Social Movements: World Social Forum

The World Social Forum (WSF): The WSF is a forum dedicated to discussion and proposal of alternatives for anti-globalization and altermundo activists working towards the construction of a better world - rooted in the belief that "Another world is possible!"

Organized for the first time in 2001 in Porto Alegre (Brazil), the Forum has since then visited numerous other countries. This yearly summit of the anti-globalization movement attracts an average of 100,000 people around the world. The WSF casts itself as an alternative to the World Economic Forum organized in Davos (Switzerland) and is a dynamic, open space, providing social movements and citizens from around the world - trade unionists, intellectuals, farmers, women groups, youth etc. with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas about actions to be undertaken to promote a world based on fairness and a more human development. The WSF is opposed to the values of neoliberalism as defended by international institutions, multinational corporations and even by some governments.

The 11th and latest edition of the WSF took place in Dakar, Senegal in February 2011, but regional and thematic forums are also organized throughout the world.

WSF Website: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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Nov 19, 6:00pm: African civil society organizations urge delegates: Do Not Betray Africa on SynBio and Gene Drives

Nov 19, 5:30pm: Representing Terre à Vie from Burkina Faso, Ali Tapsoba urges the syn bio plenary session to support a moratorium on gene drives.

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As representatives of a broad range of African civil society organisations (CSOs), we do not feel represented by the delegations of Nigeria and South Africa, speaking on behalf of African Group, in their attempt to speak on behalf of the people of Africa on the issue of synthetic biology (synbio) and gene drive organisms (GDOs). 

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History repeating
  • It has been twenty years since ETC Group and allies uncovered a US patent on what became known as “Terminator technology” – seeds genetically engineered to stop farmers breeding with them. Civil society and farmer movements protested that these “suicide seeds” would threaten seed-saving practices that are as old as agriculture. 
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A massive weather modification network – the largest ever — is being planned for the Tibetan Plateau. The plan, according to recent reports, is to cover an area of the size of Spain with thousands of fuel burning chambers (roughly akin to upside-down rockets) to blast silver iodide into the atmosphere, stimulating cloud formation and precipitation.

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