How Class Works
At the How Class Works - 2002 Conference, panels included; 7.0 Class, Race, and the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa
- Zwelinzima Vavi
Congress of South African Trade Unions
Global Progressive Forum, Brussels 2009
Progressives from all over the world are getting together in Brussels on April 2-3, 2009 at the Global Progressive Forum to discuss how to create a better globalization for people.
The Global Progressive Forum brings together politicians, trade unions, NGOs and progressive representatives of international organizations. Participants confirmed to date include President Bill Clinton, Pascal Lamy, Howard Dean, Barney Frank, Helen Clark, Antonio Guterres, Vandana Shiva, Salima Ghezali, Susan George, Zwelinzima Vavi, Aminata Traore, Chico Whitaker and many more. The challenges are finding new answers to the global crisis – including economic and financial crisis, food crisis and climate and energy crisis – and stepping up efforts to work together to reshape globalization.
Key moments include
- Opening event at 15.00 on Thursday 2 April with President Bill Clinton
- Workshop 1: Progressive politics in Globalization at 16.00 on Thursday 2 April with Howard Dean
- Workshop 10: A New direction for capitalism at 9.00 on Friday 3 April with Pascal Lamy and Barney Frank
- ‘Time for a Global New Deal’ at 12.00 on Friday 3 April: Signing of declaration for a better globalization with high level politicians, trade unionists and NGO representatives and outstanding international personalities.
The Global Progressive Forum is timed to coincide with the G20 meeting in London and the NATO anniversary events in Strasbourg.
Some 2,000 participants are expected over the two days including many PES activists and young progressives from all over Europe as well as trade unionists, NGOs and students.
16.15-17.30 Workshop 1 - Progressive politics in globalisation (Hemicycle)
- Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont and former Chair of Democratic National Committee, USA
- Chico Whitaker, Co-founder and member of the organising committee of the World Social Forum, Brazil
- Wanja Lundby-Wedin, President of LO, Sweden
- Zwelinzima Vavi, Secretary General of the, Congress of South African Trade Unions, COSATU, South Africa
- Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the PES, MEP, former Prime Minister of Denmark