Outcome of WSF

As the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal  ends today,  participants have been talking about the outcome of the event. Adbulai Daramani, Head of the Environment Unit of the Third World Network  tells Kumah Drah of what is being called strategic  positioning of  civil society action.



Father Alex on Rio

Social movements are to organise and put more pressure on their governments to take the right  measures  to slow down global warming.  Father Alex Zanotelli  of the Comboni  and an activist against privatization of water made the call at a meeting of environ mental  groups  at the World Social Forum in Dakar Senegal.  The groups were drawing up a road map to Rio where  a  global environmental  in 2012.  Kumah Drah asks Father Alex about the consensus reached at the meeting of the environmental groups. Father Alex first speaks about why the need for another Rio conference.



Road Map to Rio

Climatic and environmental groups have drawn a road map that will ensure that the next world climate conference dubbed as Rio +20 does not fail as other climate meetings. Rio+ is to be held in May 2012. As part of preparations for the Rio Conference, Durban will be hosting COP 17 at the end of this year. For the Durban meeting to be successful, Marcia Andrews of Peoples Dialogue of South Africa called for greater African participation in all the preparatory events. She was talking to Kumah Drah after a meeting of environmental groups at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal.



President Without Degree

Some participants  at the World Social Forum in Dakar continue  to comment  on how  Brazil has successfully been tackling its development problems .  It has become one of the emerging economies.  A Senegalese , El Hadji Gaye Diallo thinks  the unique leadership  of former  President  Lula da Silva  who has no academic degree is significant in  Brazil’s development.




Drips of Water for Farmers

The World Social Forum in Senegal is not only for academic discourse, big ideological debates,  political and social protests against injustice and discrimination.  The forum in Dakar provides marketplace for goods, services and technology.   At an arid part of Anta Diop University  campus vegetables are being grown under drip irrigation. Initiators of the project say the small scale drip irrigation can transform lives and curb rural-urban migration.


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