Vol. 4 Num 218 Mon. January 05, 2004  

World Social Forum begins Jan 16

A big delegation from Bangladesh will take part in the fourth World Social Forum (WSF) to be held in Mumbai, India, from January 16 to 21.

Over 500 Bangladeshi NGO workers, trade unionists and health campaigners, half of them women, will leave Dhaka for Kolkata on January 12 to join the forum, it was announced at a press briefing in the city yesterday.

More than two lakh delegates from across the world are expected to join the conference.

Abul Hasib Khan read out a written statement at the press briefing organised by the World Social Forum, Bangladesh and the People's Health Movement (PHM) at the Liberation War Museum.

Khushi Kabir, Nurul Anwar, AHM Nouman, Abul Hossain, Imamuddin, Zakir Hossain, Dr Laila Parveen and Nasimul Ahsan Dipu were also present.

The Bangladesh chapter of WSF will hold seminars in the Mumbai forum on 'Globalisation and Agriculture of Bangladesh', 'Globalisation and Non-institutional Sectors of Bangladesh' and 'Globalisation and Women'.

Besides, it will hold protest rally and collect signatures against India's recent move towards changing the natural course of rivers under a massive river-linking project.

The PHM will also hold seminars on India's river-linking project and its adverse impacts on Bangladesh and South Asian region as a whole, women and child trafficking, migration and workers' rights, healthcare, gas and other mineral resources of Bangladesh and PRSP and health.

The WSF Bangladesh has been formed to express solidarity with the international response to globalisation and its effects, the campaigners said.

It is an initiative to bring together organisations engaged in creating a democratic, socially just, and sustainable society, they said.