Programming Reminder for August 10, 2016

9 August 2016

Press Release

For immediate release

World Social Forum 2016

Montreal, August 9, 2016The World Social Forum (WSF) is proud to do an overview of the many conferences and activities that will take place during this day. There are several hundreds of self-managed activities, as well as around fifty cultural activities that will take place pretty much everywhere on the WSF territory, in downtown Montreal.

Press conference

Wednesday august 10th the grand conferences will be preceed by a press conference. This will be held at “La Maison du développement durable”, at 50, rue Sainte-Catherine, Saint-Urban room. World social forum co-coordinator Carmina Mac Lorin will be present to answer the questions to the medias. We will also have three spokepersons for this conference.

Kalpona Akter : Stand up for social justice!

Bertha Zuñiga Cáceres : People and the Planet before profit!

Moyses Martins : Impact of neoliberalism on social inequality and health

All the presentators will be available to answer the questions to the medias.

Grand Conferences

The Grand Conferences will take place on August 10, 11 and 12. On the first day, seven Grand Conferences with special guests in their fields who will come from all over the world will take place. the Grand Conferences will happen from 6 PM to 7:30 PM, in seven different places.

The Monument National (Ludger-Duvernay room) will welcome the Stand up for social justice! conference with Kalpona Akter. Miss Akter is the executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity, one of the most important organizations of labour law in Bangladesh, as well as being a worker for children’s clothes previously. This Centre is recognized by the international labour law movement and multinational clothes companies as one of the most important organizations of basic work in the country.

UQAM will be the host of two Grand Conferences, one at the Alfred Laliberté studio-theater: People and the Planet Before Profit! Voices of Resistance and Alternatives, whereas Education for All: From Dream to Reality will take place at the Marie-Guérin-Lajoie room (Judith Jasmin wing). For this occasion, the WSF will receive Edgar Morin, a French sociologist and philosopher, Aminata Traoré, sociologist, previous Minister of Culture and of Tourism of Mali and alter-globalization activist committed to the fight against liberalism, which she considers to be responsible for the continuous poverty in Mali and in Africa in general, Mamadou Ndoye, previous Minister of Education of Senegal and Sergio Haddad, a professor at the University of Sao Paolo and a Brazilian political of Lebanese origin.

Concordia will also hold a conference in the Hall H-110 wing. Defeating War: Syria Under Siege will take place on the first day of the Grand Conferences with a professor from the University of London, Gilbert Achcar, of Lebanese origin. He also chairs the Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of London and he is the author of many works, including: The Clash of Barbarisms ; Eastern Cauldron ; The People Want. A radical explanation of the Arab uprising. His last work is Morbid Symptoms. He will be accompanied by Samar Yazbek, who has been a writer and an activist ever since the beginning of the uprisings in Syria.

For this first day, Riccardo Fuentes, General Director of Oxfam Mexico and co-author of An Economy For the 1%, How privilege and power in the economy drive extreme inequality and how this can be stopped (2016) report, Erica Dayle, tax lawyer, director of tax lawyer and Director of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation Secretariat, also a consultant for the United Nations and the International Centre for Taxation and Development. and Alain Deneault, philosopher and essayist, ambassador of the À la recherche des milliards perdus campaign and author of the book Une escroquerie légalisée, will discuss tax havens during the Tax Havens at the Centre of the Inequality Crisis conference, at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT).

It is at the Leacock wing of McGill University that the conference Beyond the Private Sector: How Can the Plural Sector Get Its Collective Act Together? will be held with Henri Mintzberg, Canadian academic and chairholder of Cleghorn at the Administration Faculty of McGill University in Montreal, where he has been teaching since 1968 and has written 17 books on the management of organizations and strategies of management. Alex Melegas, educator and community organizer, will also be present to discuss. He also leads the “University of the Streets Café” program at Concordia University. He has a lot of experience in the non-profit making and university fields. His current research projects are: Power Up !, a bike-powered exploration at the intersection of technology, community and self-reliance, and Paper Places, a series of participatory workshops on mapmaking.

Finally, Impact of Neoliberalism on Social Inequality and Health will be held at Complexe Desjardins with Ron Labonté. Mr. Ronald Labonté holds the Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity. His work concerns the impact of contemporary globalization on people’s health. He is particularly interested by the consequences of the decisions made by the G8 and by international authorities. He has a critical approach to neoliberalism and is interested by global health issues.

Hundreds of self-managed activities by organizations from all over the world

The WSF 2016 is a space that gathers self-managed activities that are organized by 1,102 organizations. These activities will concern different themes related to current topics like the democratization of knowledge and the right to communicate, economic, social and solidary alternatives facing the capitalist crisis, and the defense of the rights of nature and environmental justice. In total, many subjects that will be addressed during discussions, conferences and workshops will stem from these 13 themes.

Organizations like the Fédération des femmes du Québec, Équiterre, the Festival du cinéma engagé, the RDIM, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, the Institut du Nouvea Monde, the International Panel on Social Progress, the Observatoire jeunesse Oxfam-Québec, and many others will take part in the WSF this year.

Cultural activities for everyone

During the day, there will also be many artistic performances, plays, dance, music and action. Feminist scarves confection, quiz evenings on human rights and many musical performances, as well as a samba night for democracy. This day will offer activities for all tastes and ages. The cultural activities will take place at the Monument National, the Place de la paix, the Scène de la Place du Village and on Sainte-Catherine street.

Many screenings of documentaries will take place starting at 9 AM and will majoritarely be screened at the Sainte-Catherine Theatre and at the Mai. Many screenings will occur with the presence of the directors, including Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth, by Jane Caputi, and Sans terre c’est la faim, by Amy Miller, whereas other screenings will be followed by discussions with the public. A discussion will be animated by Dennis Howlett of Canadians for Tax Fairness and Dereje Alemajehu of Global Alliance for Tax Justice, following the screening of the documentary The Price We Pay, by Harold Crooks. Nine other screenings will take place during the day.

General Information

The full programming:

Online registrations:

Representatives of media will be invited to a press conference at the Société des Arts technologiques (SAT) on August 10 to do an overview of the activities that will take place during the day

World Social Forum

The World Social Forum is the largest gathering of civil society that aims to find solutions to the problems of our time. Created in 2001 in Brazil, the WSF gathers several tens of thousands of participants for more than a thousand activities (workshops, conferences, artistic performances…) centred on different themes (social development, solidary economy, the environment, human rights, democratization…).


Katia Stuart-Gagnon

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Mathilde Ouellet

Media Relations

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