International Conference of Governments and Social Movements
“Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises”

DATES: 21 and 22 July 2009
VENUE: PRODEPA, Sala 1, Consejo Nacional del Deporte, Asunción del Paraguay
TIME: 9am-20pm

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Co- Organisers
Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Iniciativa Paraguaya para la Integración de los Pueblos, People’s Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms(PAAR), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI)

In cooperation with
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), People’s SAARC, Solidarity for AsianP eople’s Advocacy (SAPA), TWN Africa, Trade Strategy Group, Jubilee South, REBRIP, Transform Europe, ATTAC France, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva Kutumkakam and Ecologistas en Acción

Supported by
Paraguayan Presidency Pro-tempore of Mercosur

With the contribution of
Oxfam/Novib, Oxfam Internacional, Christian Aid and Action Aid



09:00–09:30 / Opening: Greeting from organisers
Enrique Daza, Executive Secretary, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Colombia
Brid Brennan, TNI/Peoples’ Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms, Netherlands
Guillermo Ortega, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
Héctor Lacognata, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay

09:30–11:30 / Systemic Crisis, impacts of the crisis on regional integration processes
Victor Baez, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, Brazil
Juan Gonzalez, MOSIP, Argentina
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana

Cecilia Olivet, TNI, Netherlands

11:30 – 13:30 / Regional Responses to the Crises
Juan Castillo, Secretary for International Relations PIT-CNT, Uruguay
Demba Moussa Dembele, African Forum on Alternatives, Senegal
Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
Frederic Viale, ATTAC France

José Miguel Hernández, CTC Nacional/ CC-ASC, Cuba

13:30 – 15:00 / Lunch

15:00 – 17:30 / Regional Integration: Re-thinking the Development Model (Complementarity versus Competition, Integration and Asymmetries)
Jorge Lara Castro, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
Oscar Laborde, Government Argentina
Tomas Palau, Base IS, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay
Graciela Rodriguez, REBRIP, Brazil
Dot Keet, SAPSN, South Africa
Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Gonzalo Berrón, ASC/CSA, Brazil

17:30 – 18:00 / Coffee break

18:00 – 20:00 / Development Model and Infrastructure
Guilherme Carvalho, Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras
Multilaterais, Brazil
Ricardo Miranda, Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos
de Bolivia (CSUTCB), Bolivia
Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, South Africa

Ximana Centellas, Directora General de Gestión Pública, Viceministerio de Coordinación y Gestión Gubernamental, Bolivia

09:00 – 10:45 / Energy Crisis and Climate Change: the Challenge to Find Regional Solutions

[Government Venezuela]
Walden Bello, Member of Parliament, Philippines
Pablo Bertinat, Cono Sur Sustentable, Argentina
Roberto Colman, Coordinadora Soberanía Energética, Paraguay
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain

Fernando Rojas, Decidamos, Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integración de los Pueblos, Paraguay

10:45-11:00 / Coffe Break

11:00-13:00 / Production Model and Food Sovereignty
Juan José Dominguez, Member of Parliament, MPP–FA, Uruguay
Rabindra Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Nepal
Indra Lubis, La Via Campesina, Indonesia
Lodwick Chizarura, SEATINI, Zimbabwe
Francisca Rodriguez, CONAMURI/CLOC, Chile

Sebastián Valdomir, Redes Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay

13:00 – 14:00 / Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 / Finances and Development Model: New Financial Structures:(Bank of the South, regional currencies, etc)
Pedro Paez, President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Technical Commission
for the New Regional Financial Architecture and Bank of the South, Ecuador
Beverly Keene, Jubilee South, Argentina
Ivan Lukas, Glopolis, Czech Republic

Veronique Sandoval, Espace Marx, France

16:00-17:00 / Regional Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
Lee, Seung-Heon, Chief External Relations Department of the Korea
Democratic Labor Party, South Korea
Camille Chalmers, Campaign for Demilitarisation of the Americas, Haiti
Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Thomas Wallgren, Coalition for comprehensive democracy – Vasudhaiva
Kutumkakam, Finland
Pezo Mateo-Phiri, SAPSN, Zambia

Ramon Corvalan, SERPAJ Paraguay/ Iniciativa Paraguaya por la Integracion de los Pueblos, Paraguay

17:00 – 17:30 / Coffee break

17:30 – 20:00 / Regional Integration: Challenges for the Movements and the Governments Round Table
Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela/TNI, Venezuela
Meena Menon, Focus on the Global South, India
Nalu Farias, World March of Women, Brazil
Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
Tetteh Hormeku, TWN/ATN, Ghana
Chacho Alvarez, President Committee of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR, Argentina
Ana Cristina Betancourt Garcia, Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia
Gustavo Codas, Government Paraguay

Héctor de la Cueva, RMALC, México