World Rainforest Movement

People’s Summit calls for comprehensive social-political proposals

On January 25-27, 2013, social and political organizations and movements from numerous countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union gathered in Santiago, Chile for the Chile 2013 People’s Summit, held in parallel to the summit between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU), and the CELAC Summit, also held in the Chilean capital. The hundreds of organizations participating in the People’s Summit issued a call to move beyond struggles for specific demands to building alternatives that contain comprehensive social-political national proposals.

In the Final Declaration, the Summit participants advocated unified demands that bring together different social actors and peoples in resistance, and the fostering of unity among trade union, social and political movements in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. The Declaration states that “the rights and natural goods stolen from the peoples must be recovered through nationalization and community control of goods and services and the means of production, and constitutional recognition of nature as a subject of rights.”

The full text of the Final Declaration is available in Spanish at: