Pan-Arab Gathering against
Beirut, 3 y 4 November, 2001
The Arab Cause Solidarity
Committee (ACSC, Spain) will participate in the next Pan-Arab
Gathering Against Globalization to be held in Beirut next 3-4
CSCAweb, 30 October, 2001
As part of the action undertaken by the core founding group
made up of dozens of Lebanese, Palestinian, and other Arab activists
and grass-roots organizations towards the setting up of a pan-Arab
anti-globalization movement, "The first Pan-Arab Gathering
Against Globalization: The Challenges of Globalization after
11 September" will be organized at the UNESCO Palace in
Beirut-Lebanon on 3 and 4 November 2001.
International and Arab activists will take part in this event
namely Jose Bouvé of the French Agricultural Unions, Christophe
Aguitton from ATTAC, and Jean Claude Amara of Droits Devant in
addition to several activists from Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon,
Tunisia, Morocco, and others.
The Gathering aims at achieving the following objectives:
- Monitoring the latest international developments and what
is now called "the war on terrorism" and position this
within the current process of
- Encourage debate amongst participants on the various issues
related to globalization through addressing its economic, cultural,
social and political implications.
- Create space and opportunities for exchanging relevant experiences
and for exploring alternatives for various areas and aspects
globalization (women and gender relations, environment, social
benefits, agriculture, rural development, etc.).
- Creating an Arab framework for action.
In order to achieve the above objectives, the main axis of
the Arab Gathering will be the following:
First axis: The new face of globalization (security,
Second axis: Implications of globalization for the Arab
world (economic, social, cultural etc.).
Third axis: Towards an alternative globalization (anti-globalization
The program of the Gathering includes a number of workshops
which address critical issues affected by globalization namely
women, environment, social benefits, agriculture, rural development
as well as other topics.
As part of the preparatory process for the gathering, the
core group suggests that discussions among women and men signatories
take place within their own countries. Arab and local development
organizations are also encouraged to participate actively in