Social and Ecological Paths to Peace Webinar

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Date(s) - Saturday - Oct 7, 2023
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Peace, environmental and solidarity activists from Eastern and Western Europe are seeing the need to discuss disarmament for a socio-ecological transition and together oppose repression in the East and the West. Also discussed in special sessions are The Climate Movement and social and peace challenge and Social struggles in Central and Eastern Europe and environmental and peace challenges. This convergence also present next steps as the World Social Forum and an Assembly of movements which is going to take place in February 2024 in Nepal as well as other initiatives as European Common Space for Alternatives to be held in April ahead of the elections to the EU parliament.

Three Russians, two from Ukraine and Hungary and others living in Armenia, Romania, Czechia, Austria, Sweden, Germany and the UK will participate. Thus most of the speakers come from the European and global hotspots of our time in Eastern Europe. In these countries there are activists who are hope for the future as they simultaneously raise issues of militarization, the cost of living crisis, the war economy, peace, repression, climate justice and environmental protection.

So please inform about the webinar and be part of a growing global convergence for disarmament for social well-being and the environment:

Social and Ecological Paths to Peace

7 October CEST 10:30 – 17:00

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10:30: Universal Disarmament for a Socio-Ecological Transition
Leo Gabriel, IC WSF
Aram Amirbekian, independent journalist, Yerevan, Armenia
Andriy Movchan, Ukrainian left activist
Igor Gotlib, St Petersburg, Russia
Sean Conner, IPB

12:00: Stop repression in the East and the West
Oksana Chelysheva, Russian political refugee and human rights activist
Yurii Sheliazhenko, Ukrainian pacifist movement
Aleksej Sachnin, left wing Russian political refugee

13:00 Lunch

14:00: The Climate Movement and social and peace challenge

Dorothy Guerrero, Global Justice Now and Demand Climate Justice, UK
Tord Björk, Friends of the Earth Sweden
Matěj Stropnický, Green and social activist, Czechia

Take Back the Future and Action week for social and climate justice, Sweden tbc

15:00: Social struggles in Central and Eastern Europe and environmental and peace challenges
Enikő Vincze, feminist and housing activist, Romania
Vera Zalka, Attac Hungary
György Droppa, social environmentalist, Hungary

16:00: Next steps:
WSF in Nepal 2024
World Assembly for Struggles and resistance of WSF including declaration process
Mesoamerican, CEE and other assemblies towards WSF
Global Tapestry of Alternatives and Adelante towards WSF and beyond
European Common Space for Alternatives
Take Back the Future and Fridays for Future
Global Climate Justice Campaigns
Food Sovereignty and Via Campesina initiatives
CADTM and IMF and World Bank counterconferences
International Peoples Assembly
No to NATO gathering in Rome
Global Campaign on military spending etc

17:00 end

Following up its participation in the Vienna International Conference on Peace in the Ukraine (June 10th and 11th, 2023) the “Prague Spring II Network against far right extremism and populism” founded in 2010 in the framework of the European Social Forum has organized this webinar in order to promote a Universal Disarmement and a political solution to all military conflicts and particularly the war in the Ukraine.

Applying this orientation to our present-day reality of multiple and multipolar crises we could design an action program around our claims for: UNIVERSAL DISARMAMENT FOR A SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL TRANSITION highlighting the needs for a radical reform of the existing structures of the so called “Nation States”.  This convergence will also be considered as a contribution to the Assembly of movements of the World Social Forum which is going to take place in February 2024 in Nepal.

You can read more about WSF 2024 here (official website yet to come):

People and Peace Network/Nätverket Folk och Fred is a network connecting Swedish-speaking environmental, transition and peace movements: