On the eve of crucial trade talks in Cancun, a new website goes online showing how globalization - furthered by more open markets - is spurring economic development and increasing human well-being.
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Far from widening the gap between rich and poor, globalization has helped to bring about unprecedented improvements in the living conditions of many of the world's poorest people, ICC economic analysts report.
Violent street protests against globalization and capitalism have become part of the contemporary scene. Cities that host major international meetings now know from experience how many riot police and clean-up crews they need to mobilize.
As protesters against globalization attempt to penetrate the World Economic Forum, BBC News Online invited ICC President Richard D. McCormick to make the case for the global economy and the positive role of business in the battle against poverty.
Protesters outside world trade meetings are "fighting the wrong enemy," the Vice-President of the International Chamber of Commerce has said in an address to the World Trade Center.
Writing in the International Herald Tribune, ICC Secretary General Maria Livanos Cattaui has called on governments to resist being stampeded into futile attempts to stop or slow globalization.
In a plea for global corporate statesmanship, an article on the editorial pages says that multinational corporations should do more to champion the cause of globalization at a time of "extraordinary opportunities" for wealth creation and progress.
A lead editorial headed "The world's view of multinationals" in The Economist reaches the conclusion that they should in the main be seen as a powerful force for good. Describing the multinationals as the most visible aspect of globalization, the editorial says: "They spread wealth, work, technologies that raise living standards and better ways of doing business."
With the launch of a new world trade round only days away, the director-general of the World Trade Organization, Mike Moore, has said that failure by governments to craft a deal at the negotiations would be ''unthinkable''.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan describes globalization as "an irreversible process, not an option". He says it is a positive force, but it is also blind and therefore needs to be carefully harnessed.