Debt and Austerity: From the Global South to Europe Global Gathering: Athens, Greece 6th-8th May 2011

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Debt and Austerity: From the Global South to Europe

Global Gathering: Athens, Greece 6th-8th May 2011

We would like to invite you to attend a ground-breaking global gathering in Athens, Greece at the beginning of May which will bring debt justice and social justice activists together from Europe and the Global South. As debt and austerity create inequality and poverty within Europe, this event will work toward developing a common understanding of the financial crisis among trade unions, social movements and NGOs, as well as focusing on forming coherent plans for common activities and demands for economic justice. The meeting will also formally support the launch of the call for a debt audit commission in Greece.

Debt audits have been a key means of people challenging their country’s unjust debts, educating and empowering citizens and creating space for a more people-centred form of economics. Debt audits are a key call of many Southern campaigners, some of whom will travel to Greece to discuss the way that audits and other demands for debt justice can help build a new financial and economic model.

The seminar is aimed at social movements, trade unions and NGOs. The meeting will also support Greek activists in their planning for greater social and economic justice and attract international media attention through public sessions and a press conference. The conference will launch an official declaration of solidarity and support for the proposed Greek debt audit and highlight common concerns among Northern and Southern debt and social justice groups.

Sessions include:

  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the nature, relevance and politics of debt in Europe and globally
  • Learning the lessons of debt and austerity from the global South
  • Exploring the resurgence of the IMF and of austerity in Europe and globally
  • Exploring the implications of restructuring, repudiating and paying the debt

A full agenda and practical information will be available in the coming days.

We will be joined by speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Tunisia and from across Europe, including deeply indebted European countries.

The conference is supported by: the European Network on Debt and Development, the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt, the Bretton Woods Project UK, Research Money and Finance, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Afri (Action from Ireland), Jubilee Debt Campaign UK, the Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización Spain.

The seminar costs will be free (or with a small voluntary contribution). Groups and individuals will need to fundraise their travel costs independently.

For more details please contact:
Greece: Christina
Ireland: Nessa Ní Chasaide 01 6174835 / Andy Storey
UK: Nick Dearden + 44 207 324 4722
Rest of Europe: Øygunn Brynildsen +32 2 894 4645

We hope many of you will join us!

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  1. Ms Rabbiya Bajwa

    June 11, 2011 10:01 pm

    Being a member of CADTM pakistan i show my deepest concern and solidaridty with the issue.I think aggitation against cruel DEBTS POLITICS is really a call of the day and a very good opportunity for progressive,secular and anti imperilist political forces to unite at INT level.I congraulate all participants of the recent event and massive participation of commerades and activists from all over the world,to re iterrate teir commitment with the cause that NEW WORLD IS POSSIBLE so and we are here to make that world ….RABBIYA BAJWA advocate/human rights activist,Lahore ,PAKISTSN.