International lawyers draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction

International lawyers are drafting plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world’s ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels.

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Another World Social Forum is Possible

In January 2021 the World Social Forum will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus will make a real and festive forum impossible. Nevertheless, we can try to turn this ‘bad’ into a ‘good’ and start a renewal process by using the virtual WSF of January 2021 into a stepping stone for a real political process towards a ‘real’ Forum in Mexico City in January 2022.

We have indeed always been speaking about the ‘Forum process’, but it fact it has never existed in between forums. Every Forum had to start anew, without taking into account results of a former forum, without looking ahead to the next forum. It is one of the failures of this whole ‘process’ and one of the mistaken formulas to describe it. The different WSF’s till now have been events, not processes.

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Global health: Will it become the first ‘res publica’ of humanity?

The UN General Assembly has convened a Special Session on the Covid-19 pandemic at the level of Heads of State and Government on 3 and 4 December next. It took more than a year of discussions to overcome the opposition of certain states, notably the United States of former President Donald Trump.

The holding of this Special Session (the 37th in the history of the UN) is of considerable importance. It is a unique opportunity to define and implement joint actions at the global level to fight the pandemic in order to ensure the right to life and health for all the inhabitants of the Earth. As the President of the UN General Assembly wrote in his letter of convocation: “Let us not forget that none of us are safe until we are all safe”.

This is a historic moment and a unique opportunity.

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Nuevo libro de Boaventura de Sousa Santos

‘O futuro começa agora. Da pandemia a utopia’

con un capítulo sobre el Foro Social Mundial

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Millions of New Poor are on the Way. Who cares?

by Roberto Savio

Now, it is certainly difficult to believe that the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK, India, China and Canada, and the President of the European Council, and the President of the European Union – leaving aside the United States – ignore the impacting data on the increase of poverty provided by all the international organisations. The creation of the G7 and the G20 has been the most visible attempt of the great powers to displace substantial debates and decisions from the United Nations. It was certainly not due to lack of information that they ignored the appeal of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutierres, who implored action in his intervention against the unfolding drama of the poor of all over the world, which is nullifying all progress achieved in the last two decades.

The data that the G20 ignored all converge on two conclusions: the impact of the Covid-19 virus is stronger than expected, and it will bring about a global social imbalance that will have a lasting impact on several millions of people – in fact, about 300 million people.

This comes on top of an already dire situation. According to the World Bank, 720 million people will be living in extreme poverty (less than 1.90 dollars a day). Of those, 114 million are the direct result of Covid-19: that is 9.4% of the world’s population. According to the UN World Food Programme, more than 265 million are already starving, and many will die. And according to the International Labour Organization 200 million will lose their job.

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El Foro Social Mundial virtual, enero 2021

El foro ya tiene su sitio web y ya se puede enregistrar:

Sitio web:* : https://wsf2021.net

Pré-inscrição Já!* : https://framaforms.org/contacto-inclusion-proceso-fsm2021v-1604754077
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Peace forged by warfare

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights 70 yearts after: would it be possible today?

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World Social Forum organizes global meeting against Davos 2021

The financial and big business elite who meet in Davos every year needs more than ever a counterweight. That is the opinion of popular movements from all over the world. Therefore, they have now decided to organize the World Social Forum WSF 25 – 30 January 2021 with actions and meetings around the world connected online for a week.

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“Un ejercito de poetas sociales”

El Encuentro Mundial de los Movimientos Populares 2020 con Papa Francisco

Sábado 24 de Octubre se ha tenido el Encuentro Mundial de los Movimientos Populares con
el Papa Francisco. Una ruta empezada en 2014 en Vaticano, seguida en Bolivia en 2015,
donde Libera participò, asì como nuevamente en Vaticano en 2016 y en seguida en Chile
en 2018. Un encuentro, esto con los Movimientos Populares, indispensable para construir
el futuro, como ha subrayado Francisco. Respecto al pasado, la reunión se ha realizado en
videoconferencia por causa de la pandemia. Han participado alrededor de 150
representantes de los movimientos sociales, que se han adherido a la invitación de
Francisco expresada en la última Pascua. Voces y caras de distintas partes del mundo.
Entre ellas, la UTEP Argentina que junta las/los trabajadoras/es de la economía popular, la
Vía Campesina que reúne cientos de millones de campesinas/os del mundo, los Slum
Dwellers de India que representan los pobres de las ciudades. Libera, como en los años
pasados, ha invitado a participar una delegación de la red que promueve en América
Latina, Red Alas – América Latina alternativa social y africana, como la Comunidad
afro-indigena Yabatac (Bolivia), la Institución Educativa Ecológica Tarpurisunchis (Perù),
Movimiento Jovenes de Calle (Guatemala), Brigada Humanitaria de Paz Marabunta
(Mexico), Enfants et Jeunes Travailleurs (Costa de Marfil) y Southern Africa People’s
Solidarity Network SAPSN (Zimbabwe). A representar Italia, La Lega dei Braccianti, Libera,
Mediterranea y la Rete dei Numeri Pari. El encuentro ha sido moderado por el cardenal
Michael Czerny y ha sido concluido con la intervención del cardenal Peter Turkson,
Subsecretario y Prefecto del Dicasterio de Desarrollo Humano Integral.

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Foro Social Mundial Justicia y Democracia

En el Grupo Facilitador del Foro Social Mundial Justicia y Democracia, evento temático que tendrá lugar del 22 al 26 de septiembre de 2021 en Brasil, en una ciudad por definir hasta finales de este año, tenemos el agrado de invitarlos al evento de lanzamiento virtual que tendrá lugar el 22 de noviembre de 2020, a las 11 am, hora brasileña.

Reiteramos que el FSMJD es un evento temático y que forma parte del proceso de preparación del FSM2022 en México. Su enfoque principal es la articulación de todas las organizaciones internacionales y movimientos sociales que tienen interés en denunciar las prácticas antidemocráticas de lawfare (guerra legal) que se ha utilizado en América Latina y otras partes del mundo para subvertir la democracia y sus instituciones y Estado.

Su objetivo es movilizar a la sociedad civil internacional en general, y a los profesionales del derecho en particular, para discutir medidas que puedan salvaguardar el funcionamiento del estado de derecho democrático en todos los países. Una de sus principales iniciativas debe ser la realización de una Corte Internacional para juzgar la Operación Lava Jato en Brasil y actividades para debates sobre Sistemas de Justicia en el mundo.

Próximamente estaremos lanzando nuestro sitio web donde será posible integrar nuestra iniciativa con las iniciativas CI-FSM en el proceso de realización del FSM Virtual en enero de 2021 y el FSM México en 2022.

Por otro mundo posible, urgente y necesario

Grupo de facilitadores de FSMJD

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