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.
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