The annual Forum which seeks to build alternatives for a more social and sustainable world order brought together some 75,000 activists from NGOs and Social Movements, Trade Unions, academic world and journalists. The protests in Egypt and Tunisia which challenged the power of autocratic regimes provided an inspirational background to this year’s Forum.
EAPN’s participation in the Forum was in cooperation with Dignity International. EAPN participated and contributed to a workshop on the Crisis and the need for regulation and accountability of the Financial Institutions. Nearly 200 participants took part in the workshop. The World Social Forum was also the opportunity to meet with the partners active in Dignity International and to progress the preparation of a global campaign for a more social and sustainable model of development. This campaign is inspired by the work of Ekta Parished (India) who will lead the campaign and plan a 100.000 people march as part of the campaign. EAPN will seek to engage in this campaign and make some visible actions in Europe. A planning meeting on the campaign will be held in Delhi in early March.
The final declaration of the Social Movements that took part in the World Social Forum can be found here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23191