Third World Network (TWN) is an independent non-profit international
research and advocacy organisation involved in issues relating
to development, developing countries and North-South affairs.
TWN was formed in November 1984 in Penang,
at the concluding session of an International Conference on
"The Third World: Development or Crisis?" organised
by the Consumers' Association of Penang and attended by over
a hundred participants from 21 countries. At this conference,
TWN was formed to especially strengthen cooperation among development
and environment groups in the South.
Its mission is to bring about a greater articulation of the
needs and rights of peoples in the South, a fair distribution
of world resources, and forms of development which are ecologically
sustainable and fulfill human needs.
TWNs objectives are to deepen the understanding
of the development dilemmas and challenges facing developing
countries and to contribute to policy changes in pursuit of
just, equitable and ecologically sustainable development.
To achieve these objectives TWN conducts
research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining
to the South; publishes books and magazines; organises and participates
in conferences, seminars and workshops; and provides a platform
representing broadly Third World interests and perspectives
at international fora such as United Nations agencies, conferences
and processes, WTO , the World Bank and IMF.
The TWN website contains information on economics,
environment and other issues from a development perspective.
There is also a dedicated website for biosafety,
finance and development
free trade agreements. Selected Mandarin Chinese translations
of TWN's web materials are available at http://twnchinese.net.
Secretariat is in Penang (Malaysia) with offices in Kuala Lumpur
(Malaysia) and Geneva (Switzerland). There are researchers based
in Beijing, Delhi, Jakarta, Manila and New York. The Latin America
Regional Secretariat is located in Montevideo (Uruguay) and
the African Regional Secretariat is in Accra (Ghana).
Third World Resurgence
a monthly magazine on development, ecology, economics, health,
alternatives and South-North relations.
Third World Economics
a bi-monthly economics magazine focussing on the GATT/WTO, the
World Bank/IMF, etc.
SUNS bulletin the daily
South-North Development bulletin published from Geneva, Switzerland.
TWN Features Service
a service to the media providing three features a week.
For more information, a publications catalogue and subscriptions
details, please write to or e-mail TWN publications department.
Third World Network
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