World Social Forum

"We are La Via Campesina"


Watch a new video by La Via Campesina!

(Zimbabwe, Harare, August 18, 2015) We are happy to release a new Video by La Via Campesina , the international peasant movement. In this video, men and women, leaders of La Via Campesina member organizations in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe share their struggles and fight for food sovereignty, social and climate justice.

Again, in the film (shot during the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunisia), we hear peasant´s experiences about solidarity, women struggles, land, seeds, water, etc...

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Global Justice Movements Converge on Revolutionary Ground

Salena Tramel

Collective adrenaline ran high as the World Social Forum opened on March 24 in Tunis. It had not yet been five years since a peaceful revolution brought a dictatorship long backed by Western political superpowers to its knees and ignited the fire of the Arab Spring that burns to this day. And it had not yet been a week since shooters stormed the Bardo Museum, killing 22, and retesting the resolve of a delicately budding democracy.

Tens of thousands of delegates from across the globe converged in Tunis not only to show support for Tunisian sovereignty, but also to share their own local struggles and solutions while advocating change in the face of interlinked systemic injustices. The opening march easily demonstrated the diversity of the constituency--bands of Tunisian students in perfect stride with Latin American labor organizers and Sub-Saharan African small-scale food producers, knit together by the unraveling food, climate, energy, and financial crises.

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UAWC participates in the World Social Forum in Tunis

2015-UAWC WSF participation.jpegWithin Via Campesian's Activities UAWC participates in the World Social Forum in Tunis

(Tunisia, Tunis, March 2015) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees represented Palestine and lead the Arab World delegation in La Via Campesina's activities within the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis. La Via Campesina delegation included representatives from France, Senegal, Brazil, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Mali, Norway, Chile, Nicaragua, Belgium, and Sweden. The representatives emphasized on continuing the fight to accomplish farmers' rights. UAWC participated with La Via Campesina in the WSF's opening demonstration raising the Palestinian flag with other international activists and organizations.

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Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly – World Social Forum 2015

Tunisia, Tunis, 27 March 2015

The people, united, will never be defeated!

The Social Movements Assembly of the WSF 2015, Tunisia is the place where we come together through all our diversity, in order to forge a collective agenda to fight against capitalism, imperialism, patriarchy, racism and all forms of discrimination and oppression.

We have forged a common history and a common stream of work which led to some progress, with the hope to garner some amount of victory against the ruling system and to create several alternatives for a socially just development that respects nature.

People all over the world are suffering the effects of the aggravation of a profound crisis of capitalism, in which private transnational corporations, banks, media conglomerates and international financial institutions are trying to increase their profits by applying interventionist and neocolonial policies with the complicity of neo-liberal governments.

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To Reclaim Our Future, We Must Change the Present: Our Proposal for Changing the System and not the Climate

The capitalist system has exploited and abused nature, pushing the planet to its limits, so much so that the system has accelerated dangerous and fundamental changes in the climate.

Today, the severity and multiplicity of weather changes – characterized by droughts, desertification, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, forest fires and the melting of glaciers and sea ice – indicate that the planet is burning. These extreme changes have direct impacts on humans through the loss lives, livelihoods, crops and homes all of which have led to human displacement in the form of forced migration and climate refugees on a massive an unprecedented scale.

Humanity and nature are now standing at a precipice. We can stand idle and continue the march into an abysmal future too dire to imagine, or we can take action and reclaim a future that we have all hoped for.

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Tunis 2013: If we rely on corporate seed, we lose food sovereignty


It has become crucial to defend seeds. In the past 20 or 30 years, what was once seen as normal – peasant farmers growing, selecting, saving and exchanging seeds – has come under attack from corporations seeking to control and commodify the very basis of agriculture.

This was the subject of the session at the World Social Forum in Tunis on Peasant Seeds jointly organized on March 28, 2013 by La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and the ETC Group.

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