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The World Social Forum 2016, a rich program with more than 1,200 activities
Montreal, June 30, 2016 – More than 1,200 self-managed activities will be presented by more than 1,000 organizations of 118 countries during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2016, which will be held from August 9 to 14 in Montreal. The self-managed activities will allow participants to exchange, to make their demands, their initiatives and their action projects known in order to contribute to a better world.
These activities, which will take place from August 10 to 12, will evolve around 13 key themes. To name only a few: the economic, social and solidary alternatives when facing a capitalist crisis, the defense of the rights of nature and environmental justice, migrations and citizenship without borders, human and social rights, dignity and fights against inequalities and many others.
The Great Conferences
Beyond the self-managed activities, the World Social Forum will present, for the first time, seven great conferences in three days. The goal of these conferences is to arouse the interest of the citizens around 21 subjects, including the environment, tax havens, social inequalities, education, etc. Naomi Klein, Ricardo Petrella, Ricardo Fuentes and Edgar Morin will be present to discuss, amongst others.
For conferences schedule : https://fsm2016.org/grandes-conferences/
(See below for the complete list of speakers)
Opening and Closing
On August 9, the WSF will begin with an opening march of mobilization in downtown Montreal, around social issues that touch all citizens of the world. Thus, the weekend of the 13th and 14th of August will conclude the event with the presentations of the concrete solutions listed in short and long term projects at Jarry Park. This 12th edition will be marked by artistic activities on all of its territory.
About the World Social Forum 2016?
The 12th World Social Forum will be held in downtown Montreal (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal, McGill University, Concordia, Monument National, Société des arts technologiques, Complexe Desjardins, Quartier des spectacles). More than 50,000 participants and almost 5,000 organizations of local and international civil society are expected for this first edition in North America. You can register online on the website of the WSF 2016: https://fsm2016.org/en/participer/sinscrire/
For more information or for any request for interviews, contact:
Katia Stuart-Gagnon, chargée of ommunications
To request your press accreditation :
Social networks : #WSF2016
List of speakers
Education, environment and eco-citizenship: the art of living together.
Stand up for social justice!
Álvaro García Linera
Tax Havens at the Centre of the Inqualities Crisis.
People and the Planet before profit ! Voices of Resistance and Alternatives
Palestinians under Apartheid, Occupation and Siege.
Voices of First Nations : between Creation and Resilience.
Melissa Mollen Dupuis
The Age of Humanity: Let’s Build a Political Community of Humanity United in its Diversity.
Confronting Israeli Apartheid: The Role and Goals of BDS.
Beyond the private sector: How can the plural sector get its collective act together?
Education for All: From Dream to Reality.
Impact of neoliberalism on social inequality and health.
Stronger than hate : the struggles and achievements of the LGBT community.
Ahmed Ben Amor
Change the system, not the climate!
Anne Céline Guyon
Another world is possible: with the Free Software, it becomes possible!
From Africa to the Americas, Women fight for their rights.
Mama Koité Doumbia
The Arab Spring 5 years later. Egypt as an example.
Audism and ableism: two “isms” too often forgotten.
Pamela E. Witcher
Defeating War: Syria under siege.
Truths and lies on public debt.
Maria Elena Saludas
Basic Income, a Major Social Innovation for the 21st Century.