Brazil Hosts the 12th Annual World Social Forum Meeting
January 24, 2012  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event  //  2 Comments

January 24, 2012 marked the beginning of the six-day long World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The 12th Annual meeting, organized by NGOs,social movements and citizens associations from all over the world, intentionally opened at the same time as the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. WSF held its first open meeting in 2001 in Porto Alegre, during which its vision that “another world is possible” was formulated. Ever since its conception, WSF has promoted diversity, non-hierarchical, and democratic debates that explore alternatives to neoliberal global capitalism. This year’s meeting anticipates over 50,000 participants, with the purpose of raising and refocusing awareness about the global social and environmental crises and providing an alternative discussion to the one happening at the WEF.

The discussion will cover various issues from the reduction in biodiversity, the increase in economic inequality to the creation of a more uniformed global society. Decisions of the annual meeting could be presented at Rio+20 this summer. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to attend.

Read more on the World Social Forum here:


About the Author :

Marija Bingulac is a doctoral student in public policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. She received her BA in political science from University of Massachusetts Boston in 2009, graduating with Excellence in Political Science Award as well as with the Feinstein Award for distinguished work in public policy and social justice classes. Following graduation, she worked in Belgrade, Serbia with the NGO Church World Service on hunger and poverty research projects. Her research agenda centers on Roma inclusion in Serbia, politics of poverty, gender, race and ethnicity.

2 Comments to “Brazil Hosts the 12th Annual World Social Forum Meeting”
  • Paul Slazinski
    September 4, 2014 -

    When is the next WSF in Brazil?

  • Michael Denney
    September 9, 2014 -

    Not sure, Paul. You’d have to contact them directly to find out that information.

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