One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.
As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization.
The People’s Summit held in Santiago Chile focused on the themes of Social Justice, International Solidarity and the Defense of the Commons. The Summit was organised in parallel to the EU-Latin America (CELAC) official summit where bi-regional investment dominated the agenda.
The free market approach to food security has depended too heavily on an unsustainable system of cheap food imports and high fossil-fuel consumption. It's time to counter this by supporting environmentally efficient small farms, and increasing investment in agro-ecological research.
This year's Madrid summit marks a key milestone in the ongoing development of the Enlazando Alternativas network for both highlighting EU complicity with human rights and environmental abuses and highlighting the real alternatives offered by social movements of integration and development that respect the rights of people, communities, and protect the environment.
Global finance is only one facet of multiple crises facing human civilization - crises over food, water, climate, energy as well as the global economy urgently need to be addressed. So far, neoliberal responses of governments have been to tackle finance alone - by replacing a banker or by pumping money into the system. But it is the system itself - that is in crisis.
In this special edition of Globalizations, François Houtart outlines the interlinked but different elements of the multiple crises we face, and makes radical suggestions for moving beyond the current state of affairs - through addressing all together.
Crises have long been relegated to the margins of mainstream economics, in turn often marginalising the work of those who pay attention to them. However, the recent global financial crisis, which continues to deepen around the world, has drawn the attention of mainstream economists back to the concept. Here, in this special issue of Globalizations - Barry Gills' editorial argues we currently face a number of interlinked crises, and that while the word implies something anomalous about our predicament, they are inherent features of our economic system, to which radical alternatives are needed.