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XXIII Congress of the Socialist International, Athens
Global Solidarity: The courage to make a difference

30 June-02 July 2008


To resolve conflicts and overcome instability

Keynote speakers

  • Mona Sahlin, Leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, SAP

  • H.E. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, Leader of Fatah

  • Ehud Barak, Minister of Defence, Leader of the Israeli Labour Party

Yossi Beilin, Member of the Knesset, Meretz -Yachad, Israel

Mustafa Barghout
i, Leader of the Palestinian National Initiative, PNI

Keynote speaker

Mohamed Abdellah, Secretary for International Relations, National Democratic Party, NDP, Egypt

Jonas Gahr Store
, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Labour Party, DNA, and Co-Chair of the SI Middle East Committee

Piero Fassino
, National Secretary of Democrats of the Left, DS, Italy, and Co-Chair of the SI Middle East Committee

Walid Jumblatt
, Leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, PSP, Lebanon

Sergei Stanishev, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP , Co-Chair of SI Committee for South-Eastern Europe

Asif Ali Zardari
, Co-Chair of the Pakistan People’s Party

Yiannikis Omirou, Chair of the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK, Cyprus

Mircea Geoana
, Leader of the Romanian Social Democratic Party, Co-Chair of the SI Committee for South-Eastern Europe

Afternoon session

Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, leader of the Democratic Party, DS

Ranko Krivokapic, Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro, leader of the Social Democratic Party

Mizuho Fukushima
, leader of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Japan

Denis MacShane, Member of Parliament, Labour Party, Great Britain

Alfonso Gómez Méndez, Secretary for International Affairs, Liberal Party, Colombia

Pascal Affi N’Guessan, Leader of the Ivorian Popular Front, FPI, Côte d’Ivoire

José Lello, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, International Secretary, Socialist Party, Portugal

Sebahat Tuncel, Member of Parliament, International Secretary, Democratic Society Party, DTP, Turkey

Henry Ramos
, President of Democratic Action, AD, Venezuela

Obed Bapela
, National Executive Committee, African National Congress, ANC, South Africa

Wednesday 2 July

 PANEL  - Struggling for democracy to eradicate national conflict
  • John Fru Ndi, leader of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, Cameroon

  • Tint Swe, National League for Democracy, Burma

  • Yassin Saeed Noaman, Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party

  • Manuel Rosales, Leader of Un Nuevo Tiempo, Venezuela

Other contributions
Sher Bahadur Deuba, Former Prime Minister, Nepali Congress Party