Put People First G20 Counter Conference report and audio
The Put People First G20 Counter Conference was one of two alternative G20 conferences held simultaneously in London and St Andrews on November 7th 2009 to coincide with the G20 finance ministers meeting on 7th-8th November.
Over three plenary sessions we invited academics, activists, campaigners, unions and policy makers to debate alternative policies to promote jobs, justice and a safe climate.
Smaller breakout sessions gave participants the opportunity to take part in more focused debates on the linkages between the economy, environment and international development and in addition, discuss how we can mobilise and turn our ideas into action.
You can listen to the conference audios here:
Plenary Session 1
Topic: The failure of a paradigm but has anything really changed?
Chair: Peter Chowla (Bretton Woods Project)
Speakers: Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (PES), Diane Elson (University of Essex), Lidy Nacpil (Jubilee South), Louise Plaatjes (UNI Africa)
Plenary Session 2
Topic: What are the alternatives that work for people and planet
Chair: Bhumika Muchhala (Third World Network)
Speakers: John Hilary (War on Want), Beatriz Souviron (Bolivian Ambassador to the UK), Andrew Simms (new economics foundation), Vimbai Mushongera (Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions)
Breakout session 2: How do we mobilise?
Discussion leader: Noel Hatch (Compass Youth)
Speakers: Jon Cruddas MP, Jessica Kennedy (Citizens:UK), Willie Sullivan (Vote for a Change)
Topic: Taking alternatives forward
Chair: Owen Tudor (TUC)
Speakers: Billy Hayes (general secretary CWU), Deborah Doane (WDM), Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth)
December 2nd, 2009