"A World Without Walls"
"Freedom, Development, Free Trade and Global Governance”
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is delighted to announce that we will have the honor of receiving the author of “"A World Without Wall: Freedom, Development, Free Trade and Global Governance,” Mr. Mike Moore (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization), who will present the thesis of his recent book and discuss its relevance in the context of the historic 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in Berlin on November 6th, 2009. This will be a rare occasion to meet the author and to discuss these important issues at this historic moment in the history of Berlin, Germany, Europe and the world.
The BookMike Moore’s reflection on his time as Director-General of the World Trade Organization is an important addition to the "Great Globalization Debate". Moore explains how a boy, who left school at fourteen to work, came to head an organization charged with bringing rules and order to the world’s trading system.
Mike Moore was the Director-General of the World Trade Organization from 1999 to 2002, his term coincided with momentous changes in the global economy and multilateral trading system. He is widely credited with restoring confidence in the system following the setback of the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference held in Seattle in 1999. He gave particular attention to helping poor countries participate effectively in the multilateral trading system. Mr. Moore's term bringing in the majority of the world's population within the rules-based trading system.
Reviews‘Mike Moore makes a strong case for the benefits of free trade and open markets. But he warns that global governance needs to be rethought to cope with the challenges of globalization. A wide ranging and thought-provoking book.’
George Soros, author of "George Soros on Globalization"
‘Mike, a man essentially educated by the brute force of real-life challenges, has produced in this book an honest account of his very fine tenure as WTO Director-General. Those curious about either the evolution of the multilateral trading system, or interesting leaders, will find this book very enjoyable.’
Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico
‘Reading Mike Moore’s book is not unlike spending half an hour with the man himself. It amounts to a thorough battering by fact, anecdote, protest and personal conviction … no reader could conclude anything other than that the WTO must succeed.’
Peter Sutherland (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and former DG of WTO), Financial Times
‘Mike Moore is that rare politician: a doer who is also a thinker. He pulled off Doha, putting the bumbling failure of Seattle behind us. In this fascinating book, he demonstrates that he can also speak to intellectuals, placing trade liberalization, indeed globalization, into an ambitious but realistic framework that can serve as an effective antidote to the anti-globalizes. And he does it elegantly and articulately. New Zealand has two great voices: Kiri Te Kanawa and Mike Moore.’
Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University and author of Free Trade Today
‘A well-written and extremely readable book which provides a useful introduction to the reality of globalization.’
‘A World Without Walls is excellent at giving a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors in the negotiating process, viewed from the position of an official mandated to bring together the different parties and to secure an agreement.’
Times Higher Education Supplement