Global Greens 2nd Congress

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Dakar 2012 was a series of interlinked meetings, discussions and decision-making forums held in Dakar, Senegal from March 27th - April 1st 2012.  The Congress set the agenda for Global Green political action in the coming decade. Green-minded friends from all over the world gathered to join us for an exciting, productive and inspiring gathering hosted by: Global Greens Coordination, African Greens, FEDES (Fédération Démocratique des Ecologistes du Sénégal) and the Global Young Greens.

Dakar 2012 included:

  • Global Greens 2012, the third Congress of the Global Greens, starting on the evening of Thursday 29 March and finishing on the afternoon of Sunday 1 April.
  • Global Young Greens Congress, the third GYG Congress, from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 March.
  • Rio+20 Forum, Thursday 29 March.
  • Side meetings including African Greens, Asia Pacific Greens, Federation of Green Parties of the Americas and more.

Documentation: Resolutions, Program, Workshops, Papers & Presentations, Congress Procedures, Rio+20 Forum, Speakers.

Report:

The Global Greens attending the Dakar2012 Global Congress, which closed today in Senegal, adopted a series of resolutions to pave the way to stronger and even more cohesive green politics worldwide. Representatives of over 70 green parties from across the world met for three days during this third Global Congress, the first in Africa, and tackled issues such as solidarity, democracy, biodiversity, climate change, and the future of the Global Greens movement.

The Global Greens also addressed the issue of Bhopal in a workshop, which resulted in a resolution accepted unanimously asking for the full accountability of Dow Chemical for the 1984 gas leak, one of the world's worst ever industrial catastrophes.

The Green Chart was discussed and amended, including opposition to war crimes and sexualized violence. On the issue of climate change, the Greens push for the adoption of international instruments to curb impacts of air and sea transport on climate. 

Solidarity towards world populations like Tibetans and Syrian was unanimous, reminding how the issue of a democratic society and respect for human rights are central to green politics.

"Africa is becoming an engine for democracy, both sustainable and green. The Arab spring has been for instance an open call for fundamental changes in politics and society, and an historical opportunity for the entire region. Women have been instrumental in this change: they were in the streets, taking an active role and trying to bring about change to their society", said Haidar El Ali, President of FEDES, the Green Party of Senegal.

"With the recent presidential elections and Macky Sall being elected as the new leader of the country, Senegal has seen the success of democracy, and we are confident it will continue to lead the way with the forthcoming parliamentary elections in June".


Current EGP General Secretary Jacqueline Cremers: "I am extremely happy and proud to have participated in Congress here in Dakar. It has been an exciting one, right after the presidential campaign and before the upcoming parliamentary elections. I was here to assist in advancing the organisation of the Global Greens and the passing of the motion on the future of the Global Greens will help this process to move ahead; to build, to structure and to professionalise, just like the work I have been doing with the Greens in Europe".

Juan Behrend, former Secretary General of the EGP and current member of the Global Greens Coordination was very pleased with the success of the first Congress in Africa, "I was happy to see in this congress many attempts to improve our thematic cooperation, including an emergent women’s network, and the Green economy".

Keli Yen, Director of the Taiwan Green Party and convenor of the Asia Pacific Greens Network described the event as "like gathering around an oasis, where we able to talk together as humans about profound issues such as poverty, hunger and sustainability, and what we as Greens can do about it".

Venezuelan Green Manuel Diez, recently elected co-president of the Green Federation of the Americas, was also at the Congress, and was delighted to see "such as strong environmental policy platform emerge from the Global Greens in advance of the Rio+20 talks in Brazil, in the hopes that we as Greens can contribute to a change in environmental politics".

Country: 
Senegal
City: 
Dakar
Meeting Type: 
GG 2nd Congress
Event Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 12 to Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 12
Party: 
Hosted by the Senegalese Greens