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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

OneWorld, the online network for 1500+ human rights + sustainable development organisations, has released a special report website on the World Social Forum

"Another world is possible" is the motto of the World Social Forum, now underway in Porto Alegre, Brazil (January 23-28) at which over 100, 000 social activists + anti-poverty campaigners are expected to attend. With over 5000 organisations represented from over 120 countries, the WSF has become the world's largest gathering of non-governmental organisations and pressure groups.

Their aim is to create "an open meeting place where groups and movements of civil society opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism, but engaged in building a planetary society centred on the human person, come together..." to pursue their thinking, debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share experiences + network for action.

OneWorld Special Report on the World Social Forum offers:

* Latest coverage from OneWorld correspondents and others on the ground in Porto Alegre

* News from development, human rights + civil society organisations as well as alternative news sources

* Background, comment + analysis on the World Social Forum and related issues

* Links to main Social Forum sites and regional Forums including recent European Social Forum reports

* Links to OneWorld full coverage sections on related topics like civil society, democracy, development, economy, globalisation, governance + human rights.

* Links to related guides on development, media democracy, structural adjustment programmes, UN + the WTO.