World Social Forum (WSF) 2001

World Social Forum (WSF) 2001

The first Forum in 2001 was about analysing the world situation. This first meeting was predominantly a challenge to Davos as a symbol of economic globalisation, and through that to economic globalisation itself. Since then, the WSF has moved from being a singular major event to being a celebration across the world.

In 2001 it was decided to organize World Social Forums in several other countries, to organize the World Social Forum every year and during the same period of the World Economic Forum. It was also decided to establish a WSF International Committee.

"The worldwide social movement fighting against corporate globalisation and for a more just, more democratic and more ecologically sustainable world has travelled a long way in the past three years. Let's rejoice in the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre and make it a huge success. Together, all of you there and all of us throughout the world who, like me, can't be there but share in the spirit; together we will make the words 'Porto Alegre' stand for human dignity, solidarity and democracy". Susan George, January 2001.

"The WSF is one of the most significant civil and political initiatives of the past several decades, perhaps of this past century. Whether it will play such a role remains to be seen. But at any rate, it is not every day that an initiative like the World Social Forum (WSF) takes shape, which simultaneously challenges the hegemony of so many empires, both ‘external’ and ‘internal’; and there are even fewer instances of an idea with such sweep actually taking off and staying in flight". Jai Sen.

World Social Forum Charter of Principles
Approved and adopted in São Paulo, on April 9, 2001, by the organizations that make up the World Social Forum Organizating Committee, approved with modifications by the World Social Forum International Council on June 10, 2001.

World Social Forum 2001 Memorial

Declarations and final documents of parallels events

World Forum of Parliamentarians
The World Parliamentary Forum took place for the first time in Porto Alegre, on January 27th and 28th, 2001, in the framework of the World Social Forum (WSF), where hundreds of trade unionist and associative organizations participated.

Forum of Local Authorities
PORTO ALEGRE CHARTER: The processes of urbanization, generalized throughout the world, do not always include citizenship rights. Large sectors of the population are excluded and marginalized, affected by one of the worst aspects of neoliberal policies: the division between those who are included and those who are excluded from social rights and the democratic process itself.

Terraviva: The Daily Journal of the I World Social Forum. Porto Alegre, 2001

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