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Posted on on October 29th, 2010
by Pincas Jawetz (

The SOUTH BULLETIN, published by South Center: 29 October 2010 (Issue 51)

Some Key Issues Missing From G20 Agenda.

The South Centre is an intergovernmental organization ( a South IGO) of developing countries established by an Intergovernmental Agreement (Treaty) which came into force on 31 July 1995 with its headquarters in Geneva.

The South Centre has grown out of the work and experience of the South Commission and its follow-up mechanism, and from recognition of the need for enhanced South-South co-operation. The Report of the South Commission — emphasized that the South is not well organized at the global level and has thus not been effective in mobilizing its considerable combined expertise and experience, nor its bargaining power.

The South Centre is therefore intended to meet the need for analysis of development problems and experience, as well as to provide intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action, particularly in the international arena.

Martin Khor, is  the Geneva based Executive Director of South Center and Editor of South Bulletin. He was born in Malaysia and is the former Director of the Third World Network which is based in Penang, Malaysia.

He is also a member of the UN Secretary-General Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements since 1997, and a member of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s National Committee on Multilateral Trade Issues in Malaysia. He has been Vice-Chair of the Working Group of Experts on the Right to Development under the UN Commission on Human Rights and took part in the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy.


This issue of South Bulletin focuses on the key issues in the international monetary system, many of which are missing from the agenda of the G20 which will hold a Summit in November.

Three articles deal with the need to reform the IMF and the global financial systems.

Other articles deal with recent emerging issues in the global economy – the currency chaos, volatile capital flows, and a new protectionism in the U.S.

The Bulletin also reports on:

  • The slow progress in the UNFCCC climate talks in Tianjin, China;

  • The South Centre’s conference and Board meeting in China;

  • Impact of the global economic crisis on LDCs; and

  • Yasuni initiative to leave oil in the ground to fight climate change

We hope this issue of South Bulletin is useful to you and we look forward to your comments and feedback – With best wishes writes Martin Khor.

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