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New globalisation ideas at Austrian Alpbach Forum

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, on 30 August took part in a debate about ideas for fairer globalisation in the Austrian state of Tyrol.

Closing the European Forum Alpbach, Mr Barroso called for a united Europe “which speaks with one voice”, which will have the power to establish rules for fair worldwide trade. “We need more Europe, not less, to remain relevant in the talks about urgent issues like climate change”, said Mr. Barroso.

The session was about the role of the international community in re-defining development goals after 2015 in areas such as climate change, food and nutrition security, education and youth. Collaboration between the EU and the United Nations was also to be a topic of the session.

Also present was Austrian President Heinz Fischer, who recalled that peace is a condition for fair globalisation and therefore he opposed any military strikes without consent of the United Nations.

The President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, who also took part in the session, said that Africa should export less raw materials but finished products which would create more jobs. President Kikwete said that if Africa is denied a fair share in global trade, the pressure to migrate to Europe would rise.

The European Forum Alpbach is a forum of discussion for key global actors from governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations. For more information on the European Forum Alpbach 2013, and to see more photos of the event, click here.



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