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Peoples Summit 2013: Organizations mobilize for common proposals

The leaders of the University of Chile’s Student Federation FECH, social movements and NGOs from Chile and Latin America gave the go-ahead to the international event to be held facing the Summit of CELAC-EU Heads of State, on 25 to 27 January 2013.

Social organizations holding meetings in parallel to governmental gatherings, with the participation of women, indigenous peoples, environmentalists, students, and union members appears to be a common practice. So what should we expect from the Peoples’ Summit 2013?

Peoples Summit 2013: Organizations mobilize for common proposals

The leaders of the University of Chile’s Student Federation FECH, social movements and NGOs from Chile and Latin America gave the go-ahead to the international event to be held facing the Summit of CELAC-EU Heads of State, on 25 to 27 January 2013.

Social organizations holding meetings in parallel to governmental gatherings, with the participation of women, indigenous peoples, environmentalists, students, and union members appears to be a common practice. So what should we expect from the Peoples’ Summit 2013?

Under the motto of “social justice, international solidarity and sovereignty of the Peoples”, from 25 to 27 January at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Chile, delegations representing various social movements from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, will participate in Convergence discussions around four main themes that are closely related to the demands and proposals of the peoples mobilized in both regions  against neoliberal policies.

And these guidelines are: Democracy, participation and sovereignty of the peoples against the power of corporations; labor and human rights against the privatization of the commons; Good Living and rights of Mother Earth against the commercialization of nature and Life, and integration and solidarity of the peoples against injustice.

In this respect, Francisca Rodriguez of Via Campesina, highlighted that what is most relevant about this intercontinental meeting, over 20 years since the first Summit, is the construction of policy proposals by the peoples around the agreed themes.

To do this, said Miguel Santibanez, president of the Chilean Association of NGOs, ACCION, the organization has spent months working on the production of this event where the key players are social movements, in a global context in which the crisis of the capitalist system is evident, with critical cases such as those experienced by European countries.

And since each territory has its distinctive feature, certainly in the case of Chile, the student movement has a prominent role in social demands. “We are present (at the Summit) at a time for unification of the movements,” said Fabian Araneda, vice president of FECH.

Participation

Alongside the Convergence discussions, there will also be space for various so-called Self-managed activities. For this, the organizers of the Summit are inviting social organizations to submit their initiatives such as: forums, exhibitions, film series, lectures, among others. More information on: http://cumbrechile2013.org/