Second Europe-Africa Summit in Portugal - alternative agenda

Tuesday 25 September 2007

The realization in Portugal of the Second Europe-Africa Summit, foreseen for 8 and 9 of December, is an unique chance to place in the agenda the debate about the unequal relations system that has developed between these two continental blocks. It is an important moment to place at debate - between the Portuguese, European and African public opinions - a set of questions that form these relations, such as: the agreements of economic partnerships and the risk of degradation of already today fragile economies; the depredation of wealth and natural resources and the weakness of the alimentary autonomy; the situation of African women; the disrespect for rights of citizenship and liberty of speech; the international indifference before situations of war and genocide; or the restrictive migratory politics offensive to the human rights. As base for alternative proposals, we think that is fundamental that the relations between the two continents are based on solidarity logics, and not of dependence.

In this context, Solidariedade Imigrante joined to a set of organizations aiming to exchange ideas, share experiences and to mobilize wills for what it can be an alternative agenda to the process of preparation of the Summit, promoted by the Portuguese presidency of the European Union. The network counts already with the participation of thirteen national ONG’s - Antena Portuguesa da ARFJN; ATTAC-Portugal; Casa do Brasil; Centro Cultural Africano; CGTP; CIDAC; Desafio Miqueias; Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira; GAIA; Liga para a Protecção da Natureza; OIKOS; Roda Inteira; Solidariedade Imigrante (and in the future, SOS-Racismo)– and intends to organize a set of initiatives that mark the debate on the Europe-à fica relations.

The next initiatives are scheduled for 26 and 27 of September, to be carried through in the scope of the Global Action against the EPA’s, in articulation with the international networks STOP-EPA’s and EPA’s2007 (

Attending to the need of accomplishment of an action that mobilizes organizations and social movements, both European and African, at 8 and 9 of December, and taking into account the difficulties that an initiative of this nature can represent, it was also formed a working group to analyze the materialization conditions and to propose a program of initiatives for these dates. This working group, composed by representatives of ATTAC-Portugal, African Cultural Center, OIKOS and Solidariedade Imigrante, will also proceed to the survey of possible supports and adhesions (national and international) to the initiative, and of human and financial resources that can be available for purposes of its materialization.

The working group will also elaborate a program of actions that is still opened to suggestions. The proposals that are at the table include two possibilities:
- program of three days: 7 (actions of cultural character, end of Friday at evening/night); 8 (morning - debates and work-shops; afternoon - 2 debates on two nuclear subjects; night - concert); 9 (morning - meetings of networks and movements; beginning of the afternoon - street action);
- program of one day: 8 - thematic debates during the day; night - concert/ cultural initiative. The action program will be adapted according to the conditions for its materialization.

On that direction, the Association Solidariedade Imigrante appeals to your organization to adhere to this network of initiatives and asks for information on:
- your availability to support it, in terms of human resources (voluntary or not) and financial;
- proposals of initiatives to organize until (and in) December;
- others ways of participation.

We would also like that you spread this appeal to your contact network of NGO’s (national and international).

We also appeal to your participation in the foreseen initiatives of 27 September, in the scope of the Global Action against the EPA’s.

Associação Solidariedade Imigrante

Rita Silva

Associação Solidariedade Imigrante Rua da Madalena, nº8, 2º andar, 1100-321 Lisboa tel/fax: +351218870713

for more informations, please contact Camila Lamarão +351914194013 Lídia Fernandes +351964524818 Rita Silva +351916419605

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