Building together a common agenda for another urgent and necessary world

The 14th edition of the World Social Forum, held in Mexico City, ended on May 6, coinciding with the commemoration of World Workers’ Day on May 1.

We publish below in its entirety the Final Declaration of the WSF 2022, which calls to build in unity and urgency, the “other world” possible and necessary.

BUILDING TOGETHER A COMMON AGENDA FOR ANOTHER URGENT AND NECESSARY WORLD

1- This 14th edition of the WSF 2022 started on Sunday May 1st with a march that coincided with the World Labor Day commemoration events. The WSF 2022, which took place from May 1 to 6 in Mexico City, is the first face-to-face and remote (hybrid) international meeting since the emergence of Covid in 2019.

2- The pandemic, which continues to wreak havoc around the world, has not prevented representatives of associations, collectives and social movements from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe to meet in Mexico City.

3- This WSF 2022 had to face obstacles that hindered or prevented the presence of representatives from several countries, especially from Africa and Asia. We denounce the refusal of visas to members of delegations from several countries and the prevention by the immigration authorities of several of our colleagues from entering the country.

4- More than 3,000 participants from autonomous women’s and feminist movements, youth, members of diverse sexualities, trade unionists, communities of indigenous peoples, social church, environmentalists, anti-racists, urban movement, the countryside, migrant organizations and many other social spheres; of more than 30 countries from four continents in 789 workshops and assemblies held in 15 places in the historic center of Mexico City and social organizations in more than 50 halls, patios and auditoriums, in addition to their epicenter in tents in the Plaza de Santo Domingo, invited to think, discuss and imagine actions to change the world. Topics covered included climate, land-friendly agriculture, sustainable economy, human rights, feminism, minorities, education, workers’ rights, culture, communication, self-determination of peoples… and so many other subjects! It is already certain that this forum will give rise to many collective actions which will be launched without delay.

5- The movements face various challenges resulting from the irrational exploitation of natural resources such as water, land and space, which accelerate climate change, migratory flows, population displacements and with them the destructuring of our societies. This economic, social and cultural violence is a form of permanent war to which humanity is subjected, which can only be stopped by a radical change of system.

6- Governments have used the pandemic to attack democratic freedoms, promote various restrictions on people’s rights and, above all, give unjustified power to large private laboratories, the first beneficiaries of a universal pandemic caused by the irrational action of capitalism.

7- The dominant policies of austerity and structural adjustment are reaffirmed. Neoliberal arrogance prevails. Destabilization, wars, violent repression and instrumentalization of terrorism are needed in all regions. Reactionary ideological currents and far-right populisms are increasingly active.

8- WSF Mexico 2022 is a step in the construction of a new phase of alterglobalization. Each phase of alterglobalization responds to the dominant logic of capitalism in its neoliberal phase and relies on forms of mobilization.

9- The WSF 2022 was marked by this global situation, it was rather oriented towards resistance. Social movements and citizens are aware of the urgency of defining strategic orientations. They affirmed that the need for resistance does not nullify the contradictions and that all possibilities remain open.

10- This year, another form of war broke out, that of Ukraine, a product of the Russian invasion of that country. Faithful to its origins and to the Charter of Principles, the WFTU denounces this invasion, the death of thousands of civilians and the use of murderous violence whose effects are already being felt throughout the world. This new scenario of war is added to many others where the people suffer the consequences. Peoples must find a way to build peace.

11. The apartheid of the State of Israel, the war in Syria, Iraq, Mali, Afghanistan and elsewhere between the imperialist world powers is the sublime expression of their pettiness and their clumsy contest for hegemony world where, in the end, there will be no winners or losers, only desolation and death for our peoples.

12- The challenge of the World Social Forum 2022 was high. In a deeply contradictory global situation, it has made it possible to: redefine an alter-globalist proposal corresponding to the new situation; understand the new contradictions of the world system; starting from the resistance movements, defining alternatives, building a new project of emancipation.

Another world is possible and together we must build it!

Jennifer C. Burleigh