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De Brún addresses opening of 5th World Parliamentary Forum

31 January, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún this weekend addressed the opening session of the World Parliamentary Forum in Brazil. The World Parliamentary Forum is meeting for two days in the Legislative Assembly in Porto Alegre as part of the World Social Forum.

Speaking at the opening session of the two-day the World Parliamentary Forum, Ms de Brún said:

"In the context of corporate globalisation it is partularly important that we come together as parliamentarians, to promote social and economic equality, to share experiences and analysis of the ways in which we confront the challenges facing us but also quite concretely to take initiatives for peace, justice, and social and economic equality in our regions and beyond.

"We must also remember that the World Parliamentary Forum has grown out of the World Social Forum and that we cannot allow ourselves to become separate from those social movements if we are to have the required strength and purpose to move forward. We must lend our strength to the growing grass roots campaigns and demands for social and economic justice, human rights and equality.

"So our task here today is two fold:

"Firstly our task is to plan to strategise but also to act and to take intitiatives. Secondly our task is to do so as parliamentarians but in dialogue with and in concert with the social movements. It is essential that our work here today should be grounded in these two main tasks."

Ms de Brún also attended the launch in Brazil, by President Lula, of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) - made up of a number of organisations including trades unions, faith-based organisations and other NGOs. The Global Call to Action against Poverty want world governments to implement promises made to fight poverty, including implementation of the Milennium Development Goals. The campaign symbol is a white band which the Global Call to Action against Poverty ask everyone to wear on 1 July to mark the G8 in Scotland and on 10 September to mark the Millenium Development Summit.

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