Ergebnis der Strategiedebatte beim Treffen des Internationalen Rat des WSF vom 31. März bis 3. April 2008 in Abuja / Nigeria
(in englischer Sprache - Roh-Übersetzung ins Deutsche am Text-Ende)
The International Council of the WSF organised a strategy debate,
examining the global political context, the processes, and the future
of the WSF during its meeting from March 31 to April 3 in Abuja,
This debate took place after an intensive process that saw over 100
written contributions being presented by movements, organizations, IC
members, and others. All these contributions and the discussions they
generated have been, and still are, available on the web.
The issues were discussed in a plenary on April 1morning, in five
working groups in the afternoon and in another plenary on the 2nd
morning. The five working group reports and their synthesis report are
already available and shall be circulated electronically.
From the outset it was clear that this would not be a one time
conclusive debate. It must necessarily be an ongoing work of the IC.
Given the dynamic and flexible nature of the WSF process, its future as
well as its internal organizational functioning must be reviewed and
debated from time to time. It would be difficult to imagine a set of
rigid rules and procedures that remain unchanging, given the fact that
the Charter of Principles of WSF itself upholds flexibility and
Keeping these considerations in mind, the debate however did provide a few concrete directions that are as follows:
- The draft document titled “The Guiding Principles for Holding
a WSF Event” should be circulated on the IC list. Members of the IC
should give their comments within two months from the date of
circulation. After incorporating the suggestions, a new draft should be
prepared and presented for adoption at the September 2008 meeting of
the IC. The finalized Guiding Principles should inform the various
regional and national forums leading up to the World event in Belem in
- The WSF event should be held every two years or more after
the 2009 event in Belem. However, the Forum after Belem should be held
two years later, as per the Berlin IC meeting decision (annex)
- There was agreement that the "Global Day of Action" was a good modality and
should be continued. However, the form, periodicity and the specific
dates in a year when the "Global Day of Action" shall be held will be decided in the
framework of the WSF plan of action for the future, and a working group
will facilitate the discussion.
- The strategy commission shall prepare a paper on the Space
and Action debate for presentation at the next IC meeting in September
2008. In the meanwhile, taking note of the general consensus voiced at
the strategy debate, the processes and methodology for the various
social forums leading up to the Belem forum in 2009 shall provide
opportunities for actions, and stimulate connections and linkages with
self-organised initiatives around the World during the Belem event.
- Though some opinions have been expressed from time to time
about amending the Charter of Principles, there did not appear to be
any consensus for such amendment at this point of time. Also because
some of the questions raised could be addressed by suitable adoption of
methodologies, Guiding Principles, "Global Day of Action" etc.
- The suggestions of the debate should be further refined
through practice during the forthcoming events such as the Maghreb,
European, American, African and South Asian forums, and of course at
the World Forum in Belem in 2009.
.. The next WSF as a centralized global event after 2009 will take
place in Africa (tentatively in 2011 subject to the global situation)
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