Special thanks

31 August 2016

You were more than 35,000 participants from 125 countries to take part in the 12th edition of the World Social Forum 2016. The WSF wishes to thank you for joining us and taking part, more than 15,000 were present during the opening march, which was a success !

The World Social Forum would not have been possible without the 1,000 volunteers who gave their time in order to be sure that everything goes as well as possible during the event. We can count more than 15,000 of volunteer work that was done throughout the week.

The World Social Forum wishes to also remind everyone of the importance of the involvement of the 26 self-managed committees of the WSF, for example, the Democracy Committee, the committee on social protection and human rights, and the Committee on Education. These different committees were linked to numerous themes and the activities that were held during these committees represented those themes.

There were also 22 assemblies of convergence which led to more than a hundred initiatives like, for example, Estates General on Education and the participation of many during the day of defense of public services. The WSF will soon publish on its website the calendar of the different actions of social change that were put forward during the Agora of Initiatives and that can be used as a guide by citizens worldwide by providing them with concrete ideas on how to change the system.

Nonetheless, the World Social Forum regrets that 60% (this is a provisional number, as we are still waiting for more information concerning the subject) of visa demands have been refused by the Canadian government. The WSF Collective is committed to portray all those who were refused to show the government, but also to show civil society, what these participants could have brought to the WSF. “ We also want to use the case of Montreal in order to question the accessibility of countries of the North “, explained Raphaël Canet, the co-coordinator.

A special mention for all our partners who made the WSF 2016 possible

Partenaires du Changement / Partners of Change
Brot für die Welt
Université du Québec à Montréal
Gouvernement du Québec
Tourisme Montréal
Cégep du Vieux Montréal
RakamPartenaires Engagés / Committed Partners
Projet Écosphère
Développement et paix
Ville de Montréal
Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)
Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)
Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins
Université McGill
Monument National Partenaires Mobilisés / Mobilized Partners
Société des Arts Technologiques
Maison du développement durable
Syndicat des Métallos
Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)
Fonds de solidarité FTQ
Uniterra : un programme CECI et EUMC
Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP)

Partenaires Solidaires / United Partners
Alliance de la fonction publique du Canada (PSAC-AFPC)
Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS)
Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ)
Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE)
Rouleau-Paquin design
Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP-PSAC)
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
TUAC Canada
Teamsters Canada
Coopérative l’Empreinte
Marie Montpetit, députée de Crémazie
Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN)
Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec (SFPQ)
Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPESEPB)
British Columbia Teacher’s Federation (BCTF)
Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service, section locale 298 (FTQ) SQEES-298
Congrès du travail du Canada (CTC)
Under Pressure
Montréal, Arts interculturels
Syndicat des chargées et chargés de cours de l’UQAM (SCCUQ)
Syndicat des professeurs et des professeures de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski (SPPUQAR)
Réseau québécois de l’action communautaire autonome (RQ-ACA)
Syndicat des conseillères et conseillers de la CSQ (SCC-CSQ)
Groupe d’entraide internationale Spirale
Syndicat des professeures et des professeurs du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (SPPCEM)
Syndicat des professeurs du Collège Marie-Victorin (SPCMV)

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