Another world is possible

The II World Social Forum on Migrations “Another world is possible” will be held in Madrid Region (Spain), in the municipality of Rivas Vaciamadrid, from June 22nd to 24th, 2006, and will involve more than 1.800 participants from the five continents. The Islamic Culture Foundation will participate with an exhibition about islamic culture and civilization, in the past and nowadays.

The World Social Forum on Migrations is an opportunity for democratic debate of ideas, reflection and launching of proposals. It is also a place to exchange experiences and establish social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberal globalisation. This globalisation is spearheaded by multinational companies which serve their own interests and aim to maintain their dominant position. The consequences of this control are, among others, restrictions to the recognition of citizenship, as well as restrictions to civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Another consequence is free movement of capital which is not accompanied by the free movement of people.

The creation of a global society

The Forum is part of a worldwide process which seeks the construction of a different world, that of a planetary society oriented to a mutually beneficial relationship between human beings with the land, and among human beings themselves. This relationship would consolidate a supportive globalisation in which the rights of displaced people and their integration in countries of arrival are recognized. After the first world meeting, which took place in 2005 in Porto Alegre (Brazil), the idea is to set up a permanent world process which intends to seek worldwide solutions.

A major characteristic of the World Social Forum on Migrations is plurality and the diversity. It is non-political, non-governmental and aconfessional. It intends to promote the formation of organizations and movements on specific actions, at the local, regional and international scale, with the objective of improving the conditions of displaced persons; migrants, refugees and stateless persons.

In addition this event will also host diverse activities, including concerts, street art, food from different cultures, film shows and so on.