Montreal, February 24th, 2016 – The Bolivian vice-president, Álvaro García Linera, confirmed his presence at the World social forum, held in Montreal from August 9th to 14th 2016. As he agreed to the invitation of the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), he will be giving a speech at the conference on the necessity for convergence of social and political movements in order to build a fair and harmonious society. Figurehead of the Evo Morales administration, in power since 2006, M. Linera is a theorist of the identity awakening of native Latin American populations. He played a key role in the redaction of the Bolivian constitution, claiming a plurinationale state (2009), which recognizes the status of official language to the 36 native languages spoken in the country, as well as many different representation principles within political bodies.
Ricardo Petrella, Italian political scientist and economist famous for his stand against privatization of vital resources for human beings, especially water, and the defence of common goods, will as well be participation to the WSF in Montreal as a speaker. Same will go for Chico Whitaker, the Brazilian cofounder of the World Social Forum and 2006 recipient of the Right Livehood Award, who fights for a world more fraternal, united, respectful of the environment and in which economy would be at the service of humanity…not the contrary. Other public figures committed in various causes (environment, human rights, solidarity, pacifism etc.), as well as well as personalities from of the culture and arts circles showed their deep interest in taking part in this novel, large-scale event, dedicated to collectively finding solutions to the challenges of our time.
The World Social Forum will be held from August 9th to August 14th 2016 in Downtown Montreal, at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), the CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal and at McGill University. Over 50,000 participants and nearly 5,000 organizations of local and global civil society are expected to be at this event, first of its kind in North America. You can sign up online on the WSF 2016 website: www.fsm2016.org