Civil society groups to attend BRICS summit in Goa for two days


The two day BRICS summit will be held in Goa from 15 and 16 October in which several Civil society groups will participate in the meeting. The meeting would emphasize on voice resistance against neo-liberalism.

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“Hundreds of people, representing various social movements, trade unions, academia and civil society formations from BRICS countries will assemble in Goa on October 13-14  to participate in the People’s Forum on BRICS and share analysis, struggle notes and build solidarity in the resistance against neo-liberalism and corporate globalisation,” organizers said.

The meeting will be held between October 15-16 at Alto Porvorim, Goa in which several delegates will participate.

“Goa has been an active site of struggle against neo-liberalism, women empowerment and environmental justice. Groups from Goa along with other Indian organisations will jointly host the event which will include plenaries, self-organised workshops, cultural events and films,” the event organizers said.

“The opening plenary will see Medha Patkar of the National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM) and several other eminent leaders of social movements welcoming the gathering,” it added.

During the meeting, the issues including imperialism, peace and security, finance, investment and trade, corporate power, food and agriculture, governance of natural resources, economy and labour, science and technology, public services, civil and human rights will be discussed.

“Humanity is facing a civilisational crisis and we are witnessing the impacts of developmental choices we have made over centuries. Nation-states, multilateral global and regional forums like the UN, ASEAN, SAARC, BRICS have tried to intervene and work ways out of this crisis,” Patkar said.

“But the state centric intervention and management have in fact been responsible to large extent for the crisis in the first place. So, any new alternatives have to have people at the heart of it,” she said.

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