The Global Progressive Forum (GPF) is a common initiative of the Party of European Socialists, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, and the Foundation for European progressive Studies ??, supported by SOLIDAR. The GPF sprang up from the success of the first World Social Forum held in January 2001 in Porto Alegre, in Brazil. Since its creation in 2003, the GPF has brought together academics and researchers, politicians and decision-makers, as well as civil society and trade union leaders (and activists) from Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, India, and Latin America to discuss and propose alternatives to the negative aspects of the current Globalization process which specifically affects people in need.
The Global Progressive Forum is first and foremost an alternative vision of the world: a world where people circulate freely - without speculation. . A world where people decide on their future - not financial markets. A world where solidarity is the rule - not competition. A world where people have a decent work, and a decent life. That's why and shared its motto from its creation : "Another world is possible". The GPF commitment to the world social forum has remained strong in the last years, especially through its active support and presence at the 2011 and 2013 editions in Dakar and Tunis.
This legislative term started with the worst financial crisis since the Second World War, which turned very soon into an economic, debt, social and political crisis, a world crisis of inequalities - a strong momentum for radical political change. This crisis is a crisis of global unbalances, caused by an uncontrolled, neoliberal globalization. Citizens realize that we live in a very unbalanced world. Money, profits and speculation circulate freely around the world, without much control, while it is more and more difficult for people to circulate, with restrictive immigration policies and border controls. Financial markets are globalized, but regulations, where there exist; remain national - sometimes regional in the case of the EU. Crises are international, but crisis management remains largely national or intergovernmental. Competition is international, but its social consequences touch local communities, local economies, local employment. Long before the crisis started, the Global progressive Forum denounced these imbalances and sought to develop an alternative, with a priority given to job creation.
The Global Progressive Forum also rises from this strong belief, that only progressive forces, if they join together, can make another world possible. The forum therefore has worked at bringing together trade unions, civil society organisations, social democrats, socialist and labour leaders, but also progressive thinkers and researchers, to discuss their common vision and how to bring change. Working together with the civil society, by developing common purposes, common thinking and common campaigns, has been one of the key priorities. It has given birth to the regulate global finance and Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) and No Tax Haven campaigns, among others, and to the Next Left Economic Circle, bringing together left wing economists to develop an alternative economic response to the crisis. Together, they reflected and fought for a new economic model: an economic model that is sustainable on the long term, for people and the planet; an economic model where growth delivers decent jobs and fund social protection, a model of inclusive society where human dignity and human rights are at the center of any public policy.
The Forum worked at promoting democracy and social progress, together with global progressive forces around the world. Our strong support to the Arab revolutions through the "Listening to the Mediterranean" project, the creation of the Arab Social democratic Forum (ASDF) in 2013 and the Social Justice in the Middle East and North Africa project launched at the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunis, through the organisation of meetings, seminars and high-level conferences, is one of the essential achievements of this legislative period. Beyond the Arab World, initiatives aimed at developing global progressive networks, in Latin America, Europe or Africa.
Javier Moreno Sanchez
Secretary General of the GPF