ratified a call for global dialogue.

The short, four point statement, which is being sent to occupations around the world and the G20 Counter Summit, criticises the current global system for creating inequality and environmental destruction. It calls for a new system which is democratic, just and sustainable, putting people before profit.

Ragnhild Dale, who was involved in the drafting of the statement, said, “We reject the G20 as a valid forum for decision making. It is unjust, unaccountable, lacks transparency and continues to promote a global economic system that is fundamentally unsustainable. We want to create real dialogue and debate, which isn’t happening at the G20. We invite everyone to join us in creating a global statement that reflects the combined voices of the 99 per cent who aren’t at the G20, so that we can realise real change.”

Jamie Arad, supporter of OccupyLSX, added, “We ask questions that the G20 will never ask, such as why are decisions that affect 7 billion people made by a powerful elite behind closed doors? Why do we rely on a global economic system based on infinite growth when we know that the world’s resources are finite? Why do we assume the G20 can be trusted to put people and sustainable living before profits and corporate interests?”

The 'global dialogue' statement reads as follows:

* Our global system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust, driven by profit in the interest of the few.
* An economic system based on infinite growth, but which relies on finite resources, is leading humanity and the environment to destruction. As long as this system remains in place, people of the world continue to suffer from an increasingly unfair share of income and wealth.
* We seek a global system that is democratic, just and sustainable. The world’s resources must not go to the military or corporate profit, but instead go towards caring for people’s needs: water, food, housing, education, health, community.
* An international, global collaboration has started, and is working on a statement that will unite the occupy movements across the world in their struggle for an alternative that is focused on and originates from people and their environment.

New banners have been installed outside St Paul's Cathedral highlighting this call for action. They read: ‘Real Democracy Now’ and “Not G20, the G7billion”.

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