Geneva, 23 September 2003. As the discussion on the summit declaration goes on, a number of civil society deloegates and activists yesterday and today voiced their concern over the latest draft. It is interesting to notice the different means by which this is done. The usual approach is the traditional lobbying - speaking to people in the lobbies and hallways and over a coffee. The European Union today chose a more formal way: It let a civil society representative speak in front of all EU delegates before their coordination meeting. This has even led them to invite the European civil society delegates for a whole hour tomorrow morning.
The Civil Society Content and Themes Group had organised a press conference this morning. They told the numerous reporters about their plans for the alternative declaration and the still small hope that the essential concerns of civil society can still make their way into the newest drafts.
Other activists have been more direct. Yesterday and today, a flyer was seen all over the conference building that very simply shows the general mood in Geneva. It shows a tunnel made of square brackets, cleary reflecting the technocratic tunnel vision and the bureaucratic bracketing and negotiation process. Today, worldsummit2003.org received an electronic version of it. We are proud to have it here at your pleasure. Feel free to reuse it!