The main themes for the Global Greens Congress and its 500 participants from nearly 90 countries were:
2. Climate Change
4. Green Economy
5. Democracy in Africa (and beyond)
Most resolutions were passed by consensus. They are now publicly available here: http://www.globalgreens.org/news/global-greens-congress-resolutions-dakar-2012
i. Incorporates the true costs of increasingly scarce natural resources and recognises the value of common goods and services of nature;
ii. Adopts innovative technology and eco-efficient and low carbon practices;
iii. Commits to durable goods and the end of inbuilt obsolescence;
iv. Proposes new forms of organisation of solidarity economy creating new bottom-up opportunities for all and investing in education;
vi. Must be inclusive and reduce inequalities and poverty.
The final session was very positive, and often interrupted by claps and cheers. Delegates from across the world were coming together to decide on the resolutions which demonstrated the sense of our Green tribe working together for common goals, with common values, and a common sense of social justice and a green future.
Without French language skills this experience would not have been the same. I consider myself very lucky to be able to speak more than one language well.