Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sao Paulo Forum 18th Begins in Caracas

The eighteenth meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum began on Wednesday with an examination of the political situation in Latin America and Caribbean, via the participation of about 600 representatives of political parties and leftist and progressive movements in the region. The event, which will be held until Friday, represents the unity and diversity of the left-wing, according to the criteria expressed by the forum's executive secretary, Walter Pomar, of the Workers' Party (PT) of Brazil.

The participation of a broad group "allows us to express the diversity of the Latin American left-wing. This gives us the ability to debate and a much improved ability to be effective," Pomar told Venezolana de Television.

According to Rodrigo Cabezas, member of the national leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), this edition of the Forum is focused on the challenges of regional integration in a political and economic environment that will allow for comprehensive development of Latin American peoples.

In that regard is expected that the integration processes in Latin America and Caribbean will be reviewed in order to update the Action Plan for the 84 parties and leftist groups that are members of the Forum.

Checkout the Final Declaration from the 17th Meeting of the São Paulo Forum