In 2011, the World Social Forum took place in Dakar, which enabled us not only to meet our international partners, but also to strengthen our relations with our Senegalese counterparts. By organising the S&D delegation and also jointly organising workshops as part of the activities of the WSF, which was held this year in Dakar (6-11 February), the GPF has gone a step further in its commitment to the WSF and its cooperation with its civil society partners.
In collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), SOLIDAR and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the GPF organised four workshops. The delegation of MEPs from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, consisting of Kader Arif, Head of Delegation, Jo Leinen, Zita Gurmai, Corina Cretu and Kristian Vigenin (together with three members of the secretariat: Javier Moreno Sánchez, Cecília Gondard and Alexandra Salmon-Bobek), was, therefore, part of a larger delegation which included, amongst others, the President of SOLIDAR, Josef Weidenholzer, Massimo D'Alema, President of FEPS, Conny Reuter, Secretary General of SOLIDAR, Philip Cordery, PES Secretary Genera, Ernst Stetter, Secretary General of FEPS, and Erich Fenninger, SOLIDAR Board member. Members were also able to take part in the Foundation and Trade union meetings that were held throughout the Forum. Other MEPs, such as Pervenche Berès, Henri Weber and Harlem Désir, were also in attendance as part of other delegations.
In short, the WSF is made up of civil society representatives and political decision-makers and is first and foremost a place to meet and exchange ideas. The staging of the Forum of Parliamentarians, at the invitation of the National Assembly of Senegal, enabled open and constructive discussions to take place with numerous African members of parliament.
Click on the activty report below to know more about the GPF activities at the World Social Forum in Dakar (2011)