The WSF programmation is announced

1 August 2016


For immediate release

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 :

(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:


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List of speakers

Education, environment and eco-citizenship: the art of living together.

Speakers :

Riccardo Petrella

Patrick Viveret

Lucie Sauvé

Robert Litzler

Stand up for social justice!

Speakers :

Kalpona Akter

Álvaro García Linera

Tax Havens at the Centre of the Inqualities Crisis.

Speakers :

Riccardo Fuentes

Erica Dayle

Alain Deneault

People and the Planet before profit ! Voices of Resistance and Alternatives

Speakers :

Palestinians under Apartheid, Occupation and Siege.

Speakers :

Bassel Ghattas

Zakaria Odeh

Nora Carmi

Voices of First Nations : between Creation and Resilience.

Speakers :

Manon Barbeau

Melissa Mollen Dupuis

The Age of Humanity: Let’s Build a Political Community of Humanity United in its Diversity.

Speakers :

Chico Withaker

Alexandre Warnet

Cathy Wong

Michèle Asselin

Augustin Antoine

Confronting Israeli Apartheid: The Role and Goals of BDS.

Speakers :

Ali Abunimah

Omar Barghouti

Zahia El-Masri

Jamal Jom’a

Beyond the private sector: How can the plural sector get its collective act together?

Speakers :

Henri Mintzberg

Alex Megelas

Education for All: From Dream to Reality.

Speakers :

Edgar Morin

Aminata Traoré

Mamadou Ndoye

Sergio Haddad

Impact of neoliberalism on social inequality and health.

Speakers :

Ron Labonté

Moyses Martins

Stronger than hate : the struggles and achievements of the LGBT community.

Speakers :

Maurice Tomlinson

Rami Ayari

Ahmed Ben Amor

Change the system, not the climate!

Speakers :

Naomi Klein

Tadzio Muller

Maité Llanos

Anne Céline Guyon

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Roger Rashi

Stefanie Ehmsen

Another world is possible: with the Free Software, it becomes possible!

Speakers :

Richard Stallman

Marianne Corvellec

From Africa to the Americas, Women fight for their rights.

Speakers :

Bertita Caceres

Itzel Gonzalez

Shalmali Guttal

Mama Koité Doumbia

Aminata Traoré

The Arab Spring 5 years later. Egypt as an example.

Speakers :

Maha Azzem

Haroon Siddiqui

Ehab Lotayef

Audism and ableism: two “isms” too often forgotten. 

Speakers :

Lawrence Carter-Long

Pamela E. Witcher

Laurence Parent

Defeating War: Syria under siege.

Speakers :

Gilbert Achcar

Samar Yazbek

Truths and lies on public debt.

Speakers :

Dominique Plihon

Maria Elena Saludas

Chantal Santerre

Claude Vaillancourt

Maud Bailly

Basic Income, a Major Social Innovation for the 21st Century.

Speakers :

Karl Widerquist

Nkateko Chauke

Nicole Teke

Rutger Bregman

Marcus Brancaglione