Global Solidarity Summit

Hamburg, 5-6 July, 2017, Kampnagel, Hamburg

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Opening panel:

Globalization reloadedThe G20 and global crisis management

Neoliberal globalization brought about the major crisis of capitalism which has taken on different forms since 2007—from the mortgage crisis in the US to the global financial crisis to the crisis of the euro, which in the end undermined European cohesion and provoked political crises in a number of countries. We are currently confronted with a rise of authoritarian populism, nationalism, and racism, as well as protectionist tendencies. The G20 considers itself a global crisis manager, but given the opposing national interests and political approaches taken by Trump, Merkel, Erdogan, and others, is it capable of taking action at all? How is BRICS, the club of rising economic powers, positioning itself in light of changing political and economic power relationships? Does it stand for alternatives or for old wine in new bottles?

What do changes in the work environment due to digitalization and automation mean for workers’ rights and union representation? What are the implications of post-industrialism in our societies and catch-up development in the global South? How are we handling new technologies to combat global warming? How are all these challenges changing social and gender relations? How can deepening of the inequality between and within our countries be prevented?

Keynote lecture:

Vandana Shiva, Civil rights activist and ecologist, Right Livelihood Award Laureate

Panel discussion with:

Vandana Shiva

Valter Sanches (General Secretary IndustriALL Global Union, Brazil)

Patrick Bond (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Barbara Unmüßig (Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany)

Facilitators: Silke Helfrich (Commons Strategies Group, Germany), Ulrich Brand (University of Vienna, Austria)


12:30 to 2:00 pm Lunch break


2:00 to 4:00 pm

Panel 1: An economy for whom?

The G20 is trying to lubricate the engine of the global economy through neoliberal policies. It aims to fight poverty and reduce inequality through “inclusive growth.” But this formula isn’t working: the gap between rich and poor is growing. The investment and growth policies of the G20 are heating the planet and destroying the natural foundations of the livelihoods of those people who are already marginalized. The consequences are inequality and lack of opportunities, people fleeing home, migrating, or joining the “Islamic State.” As long as the root causes are not tackled, they cannot be successfully eliminated: profit maximization for a few in place of an economic system that enables the needs of all to be satisfied. The rule of law and a citizens’ democracy in place of the powerful possessing a license to larceny.

This panel seeks to analyze and criticize as well as to provide suggestions for setting the course toward an economic system based on cooperation that recognizes and values care work as a mainstay, an economic system that serves people, not vice versa. It is not the alternatives which are utopian. And it is dystopian to assume that the old system is sustainable and suitable for our grandchildren!


Markus Wissen, (Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin)

Nick Hildyard (Corner House London, UK)

Friederike Habermann (Author and independent movement activist, Berlin)

Facilitator: Ute Scheub (Journalist, Berlin)


Parallel: Workshops, phase 1


4:30 to 6:30 pm

Panel 2: In defense of the commons: United against the privatization of public goods

In response to the financial crisis of 2008, the G20 was to stabilize and set boundaries for the financial system by establishing global rules for it. Yet, the financial sector has continued to grow. Investors constantly seeking high-return opportunities are increasingly focusing on privatizing public services (e.g., water, health care, electricity). Institutional investors such as insurance companies or pension funds are mobilized to join public-private partnerships. This is a global phenomenon promoted worldwide in particular by the G20’s growth and investment strategies, which we must resist at the global and local levels.

What are the social and ecological consequences of such development? What does it mean for the provision of housing, water, energy, and health care oriented toward the public good, and for the relationship between citizens and municipalities? What does this model mean for countries of the global South, concretely for Africa, for example, where the German G20 Presidency especially seeks to promote investment initiatives in so-called partnerships?


Nancy Alexander (Heinrich Boell Foundation, Washington)

Jana Mattert (Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand, Berlin)

Fanwell Kenala Bokosi (Afrodad, Zimbabwe)

Facilitator: Markus Henn (Weed)


Panel 3: Peace politics beyond NATO and the militarization of the EU Alternatives for peace

NATO is now expanding to become active at the global scale. It is involved in militarizing international relations in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, too. Cooperation agreements with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, and Thailand involving intense military cooperation were concluded at the NATO summits in Wales and Warsaw. All this goes far beyond the inclusion of non-members in the context of the “Partnership for Peace.” Many of these new cooperation partners are G20 countries, so the challenges faced by NATO are increasingly linked to the G7 and G20 summits. But international law is constantly being violated elsewhere as well; the law of the powerful prevails, not the power of the law; the UN as the institution of international law is pushed aside or instrumentalized. Peace requires law and disarmament.


Colonnel Ann Wright (US peace movement, Codepink)

Corazon Valdez Fabros (Spokesperson, Stop the War Campaign, Philippines)

Rainer Braun (Co-President, International Peace Bureau, Germany)

Nuray Sancar (Peace movement in Turkey/Deputy Chair, Emek Partisi (Labour Party))

Facilitators: Willi van Ooyen (Bundesausschuss Friedensratschlag), Kristine Karch (No to war—No to NATO).


Parallel: Workshops, phase 2


6:30 to 7:30 pm Dinner


7:30 to 9:30 pm

Plenary discussion:

Local, national, European, and global alternatives to the politics of the G20

Social movements, unions, and progressive political parties have developed numerous alternatives to the prevailing policies at the local, national, European, and global levels. Yet the economic, social and ecological problems are often handled separately from one another, and the alternatives are still fragmented and piecemeal. How can we create linkages between our various efforts and develop a comprehensive alternative to the prevailing policies? What can we achieve at the local, national, European, and global levels? How can we better connect our practices at these various levels to become more effective? Which difficulties are we confronted with, and what is our scope for action?


Sonia Farré (Barcelona en comú, Spain)

Salih Muslim (Co-chair, PYD, Syria)

Klaus Busch (Professor of political science, Osnabrück University, and European policy advisor to ver.di)

Jane Nalunga (Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute—SEATINI; Uganda)

Facilitators: Silke Helfrich (Commons Strategies Group, Germany), Ulrich Brand (University of Vienna, Austria)


Thursday, 6 July 2017

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Panel 4: We need a new paradigm to achieve climate justice and food sovereignty! Is that possible with the G20?

In the global North and South, nutrition and the mitigation of and resilience to climate change are inherently intertwined. Whereas the G20 countries cause more than 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is especially millions of people in the global South who are suffering from the consequences in the form of droughts, floods, and unforeseeable weather-related catastrophes. The consequences of climate injustice are becoming more exacerbated: millions of people’s livelihoods, human rights, and prospects for the future are under acute threat. These crises are intensified by unjust trade policies.

Major corporations such as Bayer and Monsanto are dominating agriculture worldwide and are destroying the livelihoods of entire strata of the population. The need for food sovereignty as an alternative concept to industrialized and export-oriented agriculture is becoming ever more urgent. We need to envision the nature of sustainable development that overcomes the ecological problems of the resource-intensive, growth-based model of the industrialized countries.


Imme Scholz (German Development Institute, Bonn)

Klaus Seitz (Deputy Chair, VENRO, and Bread for the World, Berlin)

Johanna Böse-Hartje (Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft)

Frank Ademba (MVIWATA, Tanzania)

Jennifer Morgan (Greenpeace International, USA)

Facilitator: Tanja Busse (Journalist)


Panel 5: Global action: ‘Yes’ to Democracy; ‘No’ to Neoliberalism

Neoliberal globalization undermines democracy, promotes austerity and the privatization of our commons and public goods, strengthens the power of global corporations, and exacerbates global inequality. This becomes clear in the confrontations over free trade agreements such as TTIP, CETA, TISA or NAFTA. Moreover, the prescribed austerity policies harm the general public; examples stretch from countries of the global South to the present situation in Greece. Opposition to neoliberal politics is provoking worldwide resistance.

The panel will discuss the mechanisms and interplay of these neoliberal policies as well as future prospects: What strategies can reverse these trends? How can globalization be fair for all and how can just and democratic alternatives evolve? How can the political alliances between the new right-wing governments in Latin America with the free trade policy of the EU be stopped? How can Greece escape the iron grip of EU austerity policy?



Marica Frangakis (Nicos Poulantzas Institute, Greece)

Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now)

Alberto Acosta (2013 Presidential candidate, indigenous party Pachakutik, Ecuador)

Facilitator: TBA


Parallel: Workshops, phase 3


12:00 to 2:00 pm Lunch break


2:00 to 4:00 pm

Panel 6: Toward an open society: Solidarity against border closure and racism

The frequently invoked “welcoming culture” seems to be a thing of the distant past. Fending off refugees, erecting border fences and walls, and deportation set the tone in 2016 and 2017. The EU countries are increasingly shifting border protection and control of migration far beyond their borders. Similar developments are occurring in the US: more illegal immigrants than ever before were deported even during the Obama Administration. The Trump Administration is now issuing travel bans and holding out the prospect of further tightening the border regime, such as completing the wall on the border with Mexico.

The panel will focus on the attempts by the EU and especially by Germany to force African (and other) states to collaborate to prevent migration and to take back refugees (Valletta Process). Even if one focal area of the German G20 agenda is Africa, and even if the EU’s border control measures are aiming at African countries, but other countries such as Afghanistan are affected as well. Therefore, we will also turn our attention to the re-admission agreement with Afghanistan and its consequences and discuss parallels and differences with the US border regime and above all the forms of resistance practiced in various places.


Marta Sanchez (Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano, Mexico)

Elizabeth Ngari (Women in Exile, Germany/Kenya)

Azaryuon Matin (Human Rights Focus Organisation (HRFO), Germany/Afghanistan)

Ali Alassane (Lampedusa in Hamburg, Germany/Niger)

Ousmane Diarra, Président de l’Association Malienne des Expulsés , A.M.E., Mali

Facilitator: Conni Gunßer (Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg and Network Afrique-Europe-Interact)


Panel 7: Overcoming inequality, enforcing gender justice

According to research by Oxfam, the eight wealthiest people in the world own just as much as the poorer half of the global population altogether—i.e., about 3.6 billion people. This gross and increasing inequality in the world, both between states and within societies, puts the struggles for justice in a new light. Inequality contributes to poverty, discrimination, and violence. Structural inequality further deepens gender injustice.
The G20 states rank poorly in terms of gender equality indicators; only Germany and France are ranked 13th and 14th. All the others trail far behind. The US is ranked 84th; Saudi Arabia is last on the list. The panel seeks to provide information and to invite participants to exchange views about possible principles to guide global policy on gender justice and the shape of alternative policy approaches.


Agnes Abuom (TAABCO, Kenya)

Christa Randzio-Plath (Marie-Schlei-Verein)

Cornelia Creischer (Landesfrauenrat Hamburg)

Portia Sarfo (Eine-Welt-Netzwerk Hamburg)

Tobias Hauschild (Oxfam Germany)

Facilitator: Carsta Neuenroth (VENRO, Bread for the World)


Parallel: Workshop phase 4


4:30 to 6:30 pm

Panel 8: Cooperation, not confrontationHow can we implement common security as a paradigm for future policy?
The policy of confrontation with Russia and China is resulting in a dramatic global military build-up. Common interests are being set aside in favor of a political, economic, and ideological confrontation, which devours disproportional amounts of resources worldwide that are no longer available for social or ecological issues. A policy of confrontation endangers peace and may lead to war, even to major (nuclear) wars. The alternative is a policy of détente and common security. Disarmament and the abolition of nuclear weapons are key elements of cooperative security policy.

Civil society must fight for the rule of law as well as peace and cooperation around the world against those who benefit politically and economically from military build-ups, war, and destruction. Our panel discussion is to identify strategies through which our efforts can  succeed.


Norman Paech (Expert on international law, Germany)

Kate Hudson (General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), UK)

Colonel Ann Wright (Whistleblower, Codepink, US peace movement, USA)

Arielle Denis (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), France)

Facilitator: Hamburger Forum, Bremer Friedensforum


Parallel: Workshop phase 5


6:30 to 7:30 pm Dinner


7:30 to 9:30 pm

Final panel discussion:

For Global Solidarity – with a Progressive International? Strategies against Neoliberalism and the Far Right.

Progressive forces are confronted with a dual challenge today: we must struggle against the prevailing neoliberal policies as well as authoritarian populism, nationalism, racism, and misogyny of the right. They are two sides of one and the same coin, as the neoliberal policies of recent decades have deepened the many and diverse crises and the divisions within societies, thus facilitating the rise of the right. Which strategies can social movements, unions, and progressive political parties pursue to assert social and ecological alternatives to neoliberalism and the policies of the right? How can we make alternatives characterized by solidarity a reality at global scale? How can we organize at the national and international levels?


Saskia Sassen (Professor of soziology and economics, Columbia University, New York)

Srećko Horvat (DiEM25, Croatia)

Hans-Jürgen Urban (Member of the board, IG Metall, Germany)

Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

Facilitator: Mario Candeias (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany)

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