WEF is an exclusive, un-elected, invite-only organisation.
A 'think tank' and a driving force
behind the global economy.
Incorporated since 1971 as a foundation,
the WEF claims to be "independent, impartial and not-for-profit,
tied to no political, partisan or national interests."
It has a consultative status with
the United Nations.
Members include: 1000 CEOs from
the worlds top (sic) multi-national corporations.
Academics, trade-ministers, heads of state, and elite media
also attend as guests.
The WEF holds its annual meeting
in the small ski resort town of Davos in the Swiss Alps.
According to the WEF this meeting
is now considered the global summit that defines the political,
economic and business agenda for the year.
The WEF's summits allow the richest
and most powerful corporations in the world to mingle with trade
representatives from nations, and with each other, to make business
deals and determine global political and economic policies.
According to the WEF, it initiated
the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the focus of protest in
Seattle last year.
Its 1982 annual meeting in Davos
brought together cabinet members of major countries with heads
of international organisations, such as the World Bank, IMF,
and GATT. This special Informal Gathering
of Trade Ministers from 17 countries organised the launch of
the Uruguay Round, which is where the WTO was founded.
This is just one significant example
of how the WEF, driven by its corporate agenda,shapes the political,
economic and social landscape.
The World Economic Forum is an
extremely powerful and unaccountable body who are making major
decisions about what we will read in the media, what food we
will eat, what we will study in school, where, when and in what
conditions we will work; almost every aspect of our everyday
Our actions against the WEF are
the beginning of communicating our struggles, learning to co-operate,
and working towards an alternative to the violent world order
that enforces exploitation and inequality across the globe.