Most of the Assembly took the form of workshops involving around twenty people. Only the opening ceremony (December 2, 2001) and the closing session (December 10, 2001) were open to the public and gathered between 1,000 and 1,500 people. The non-participants who attended those sessions had formal invitations.

The opening ceremony allowed us to introduce personally each participant and to become physically aware that the whole world was gathered in Lille. Then we heard twelve "Great witnesses," most of whom endeavored to set this first World Citizens Assembly in a historical perspective, and finally, the history of the Alliance and its operating mode were presented, as well as the objectives and methods of the Assembly itself.

On December 3 and 4, the participants gathered in socio-professional workshops. Each one of these workshops was in charge of identifying the major changes to be implemented, and then to discuss the project of a Charter for Human Responsibilities.

From these workshop sessions the priority themes of the Assembly were derived. Each theme was discussed on December 5 and 7 in thematic workshops including participants from different backgrounds and countries. These workshops developed elements of a strategy for each theme. The results of these sessions enable us to draft an Agenda 21 for Another Globalization.

On December 8 and 9, 2001, the participants met in various configurations and numbers within regional workshops to discuss how they could implement concretely the strategies that were the most important for them in their own world regions.

The closing ceremony enabled us to form a first picture of the debates that took place in the workshops and, subsequently, to present the new version of the Charter as resulting from the Assembly's work sessions.


Local mobilization

The Process

Proposal papers

Contributions to the
Universal Heritage


The Media

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