Presenting Development and Peace’s World Social Forum panels

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August 10, 2016
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Development and Peace is co-organizing several workshops at the World Social Forum that will feature activists from around the world. These workshops touch on themes that are at the heart of the work of Development and Peace and its partners in the Global South, such as climate change, ecological justice and agroecology.

Here is a presentation of the main workshops we are co-organizing and the panelists who will be speaking each. All these workshops will be held at Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Pavillon Hubert-Aquin (A), room M-050, 400 Ste-Catherine St. East.

Wednesday, August 10th

9 a.m. - 11: a.m.

Our Rivers and Mountains are Not for Sale: Community Struggles for Ecological Justice
Communities around the world are resisting multinational megaprojects and putting forward alternatives to protect their lands. 

This workshop is presented as part of the World Forum on Liberation Theology (WFLT) in collaboration with CIDSE.

Simultaneous translation in French, English and Spanish 

Speakers

Liddy Nacpil, Co-ordinator of Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), Co-coordinator of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ), and member of the global Coordinating Committee of the Global Alliance on Tax Justice (GATJ). She also serves as the Convenor of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice and Vice President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition.

Father Dário Bossi, member of the coordinating team of Justiça nos Trilhos (Justice on the Rails), and member of the Articulação Internacional das Atingidas e Atingidos pela VALE (the International Articulation of those Affected by VALE), the network Iglesias y Minería (the network Churches and Mining), and Red Eclesial Panamzónica (the Pan-Amazonian Ecumenical Network).

Isaac ‘Asume’ Osuoka, Director of Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) in Nigeria and joint coordinator of the Gulf of Guinea Citizens Network (GGCN).

Leana Corea, Deputy Director of the Comité para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca (CODDEFFAGOLF) in Honduras, and member and co-founder of the Asociación Civil Trinacional del Golfo de Fonseca (ACTRIGOLFO), a regional organization that includes Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, Red Manglar Internacional (RMI) and the Movimiento Ambientalista Social del Sur por la Vida (MASS-VIDA).

Jamie Kneen, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at MiningWatch Canada.

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Laudato Si’: A Call for Change

How is Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ contributing to transforming the current global paradigm towards one that is more sustainable and just? What are the various paths that can enable us to save our common home?

This workshop is presented as part of the World Forum on Liberation Theology (WFLT) in collaboration with CIDSE.

Simultaneous translation in French, English and Spanish

Speakers

Father John Patrick Ngoyi, Director of the Commission for Justice, Development and Peace (JDPC) Nigeria, member of the National Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, and African Coordinator for Justice and Peace at the CICM Missionary Institute based in Rome.

Father Ismael Moreno, Director of Radio Progreso and the Fundación ERIC (Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación) in Honduras.

Shalmali Guttal, Executive Director of Focus on the Global South.

Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.

Moema Miranda, Director of the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Research (IBASE) and a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum.

Thursday, August 11th

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How to Advocate to Decision-makers: Tools and Strategies by and for Young People

All over the world, young people are mobilizing to advocate for a more united world. As agents of change involved in their communities, young people are developing strategies to make their voices heard to decision-makers regarding both local, national and international issues. Youth panelists will present their experiences, followed by a participatory workshop to identify all possible action strategies according to different themes.

In collaboration with EQUITAS & FJÎM

Simultaneous translation in French and English

Speakers

Group of youth ages 11-13 years old, representing Equitas and la Maison d’Haïti

Noémie Brière-Marquez, Coordinator, Forum Jeunesse de l’Île de Montréal

Ruva Gwekwerere, National Council youth representative, Development and Peace

Lorena Dangond, Youth member, Development and Peace

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Climate Change: Continued Mobilization and Promotion of Sustainable Lifestyles Post-COP21

It’s urgent to move towards more sustainable ways of living in order to reduce our ecological footprint and work for a fair distribution of natural resources. Following the large mobilization on the occasion of COP21, how do we to continue to mobilize citizens to call for fair and sustainable policies that address climate change? In contrast with the green economy concept, we promote a paradigm shift and a call to a happy de-growth. Young people from different countries will bring experiences on actions they are taking in their regions in order to make climate justice flourish.

In collaboration with CIDSE

Simultaneous translation in French and English

Speakers

Youth member, CCFD- Terre Solidaire France

Samath Kim, Publication and Communications Manager at Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP) in Cambodia

Leana Corea, Deputy Director of the Comité para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca (CODDEFFAGOLF) in Honduras, and member and co-founder of the Asociación Civil Trinacional del Golfo de Fonseca (ACTRIGOLFO), a regional organization that includes Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, Red Manglar Internacional (RMI) and the Movimiento Ambientalista Social del Sur por la Vida (MASS-VIDA).

Janelle Delorme, Manitoba regional animator at Development and Peace

Elodie Ekobena, Youth member of Development and Peace

There will also be a marketplace where groups from around the world, including the Via Campesina and the Global Catholic Climate Movement will present how they are mobilizing youth around the issue of climate change.

Friday, August 12th

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Agroecology for a Healthy Planet

Agroecology, which has been practiced and developed for centuries by small family farmers, presents a response and solution to climate change. This workshop will allow you to learn about experiences with agroecology on various continents and to meet inspiring people for whom agroecology has become a lifestyle.

In collaboration with CIDSE, SUCO, USC Canada, Union Paysanne and La Via Campesina

Simultaneous translation in English and French

Speakers

François Delvaux, Policy and Advocacy Officer at CIDSE

Thibault Mony, Centre paysan, Quebec

Déogratias Niyonkuro, Agronomist and Secretary General of ADISCO in Burundi

Hélène Boyko-Tremblay, Canadian organic farmer and Development and Peace member

Marvin Gomez, Agronomist and Latin America Regional Facilitator at USC Canada

Linda Gagnon, Program Manager, Agri-Environmental Approach at SUCO


1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Climate justice not carbon colonialism! 

This panel discussion and exhibition will present perspectives and expose the reality of carbon offset projects since Kyoto. While not producing real and measurable results in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, carbon markets are actually contributing to impoverishment of communities while rewarding corporate polluters.

In collaboration with Social Action, OSA, GRAIN & KAIROS

Simultaneous translation in English and French

Speakers

Isaac 'Asume' Osuoka, Director of Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) in Nigeria

Devlin Kuyeck, Senior Researcher at GRAIN international

John Dillon, Ecological Economy Program Coordinator at KAIROS Canada

Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) in North America and member of the Global Alliance Against REDD