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Wrap-Up from the World Social Forum

By Michael Cebon | February 10, 2009

The World Social Forum finished up in Belem, Brazil last week.  If you don’t know much about it, the WSF was started in January 2001 as a stark alternative and counterpoint to the World Economic Forum – an annual meeting of CEOs of the biggest corporations and the most powerful governments in the Swiss town of Davos.

The WSF brings together tens of thousands of activists, social movements and NGOs from around the world to discuss and debate the world’s problems and possible solutions, from the bottom up.

As usual, Inter Press Service has produced a fantastic series of articles and interviews from this years WSF, which are well worth a read.

There are interviews with activists, lots more interviews, calls for the WSF to Evolve, and even some criticism of the WSF.

Apparently, unlike previous Forums, the 2009 WSF also produced a host of resolutions – including the Declaration of the Assembly of Social Movements.

Topics: Global Justice Movement | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Wrap-Up from the World Social Forum”

  1. What went down in Belém? « From Davos to Seattle Says:
    February 11th, 2009 at 2:47 am

    [...] What is a surprise is that the Forum managed to put together a coherent formal declaration. (H/T: Rethinking Globalisation.) The ‘Assembly of Social Movements’ called for the ‘nationalization of banks; no [...]