The Global Progressive Forum (GPF) is a common initiative of the Party of European Socialists along with its political group in the European Parliament, and the Socialists International. The GPF sprang up from the success of the first World Social Forum held in January 2001 in Porto Alegre, in Brazil. The Global Progressive Forum aims to bring together a diversity of peoples from Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, India, and Latin America to discuss and propose alternatives to the negative aspects of the current Globalization process which specifically affects Under Developed countries, Third world countries and developing countries.
Following to the first global conference in November 2003 and the second on September 2005 in Milano, the Global Progressive Forum is holding its 2009 Conference in Brussels. This conference gives the opportunity to gather worldwide key international players to elaborate progressive ways of tackling the negative outcomes of globalization while engaging in a new vision of a globalised world from which we can all benefit.
World Social Forum
The Global Progressive Forum sprang up from the success of the first World Social Forum (WSF) held in January 2001 in Brazil and participated to the World Social Fora of Porto Alegre, Mumbai, Nairobi and Belem. The GPF has also been actively involved in the European Social Fora of London, Athens and Malmö. The GPF is a member of the International Council of the WSF.