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All about World Social Forum

Last updated on: January 15, 2004 04:49 IST
What is World Social Forum?

Simply put, a place where people dissatisfied with the world they are living in come together, share their woes and try to arrive at solutions. In the process they hope to create a new world, which is fair, just and equal. The WSF also discusses to combat globalisation formulated at the annual World Economic Forum at Davos by large multinational corporations, national governments, IMF, the World Bank and the WTO.

The first WSF was held in 2001 in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. It was here that the WSF's Charter of Principles was adopted to provide a framework for the forum. The annual forums in 2002 and 2003 saw the movement grow rapidly. At WSF 2003, it was proposed that the next forum be held outside Brazil.

What is the venue?

The venue is an event complex known as New Standard Engineering (NSE) Grounds, Bombay Exhibition Grounds, Western Express Highway, Goregaon (East), in the northern region of Greater Mumbai. It is well connected by buses and the local train service, which is the lifeline for commuters in Mumbai. The grounds are green and spacious.

How to reach the venue?

By train:
Use the Western Railway going north, stop at Goregaon or Jogeshwari stations, go to the east side of the station and take a rickshaw to NESCO grounds (Rickshaw fare is about Rs 14).

By bus:
Bus Station Bus Number Bus Station Bus Number
Aarey Milk Colony 341 Andheri (East) 40, 225, 309, 348, 434, 449, 488, 496, 709
Andheri (West) 225 Bandra (East) 348, 449, 40
Bandra (West) 225 Bhandup (West) 398, 459, 460, 461
Bhayander (East) 709 Borivali (East) 40, 225, 226, 309, 348, 398, 449, 461, 489
 
Borivali (West) 226, 309, 461, 488, A-461 Chembur (West) 488, 489, 524
Dadar (East) 40 Ltd. Dharavi 348, 449
Ghatkopar (East) 488, 489, 524, 709 Gorai 226, 309, 460, 461
Goregaon (West) 359, 488, 263, 204 Kalina 449
 
Kandivali (East) 225, 226, 309, 348, 398, 449, 461, 498, 524, 709, 40 Kandivali (West) 460, 488
Khar 225 Kurla (West) 309, 341, 349, 449
Mahim (East) 40, 225 Malad (East) 40, 225, 226, 309, 348, 398 ,449, 460, 461, 498, 489, 524, 709, A-461
Malad (West) 459, 460, 488 Mulund (West) 398, 459, 460, 461, 496, 498 , 523, A-461
 
Nanavati Hospital 225 Parel (West) 40
Powai 398, 459, 460, 461, 489, 496, 498, 523, 524, A-461 Santacruz (West) 225
Santacruz (East) 40, 348 Shivaji Park 40
Sion 341, 348, 449 Vashi 523, 524
Vile Parle (East) 40, 348, 449 Vile Parle (West) 225, 33
Thane 469


Important email ids

For communication with facilitators of specific groups, contact them directly at the following addresses:

office.culture@wsfindia.org
office.communication@wsfindia.org
office.finance@wsfindia.org
office.liaison@wsfindia.org
office.mobilisation@wsfindia.org
office.programme@wsfindia.org
office.venue@wsfindia.org
office.youth@wsfindia.org
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