Social Forum (Tunisia, 2015)
During its last meeting held in Casablanca in December 2014, the International Council decided to
organize the upcoming World Social Forum 2015 once again in Tunisia.
This decision was made based on an evaluation of the proceedings of the WSF 2013, and a common
assessment of the situation of struggles marshalled by different social movements in the region, and the
world, as well as the new geopolitical context and the evolving nature of the neoliberal crisis.
Indeed, it is now imperative to realize that since 2011, and after Arab revolutions have represented a
source of hope to uplift the region from its status-quo, and a source of inspiration for the entire world
to change, the Arab region is currently undergoing deeply worrisome dynamics. Governments in power
over the past three years have yet to put in place the necessary policies and programs which respond
to the claims of young people seeking freedom and employment, women seeking equality, social
movements seeking social justice. On the contrary, throughout the region the flows of weapons and
violence abound, and religious extremism is deepening its reach, neo-liberal policies dictated by the
World Bank and the IMF are presented as the only solution and the social movements and democratic
movements are criminalized. External political and military interventions have become the rule, each
time instrumentalizing internal instability to facilitate interventions by the United States, Europe, Turkey
and the Gulf countries.
Beyond the Maghreb and the Mashreq, the African continent has become the primary source of raw
material, present as the “new economic frontier”, it too a frontier ravaged by violent extremism, the
plundering of its resources, and the devastating violence inflicted by structural adjustment programs
and the militarization of its territories.
Everywhere in the world, including in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America, social movements
find themselves facing aggravating economic, social and environmental crisis, as well as a systemic
attack on their rights. New tensions, directly related to hegemonic practices to appropriate resources
and conquer markets, threaten to bring the worst in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The World Social Forum remains, more than ever, a vital space for social movements which struggle
to preserve people’s dignity, so that they remain masters of their own destiny, able to fight for and
acquire new economic, social, cultural and environmental rights, and able to construct alternatives to
the neoliberal world order.
The social movements of Tunis, as well as of the Mashreq and Maghreb invite you to join their efforts in
the construction of a more just world, where justice, equality and peace prevail, and where alternatives
for the current world order, to which countless populations aspire, are discussed and debated.
Together, we would like to work to put together an open, participatory and democratic mechanism for
the organization of the World Economic Forum 2015.
Another Maghreb Mashreq is possible
Another Africa is possible
Another world in possible
Tunis, June 20, 2014
The Organizing Committee of the World Social Forum 2015
Opening of the website: June 25, 2014
International Council of the World Social Form: Ottawa, August 2014
international seminary and meeting of the International Council: end of October 2014
international seminary: February 2015
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