• wsf2024 icnoc message 22sept

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 message  - call text v20sept  - brochure text v19sept

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Dear Rosy and Hamouda, 

WSF International Council Secretariat, 

Greetings from the WSF2024 Nepal Organizing Committee, Kathmandu! Hope everything is well with you all. 

Pls find the final drafts of the WSF2024 brochure (basic information on WSF2024Nepal-about programs methodology, logistics, and other information) and the Call Letter from the Nepal Organizing Committee attached. Both of these documents are in a simple Word file so that everyone can easily download and read them in order to provide more feedback.  

Feedback received in the several rounds of meetings from the members of IC, APSF-FC, and NOC and IC/APSF/NOC FGs have been incorporated in these drafts. Pls share these drafts with IC members and other relevant movements. These documents also need to be translated into different languages in order to make the people understand the brochure and call. Hope you will volunteer to do the needful. 

After getting some responses from colleagues to these final drafts, we will finalize them and put them into design, and upload them to the website. 

We are also planning to organize the WSF20024 launching event on 4 October 2023 at 2.00 PM Nepal time for Asia, Europe and Africa as Nepal's friends will physically participate and friends from outside of Nepal will participate online. We would like to propose some other time for Latin America, North America, and Canada and this will be discussed in the IC meeting on 28 September.  We will come with more details on the launching shortly. 

Looking forward to hearing from you. 

With best regards, 

Netra Timsina- Member, Nepal Organizing Committee

 

 A call from

World Social Forum 2024 Nepal Organizing Committee

15-19 February 2024, Kathmandu Nepal

 

 

Dear Esteemed Colleagues and Friends,

Warm greetings from Kathmandu on behalf of the World Social Forum (WSF) 2024 Nepal Organizing Committee!

We are pleased to inform you that World Social Forum 2024 (WSF2024) is scheduled to take place from February 15th to 19th in Nepal. The WSF serves as an open space and a platform for the convergence of a diverse range of participants, including social movements, laborers, farmers, civil society groups, marginalized communities, and those affected by the impacts of neoliberal capitalism and privatization, with the purpose of reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and interlinking for effective action. Originating in 2001 with the vision of "Another World is Possible," the 2024 edition is themed around the call for "Another World Now."

The project of neo-liberal capitalism has led to extreme inequality, displacement, warfare, climate-related catastrophes, loss of livelihoods, diminished opportunities, and widespread poverty. Presently, the world is marked by a concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few, aggravated by the additional impact of the pandemic, which has further stripped individuals of their identity and dignity within the framework of neo-liberal capitalism. This has resulted, for the first time in history, humanity is at risk destroying the possibility of humankind to survive. Be it due to global warming and species extinction or war between the major powers.

On the flip side, numerous resistance movements are emerging worldwide, including various social and alternative movements, aiming to challenge the dominant hegemonic forces. Consequently, people are demanding a more equitable and sustainable world in which to reside.

Over the last five decades, Nepal has undergone democratization and significant political and social transformations. In 2015, Nepal enacted a new constitution that guarantees civic freedoms and envisions an economic and political system oriented toward socialism and inclusivity in the political process. This is a favorable context for having global forums and events in Nepal.

Therefore, on the occasion of the event, we invite all social movements, civil society organizations, and individuals from across the globe to take part in the WSF process and converge both physically and online in Kathmandu, Nepal, bringing their energy, experiences, knowledge, and strategies to envision an alternative world characterized by a justifiable political, economic, social, and cultural system, ensuring that everyone on this planet can live with dignity. Self-organized efforts to develop online participation in panel activities and assemblies are welcome and taken into account in the Internet Infrastructure.

The Nepalese civil society is gearing up the preparatory activities for this momentous event through local meetings and extensive outreach efforts over the past months. Collaborating closely with the Asia Pacific Social Forum- Facilitation Committee (APSF-FC) and the International Council (WSF-IC), the Nepal Organizing Committee (NOC) has been diligently advancing the planning process for WSF2024 in Nepal. Moreover, across the continents and regions, consultations and deliberations are underway.  

Following the approval from the IC in March 2023, the NOC has orchestrated a series of planning initiatives and consultations at various levels. These have involved local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), social movements, and regional APSF-FC partners, along with global interactions with the IC. Our arrangements are solidifying, including the confirmed venues for the WSF and Opening Ceremony on February 15th, thematic panels in the morning, and assemblies and parallel activity sessions in the rest of the day from February 16th to 18th.

The first 3 days (16-18 Feb) will be focused on info-sharing, networking, intercommunication, and alliance-building. This is done through 1)Thematic panels prepared in an inclusive manner held in 3 days in 4 or 5 big halls (to participate in this preparation process, join here  https://www.asiasocialforum.net/join and select the thematic spaces you want to be present in),  2) One-shot self-organized activities (about 100 in parallel) three times per day, with the space available for self-organized assemblies, sequences of 3 activities in a same room in a row after the morning, and use of big halls and rooms by the bigger coalitions of organizations.

The last day 19th February will be focused on convergence, alliance building, and interactions between participants about post-event perspectives through “square of statements” developing interactions in contact tables and in informal meetings around decisions/statements by the participants, announced on the website.


"Engagement of youth" in the WSF itself is important and youth participation is ensured through proposing age-related criteria for organizers
and ensuring the space available for youth speakers in activities/assemblies.  The Intercontinental Youth Forum (IYF) will be held on 17th February as a concurrent activity.

Please access WSF 2024 Website for more information: http://www.wsf2024nepal.org/  

Progress is also underway in logistics and other critical preparations. Our focus remains on securing engaging speakers for the opening, and some thematic panels representing a diversity of society struggles who can draw public attention to pressing social issues for the opening, and the thematic panels, assemblies, and closing ceremonies. Additionally, we are in the process of seeking support for resource mobilization from like-minded organizations.

The National Organizing Committee now appeals to individuals and organizations for your support in terms of the global mobilization of WSF 2024 toward Nepal. We invite all social movements and civil society entities that resonate with WSF's principles to actively engage, collaborate, and support the WSF2024 journey.

WSF2024 Nepal Organizing Committee invites you to: 1) Register your organization as a participant at https://www.wsf2024nepal.org/register.
It will be made visible on https://wsf2024nepal.org/organization-registered-in-wsf          2) Contribute with the 25 USD (3300 NPR) organization participation fee, that helps us sustain the organizing effort  3) announce an activity through your "dashboard" (select an activity on left and create on right describe and submit). It will be made publicly visible in: https://wsf2024nepal.org/activities.  Participants can express, as of now, their interest in the activities proposed (button “participate” on each activity proposed). This is fostering early intercommunications for a better preparation of WSF2024.

We kindly invite you to share this communication with your networks to help disseminate the Nepal Organizing Committee's call and contribute to the resounding success of WSF 2024.

 

 In solidarity,

 

World Social Forum 2024 Nepal Organizing Committee, Kathmandu Nepal

wsf2024nepal@gmail.com

WhatsApp: + 9779761887454

website: www.wsf2024nepal.org

20 September 2023, Kathmandu, Nepal


 World Social Forum 2024 (WSF2024Nepal)

 

For the first time in history, humanity is facing the imminent risk of destroying its own chances of survival. Whether it be the consequences of global warming and species extinction, or the escalating conflicts between major powers, the threat is real and urgent. In this critical time, the World Social Forum (WSF) emerges as a beacon of hope, more essential than ever before. It is an invitation extended to you, alongside hundreds of thousands of others, whether in person or online, to gather at the majestic feet of the highest mountains on Earth in Kathmandu, Nepal, in February 2024.

 

Two decades ago, the world witnessed massive mobilizations against the destructive impacts of neo-liberal globalization, leading to a vital conversation about alternatives to this prevailing development model. The first WSF, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001, served as a space for diverse social movements, community campaigns, trade unions, youth organizations, academia, and others to congregate and collaborate.

 

Today, our world has transformed significantly, as globalization, formerly championed by the West, gives way to trade conflicts and military confrontations. The skyrocketing cost of living has made life increasingly challenging for many, while a privileged few continue to amass their wealth at the expense of others, capitalizing on global health and financial crises. Corporate power, short-term state interests and right-wing forces are employing all means possible to undermine democratic participation and the well-being of our societies and the globe at large.

 

Nevertheless, amidst these crises, a spirit of resistance persists and an unwavering pursuit of solutions. Resistance movements aiming to create a better way of life, rooted in justice and equity, are ongoing worldwide. The WSF has become a crucial platform to nurture such resistance and constructive ideas. It stands as an open space, facilitating the exchange of thoughts and experiences, enabling self-organized assemblies to strategize and make impactful decisions. The WSF represents the collective power of people's movements and civil society organizations across the globe, united against neo-liberalism, climate injustice, patriarchy, casteism, racism, and war. Together, they fight for justice, peace, equity, and the protection of nature and our planet.

 

The WSF's charter of principles governs this process. Its facilitating bodies are the International Council (IC), Regional Forums such as the Asia Pacific Social Forum-Facilitation Committee (APSF-FC), and the National Organising Committee (NOC) focusing on WSF2024. After APSF events in 2022 and a meeting in Nepal in early 2023, the International Council decided to hold the 16th assembly of the WSF in the city of Kathmandu, Nepal on February 15th-19th, 2024 with various associated events such as an Intercontinental Youth Forum (to be held on 17th February) and Parliamentary Forum among others.

 

Brief Introduction of Host Country-Nepal

 

Nepal, a country in South Asia, nestled within the Himalayas, boasts both hilly terrain and expansive plains, sharing borders with India and China. The political system of Nepal follows a federal parliamentary republic model. With a rich tapestry of cultural, religious, linguistic, and ethnic diversity, Nepal proudly stands as a democratic nation with a constitutional commitment to socialism. The capital city, Kathmandu, is often referred to as an open museum, adorned with monuments, arts, and vibrant festivals, all set amidst the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal

 

Structure of WSF 2024 Organising Process

 

Linking to the world scale WSF and APSF regional processes respectively facilitated by the International Council and the Asia Pacific Social Forum - Facilitation Committee, Nepal General Council, Nepal Organising Committee, and Sub-Committees have been formed. There are various Sub-Committees working under the NOC for the preparatory activities.


 

Proposed Themes and Programs Detail

 

Proposed Themes:

 

Selecting indicatively some of the following umbrella themes is proposed when registering self-organized activities and assemblies in the WSF2024.  The practical use of this indication is simply that a bottom-up program of activities and assemblies can be sorted by theme for easier consultation, while the topic and title of the activity are autonomously defined as per the interest of the various co-organizing entities assuming it.

 

1.     Economic Inequality and Economic Justice

 

2.     Labour, Migration, Modern Slavery and Trafficking

 

3.     Caste, Discrimination based on Work and Descent (DWD), Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous people, Untouchability, Xenophobia, and all forms of Discrimination

4.     Gender, Sexuality and Identities, and Gender-based violence

5.     Land, Agriculture, Food Sovereignty, Energy and Natural Resources

6.   Peace, Conflict, War, Occupations, Displacements, and Security

7.     Education, Art and Culture

 

8.     Communication, Social Networks and Media (Digital Equality)

9.     Democracy, Human Rights, Authoritarianism, Law and Justice

10.  Health, Social Protection and Equity

 

11.  Climate Justice, Ecology, Just Transitions, Habitat, and Sustainable Development

12.  Women, Children, Youth, Adolescent, Aging people and Persons with Disabilities Social Movements, Civic Space and the Future of the World Social Forum

13.  Social Movements, Civic Space and the Future of the World Social Forum

 

 

Movements and organizations are invited to join thematic spaces of APSF (through this lnk https://www.asiasocialforum.net/join) and contribute to preparing there the thematic panels of the morning. These contacts in various thematic spaces are an occasio to cooperate with other  organizations and prepare  some decision-making assemblies in the afternoon in parallel with other activities.

 

Proposed Programs:

 

The WSF will take place from the 15th to 19th of February 2024, in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The opening ceremony of WSF2024 Nepal will take place on 15th of February in Khula Manch, Kathmandu. The Thematic panels and all the other self-organized activities will be held on 16th-18th February 2024. An Intercontinental Youth Forum will be organized on 17th February 2024 in Kathmandu. The days will start with several thematic panels followed by self-organised activities/sessions/assemblies (approx. 300 activities/sessions in each day are expected) and end with informal meetings in open space and cultural programs. There will be around 900-1000 self-organised activities and assemblies throughout the wsf2024 event.  While  Bhrikuti Mandap will be the main venue of the assemblies, every shift, at least 100 activities/ sessions will be held in multiple locations which are close to the main venue and within walking distance in collaboration with academic institutions namely; Ratna Rajya Campus, Nepal Law Campus, Balmiki Campus, Vishwo Bhasha Campus, Shankerdev Campus. Padma Kanya Campus and Padmodaya High School.

 

 

Program Schedule of WSF2024

 

15th Feb. 2024

Opening of WSF2024          

11:00-12:30: Solidarity March

13:30-16:00: Opening ceremony; panel of international speakers

16:00-18:00: Cultural Program

 

16th -18th Feb. 2024

Thematic panels/activities

9:00-11:00: 4-5 thematic panels per day (*1)

11:30-13:00: Parallel Sessions/Activities (Self-organised)(*2)

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Parallel Sessions/Activities/ (Self-organised)(*2)

16:00-17:30: Parallel Sessions/Activities/ (Self-organised)(*2)

16:30 Onwards: Public Cultural Performances

 

Forums and Assemblies (Self-organised) (*3)

16th-18th Feb 11.30 onwards (single session or two or three sessions combined -various size rooms)

 

19th Feb. 2024

Final Day in Bhrikutimandap Venue

09:30-13:30: Square of statements- booths/tables are provided in big halls, for participants to make contact there with movements and organizations sharing statements outcoming from the panels, activities and assemblies in the previous three days. Simultaneously Cafes and Chautaris are set up outside in the open for informal meetings in relation with those statements and contacts (or not).

13:30- 14:30: Lunch

14:30-16:30: at the same venue: Closing Ceremony (*4) and Cultural Program

 

WSF2024 Associated Events

9:00-17:00: 14 th Feb. 2024 Parliamentary Forum

9:00-17:00: 17 th Feb. 2024 Intercontinental Youth Forum

Others to come.

 

Notes

(*1) The thematic spaces from where to prepare thematic panels are accessible through https://www.asiasocialforum.net/join -

info in https://www.asiasocialforum.net/tcs

(*2) Accessing bigger spaces like halls will be with criteria of having a certain number of co-organizers of the considered

activity/assembly

(*3) Spaces are available for forums and assemblies on 16 th -18 th Feb 2024 from 11:30 onwards. Possibility to register in a

coordinated way several activities in successive sessions, so as to have the same physical space for the duration of those sessions

eg. For an assembly

(*4) No speakers at the closing

 

 

Register now for early mutual visibility in WSF2024.

 

 

WSF2024 Nepal Organizing committee  invites you to:

1) register  your organization  as participant at https://www.wsf2024nepal.org/register.
It will be made visible on https://wsf2024nepal.org/organization-registered-in-wsf   

2) contribute with  the 25 USD 3300 NPR participation fee, that helps us sustain the organizing effort 

3) announce an activity  through your "dashboard" (select activity on left and create on right describe and submit) .

It will be  made publicly visible in : https://wsf2024nepal.org/activities.  Participants can express, as of now, their interest in the activities proposed (button “participate”on each activity proposed). This is fostering early intercommunications  for a better preparation of WSF2024.

 

APSF Thematic Spaces towards WSF2024

Thematic Panels https://www.asiasocialforum.net/

Asia Pacific social forum process thematic spaces (Whatsapp groups) are aligned with WSF2024 umbrella themes. NOC invites you to come in some of those thematic spaces through the join APSF form  https://www.asiasocialforum.net/join. Once included in a space, you can share invitations to your activities to hundreds of organizations present there, and also contribute with some of them to preparing the thematic Panel.

Join World Social Forum Process https://join.wsforum.net/organizations

This website provides mutual visibility on participation in WSF since 2021 (over 2000 organizations and 1200 activities). You can Consult this experience (see purple “WSF process” menu). Create an account and make visible your organizations and your “activities” or “initiatives announced in the months before the WSF2024 event” https://join.wsforum.net/wsf-activities  Indications at https://www.asiasocialforum.net/using-wsfplatforms

Facilitation Process

 

The respective sub-committees under the NOC are all set to facilitate all the domestic and International organisations and participants and delegates in the WSF process right from the stage of registration to the time of the event and beyond.

 

 

Logistics

 

International Travel

 

The majority of international delegates and participants can enter Nepal by air. The main entry point is the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, which serves as the major gateway to Nepal. Kathmandu is well-connected to major Asian hubs through 27 international airlines, including two Nepali carriers. Therefore, traveling to and from these countries is easily accessible. Moreover, traveling by ground entering from India border to Nepal is also accessible. https://www.wsf2024nepal.org/individual/aboutu s/99

 

Visa Requirement

 

 

The Government of Nepal has made obtaining visas easier for international visitors. Most of our distinguished participants can obtain visas on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, or from any other entry points around the country except some particular nationals. However, a few countries citizens need prior visa to enter Nepal. See the link below for detail information. https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/visa-on-arrival

 

 

Accommodation

 

In Kathmandu, there are more than three hundred hotels, resorts and guest houses associated with the

 

Hotel Association Nepal (HAN). https://www.hotelassociation.org.np/

 

The Nepal Organising Committee (NOC) and over a hundred organisations and networks in Nepal will cordially welcome the distinguished participants and delegates representing various forms of people’s movements from all over the world to come and participate in the Forum. Registration will open soon, but you can visit our website for information. You may contact us with your queries.

 

Let us come together to build another world!