Martin Khor

Martin Khor

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Martin Khor is the Executive Director of the South Centre (an intergovernmental organisation of developing countries based in Geneva, Switzerland) since 1 March 2009. He replaced Dr. Yash Tandon
Yash Tandon
Yashpal Tandon is a Ugandan policymaker, political activist, professor, author and public intellectual. He has lectured extensively in the areas of International Relations and Political Economy. He was deeply involved in the struggle against the dictatorship of Idi Amin in 1970's Uganda and has...

 who was the Executive Director of the South Centre from 2005-2009. Mr. Khor is also a journalist, economist and the former Director of the Third World Network
Third World Network
The Third World Network is an international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to environment, development and the Third World and North-South issues. It has its international secretariat in Penang, Malaysia...

 which is based in Penang
Penang
Penang is a state in Malaysia and the name of its constituent island, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. It is bordered by Kedah in the north and east, and Perak in the south. Penang is the second smallest Malaysian state in area after Perlis, and the...

, Malaysia.

He is active in the civil society movement
Civil society
Civil society is composed of the totality of many voluntary social relationships, civic and social organizations, and institutions that form the basis of a functioning society, as distinct from the force-backed structures of a state , the commercial institutions of the market, and private criminal...

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He has attended the World Social Forum (WSF 2003, 2002), European social forum (2004) http://www.eurosur.org/wide/Globalisation/ESF_AB.htm and in 1999 and 2000, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

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.

He took part in the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy
Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy
The Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy is a joint initiative of Finland and Tanzania that resulted from the Helsinki Conference of December 2002.-Phases:...

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Quotes

  • about the WSF "That is a new global relationship between countries that promote the weak rather than the strong"

WSF 2003
  • about the patent system and intellectual property in general "One of the solutions is finding ways to promote innovation and to reward good work without necessarily using the intellectual property system, because it may not be the right system to provide rewards all the time."

Scenarios for the future

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