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Social Forum discusses Climate Change

Apr 11, 2012, 1:58 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The Gambia Social Forum (GSF) on 7 April 2012 organised a daylong workshop on the effects of climate change.

The programme, held at the TANGO Conference hall in Kanifing, brought together the NGO community and the media.

Speaking on the occasion, Amadou Taal, chairperson of The Gambia Social Forum (GSF), said the GSF is part of the world social movement.  “This is a social movement geared towards improving the lives of mankind to advocate for an alternative development paradigm,” he noted.

He said the Word Social Forum came into existence in 2000 and since then they have been organizing forums on annual basis.

“There also exists Africa Social Forum as well as West Africa Social Forum,” he said, adding that they work closely with the Senegal Social Forum and had a joint programme in Ziguinchor shortly before the World Social Forum gathering in Dakar.

“In the past we have been engaging members of the CSOs and Non-State Actors and the private sector,” he explained. “We have also engaged the National Assembly members on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).”

Mr Taal informed participants that the climate change requires the attention of all CSOs and other stakeholders.

TANGO’s Executive Director Ousman Yarboe, who moderated the event, assured the GSF of their continued support and collaboration.

Madi Jobarteh of TANGO gave an overview of the ACBF project, which he said started way back in 2008.

It is a capacity-building project and its purpose is for NGOs to defend public policies and to build their capacities on operational, management and governance issues, he said.