Seminario: "Crisis Emergentes: Deglobalizacion? Oportunidades y desafios para alternativas regionales (FSM, Belem)

Workshop organised during World Social Forum in Belem

31 January 2009

Introduction

The global financial system is unravelling at great speed. This is happening in the midst of a multiplicity of interlinked crises in relation to food, climate change and energy arising from the workings of the currently dominant global neo-liberal model. The failure of this economic model has been forcefully made evident. More than two decades of privatisation, liberalization and deregulation in many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America have had devastating effects on industrial and agricultural capacities, formal sector employment, independent livelihoods and the environment. Despite the intensity of the crisis a ‘business as usual’ agenda is being pursued in the US and EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which is dis-integrating the existing and emerging regions of the South.

Finding solutions to the global crises has now become the major concern across the globe. This workshop will highlight the debate around the idea of ‘de-globalisation’ and the challenges and possibilities of moving forward in the concretisation of regional alternatives to the economic, financial, food, climate and energy crises and instead place the interest of people and the planet at its center. It will aim to encourage cross-fertilisation from experiences on regional alternatives among social movements and civil society organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

PROGRAMME

The Global Crises & De-Globalisation
Walden Bello – Focus on the Global South & Freedom from Debt Coalition

Regional responses to the crisis: experiences & challenges from Africa
Michelle Pressend – BioWatch & Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Regional responses to the crisis: experiences & challenges from South East Asia region: ASEAN
Joy Chavez – Focus on the Global South & SAPA, Philippines

Regional responses to the crisis: experiences & challenges from South Asia region: SAARC
Asfar Jafri – Focus on the Global South & People’s SAARC, India

Regional responses to the crisis: experiences & challenges from Latin America
Graciela Rodriguez – IGTN, Brazil

Northern Counter-Strategies – including regional responses to the crisis: experiences & challenges from Europe
Brid Brennan -Transnational Institute, Netherlands
Thomas Wallgren – Attac Finland

Open Forum Discussion: The potential of regional alternatives and the need for cross-regional networking – focus and priorities
Gonzalo Berron – CSA/HSA
Cecilia Olivet – TNI

Moderator: Adhemar Mineiro, REBRIP – Brazil (Moderator)


Co-Convenors:

Transnational Institute (TNI) Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA) Focus on the Global South, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR)

Seminario organizado durante el  Foro Social Mundual en Belem

31 Enero de 2009

 

PROGRAMA

Crisis Globales (financiera, energética, alimentaria) y deglobalización

Walden Bello – Focus on the Global South & Freedom from Debt Coalition, Filipinas

Respuestas regionales a las crisis: experiencias y desafíos desde África

Michelle Pressend – BioWatch & Trade Strategy Group, Sudáfrica

Respuestas regionales a las crisis: experiencias desde el Sudeste de Asia: ASEAN

Joy Chavez – Focus on the Global South & SAPA, Filipinas

Respuestas regionales a las crisis: experiencias y desafíos desde Asia de Sur: SAARC

Asfar Jafri – Focus on the Global South & People’s SAARC, India

Respuestas regionales a las crisis: experiencias y desafíos desde América Latina

Graciela Rodriguez – IGTN, Brazil

Respuestas regionales a las crisis: experiencias desde Europa

Brid Brennan -Transnational Institute, Holanda

Thomas Wallgren – Attac Finlandia

Foro de Debate: El potencial de las alternativas regionales y la necesidad de las alianzas inter-regionales

Gonzalo Berron – CSA/HSA

Cecilia Olivet – TNI

Moderador: Adhemar Mineiro, REBRIP – Brasil

Co-organizadores

Alianza Social Continental (ASC), Focus on the Global South, Transnational Institute (TNI), Third World Network-Africa, Siemenpuu (Finland) and People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms (PAAR)

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