World Social Forum - Porto Alegre, Brazil Jan 2001
World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil 25-30 Jan. 2001
An international conference, WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil on January 25-30, 2001, and already 500 progressive organizations have registered. (www.worldsocialforum.org/). The organizers are desperately struggling to keep up with the growing momentum for this event, because, as the below list of confirmed speakers indicates, it is quickly developing into the most significant world summit against economic globalization.
The confirmed speakers include:
Brazilian author and theologian Leonardo Boff; José Ramos-Horta, the political leader of Timor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; "Focus on Global South" professor Walden Bello; 50 Years is Enough! Njoki Njehu; vice-president of ATTAC/France Susan George; the Catholic friar and author, Frei Betto; the director of Global Exchange, Kevin Danaher; physicist and ecofeminist, Vandana Shiva; Mexican businesswoman Xochitl Bertha Galvez Ruiz; President of the United Front of Uruguay, Tabaré Vasquez; French farm leader José Bové; the President of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo of Argentina, Nora de Cortiñas; the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, the leaders of the Brazilian landless people's movement (MST) João Pedro Stedile and José Bové, the economists François Chesnais, Maria da Conceição Tavares e João Manuel Cardoso de Mello, the Ecuadorian colonel Lucio Gutierrez, one of the leaders of the Indians uprising; Graça Machel, former first lady of Mozambique; the Coordinator of the World March Against Child Labor, Kalaysh Satyarti; the leader of the Student movement of Indonesia, Dita Sari; the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT) leader and presidential candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; the Brazilian rubber tapper-turned senator Marina da Silva; president of Centro Tri-Continental, François Houtart; the former first lady of France and president of France Libertè, Daniele Miterrand; the Brazilian sociologist Emir Sader; the Chilean author Ariel Dorfman; director of Le Monde Diplomatique, Ignácio Ramonet; Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer; the Brazilian geologist Milton Santos; the president of the Committee for the Cancellation of the External Debt of the Third World, Eric Toussaint; US media critic Norman Soloman; Brazilian sociologist Helena Hirata; from Belgium Catholic University, Riccardo Petrella; the president of Jubilee 2000 of Japan, Yoko Kitazawa; sociologist Patrick Viveret; Argentina labor leader, Victor de Gennaro; Brazilian labor leader, João Felício; Portuguese sociologist, Boaventura de Souza Santos; Chilean economist, Rayén Quiroga Martinez; Georgina Djeutana of Africa; Brazilian senator Eduardo Suplicy; Egyptian economist, Samir Amin; "Halifix Initiative", Robin Round; Instituto of Politics for the Agriculture and Commerce of Minnesota, Mark Ritchie; president of ATTAC/FR and diretor "Le Monde Diplomatique", Bernard Cassen.