Summit News Updates

November 6, 2006

The Social Summit for Peoples’ Integration will take place in Cochabamba, Bolivia over a four day period – December 6-9, with opportunities in the programme for organizing self-generated events as well as preparing sector-specific interventions. The Social Summit is being coordinated by the Bolivian Movement for Sovereignty and Integration with Solidarity, and the Hemispheric Social Alliance.

If you speak Spanish, you can visit the Social Summit site at www.integracionsolidaria.org

English translations of key documents related to this Summit will be posted periodically on this Common Frontiers' site.

 

Common Frontiers' Information Page
Social Summit
for Peoples' Integration

Dec 6 - 9, 2006
Cochabamba, Bolivia

 


January 24, 2007

Bolivia's Government Faces Right-Wing Offensive
Popular forces struggle for unity against attacks

Evo Morales just celebrated his first anniversary as president of Bolivia. Despite many accomplishments by his government, it now faces a potentially destabilizing right-wing offensive, while Popular forces struggle for unity against a growing number of attacks .

- Read an in depth look at the current situation.


December 14, 2006

Rick Arnold's Summit Journal

The fifth and final installment of Rick's Summit Journal.

- Reflections on the two Summits held in Cochabamba, Bolivia


December 13, 2006

Cochabamba Manifesto

This just in - the Social Summit's Cochabamba Manifesto in English.

- Read the document in English


December 12, 2006

More Photos from the Social Summit

Stadium crowd photoMark Hathaway and Jim Marshall were part of the Common Frontiers delegation in Cochabamba, representing the United Church of Canada. They've posted a set of five albums of photos to their site, including the final act in the stadium with 35,000 people in attendance. Click on the photo on the left to head over to their photo site and explore all the pictures.

- Link to the photo pages

 


December 9, 2006

Rick Arnold's Summit Journal

The final assembly of the Social Summit for People´s Integration took place on December 8th in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Part way through hearing 14 report-backs from the Summit´s earlier thematic area discussions, news broke that the recently elected President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa was coming to talk to the 3000 people overflowing the coliseum...<more>
- Read the rest of Rick's latest post - The Final Assembly


December 8, 2006

Rick Arnold's Summit Journal

It has been some 25 years since I was last in Cochabamba and the city has changed! It is easily three times the size than it was back then, and it now ranks as the fourth largest city in Bolivia...<more>
- Read the rest of Rick's third post - Getting to know Cochabamba


December 7, 2006

Rick Arnold's Summit Journal

Common Frontiers' Executive Director Rick Arnold is in Cochabamba, Bolivia for the Social Summit for Peoples' Integration. Throughout the week, he'll be posting regular updates of what is happening.
- Read his second post - Opening Ceremonies
- See some pictures from the event in our Gallery


December 3, 2006

Rick Arnold's Summit Journal

Common Frontiers' Executive Director Rick Arnold is in Cochabamba, Bolivia for the Social Summit for Peoples' Integration. Throughout the week, he'll be posting regular updates of what is happening.
- Read his first post - Enroute to Cochabamba
- See some pictures from the event


December 1 , 2006

On November 22 and 23, in Santiago, Chile, a vice-ministerial level meeting was held to discuss the draft of the declaration to be issued by the 12 South American Presidents meeting in Cochabamba December 8 and 9, and to determine the agenda of the meetings in that city. A group of delegates representing social movements and organizations led by the Hemispheric Social Alliance met first with the Chilean vice-minister and later with the vice-ministers from the other countries to present them with a civil society contribution to the discussion of integration in the South American context.
- Read the English translation of this document


November 8, 2006

The Second Summit of South American heads-of-state is taking place in Cochabamba, Bolivia December 8-9, 2006. Its purpose is to discuss the building of the Community of South American Nations (CSAN).

Bolivian President Evo Morales has sent the following proposal to the other 11 Presidents in South America, as well as to the people of South America. His proposal is a fascinating new window on what the CSAN could aspire to become. He has entitled his proposal "Let's construct a real Community of South American Nations in order to 'live well'."
- Read the full text of the letter


November 7, 2006

Key objectives for the Social Summit for Peoples' Integration

Social Summit for Peoples’ Integration will have four over-riding components:

  1. A place to demonstrate continuity in the resistance to FTAs (NAFTA, SPP, CAFTA, bilateral FTAs and etc.)
  2. An opportunity to move forward in a hemispheric-level design of alternatives for a peoples’ integration in the Americas.
  3. A key moment for the popular sectors to have an influence on the official South American integration agenda that will be discussed by the 12 South American governments at the II South American Community of Nations Summit meeting to be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on December 8-9, 2006.
  4. A time to continue to build, strengthen and further articulate the social movements in the Americas.

 

Suggested theme areas to be tackled in lead-up to Dec. Social Summit

Some key thematic areas around which to be developing an alternative vision - a vision that is as concrete as possible:

TOP FOUR

* Energy
* Original Peoples
* Financing
* Asymmetries

OTHERS OF IMPORTANCE

* Water
* Biodiversity
* Agriculture and food sovereignty
* Health and education
* Decent employment
* Human rights
* Infrastructure
* Migration
* Defence-militarization
* Institutionality (People-centered State/governance structures)

 

 


Whether you're planning to attend yourself, or if you just want to stay up-to-date on what's happening, check back often. We'll be posting news updates and other relevant information as we get it.

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