BAMAKO, MALI, 19 JANUARY 2006 - The World Social Forum is an alternative to the World Economic Forum, a yearly meeting of business and political elites in Davos, Switzerland. Believing that "Another World is Possible", the World Social Forum is a space for exchanging information and experiences of fighting neo-liberalism. The past decade has seen a wide range of popular resistance in Africa. The Forum will offer an opportunity for dialogue and reflection on those fights and the alternatives they offer in the global project to build a better world based on solidarity and common struggle, not competition and war.
This year's World Social Forum is being held simultaneously in Bamako (Mali), Caracas (Venezuela), and Karachi (Pakistan). The Bamako World Social Forum opens today, the 19th of January 2006. Approximately 30,000 activists from across the region and the world are expected to attend. This is the first World Social Forum to be held in Africa.
Themes of the Bamako WSF include:
and many more.
- Militarisation and War
- Outcomes of the Hong Kong WTO meeting
- UN reform
In order to cover the happenings at the WSF, Indymedia and other media activists have set up an Independent Media Centre as part of the Thomas Sankara Youth Camp. Coverage in English will be carried on IMC South Africa and in French on IMC Marseilles. Photos and audio from the Youth Camp are also available.