Social Movements: World Social Forum

The World Social Forum (WSF): The WSF is a forum dedicated to discussion and proposal of alternatives for anti-globalization and altermundo activists working towards the construction of a better world - rooted in the belief that "Another world is possible!"

Organized for the first time in 2001 in Porto Alegre (Brazil), the Forum has since then visited numerous other countries. This yearly summit of the anti-globalization movement attracts an average of 100,000 people around the world. The WSF casts itself as an alternative to the World Economic Forum organized in Davos (Switzerland) and is a dynamic, open space, providing social movements and citizens from around the world - trade unionists, intellectuals, farmers, women groups, youth etc. with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas about actions to be undertaken to promote a world based on fairness and a more human development. The WSF is opposed to the values of neoliberalism as defended by international institutions, multinational corporations and even by some governments.

The 11th and latest edition of the WSF took place in Dakar, Senegal in February 2011, but regional and thematic forums are also organized throughout the world.

WSF Website: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

Briefing
For the past decade, a small but growing group of governments and scientists, the majority from the most powerful and most climate-polluting countries in the world, has been pushing for political consideration of geoengineering, the deliberate large-scale technological manipulation of the climate.
 
Briefing

On Thursday, December 15, 2016 the Civil Society Working Group on Synthetic Biology circulated a short fact sheet to help clear up four of the most common questions arising about gene drives. 

1.      Are gene drives naturally occurring?

In brief: the engineered gene drives being discussed at COP 13 are NOT naturally occurring elements.

Briefing

A fundamental shift is underway in how food, flavor, cosmetic, and fragrance ingredients are being produced for global markets. The new game in town is synthetic biology, or GMOs 2.0—companies are now able to create yeasts that secrete artificial compounds that taste or smell like familiar substances but don’t actually come from the natural source.

News/Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD ­Consumer and environmental groups today released the Shopper’s Guide to Synthetic Biology to help consumers avoid the new wave of GMOs in food and cosmetics, and find truly natural and sustainable options.