PRINCIPLES OF THE PEF (Adapted from the WSF)

Everyone who wishes to participate in the PEF has to agree to abide by the principles and values of the PEF.


  1. All participants and processes will respect universal human rights, and those of all citizens – men and women – of all nations and the environment and will be conducted on principles of social justice, equity, respect and dignity of all peoples.


  1. The PEF intends to bring together people, communities and organisations from all the countries in the world, but it is not and does not intend to be a body representing world civil society.


  1. The participants in The PEF shall not be called on to take decisions as a body, whether by vote or acclamation, on declarations or proposals for action that would commit all, or the majority, of them and that propose to be taken as establishing positions of the PEF as a body.


  1. The PEF does not constitute a locus of power to be disputed by the participants in its meetings, nor does it intend to constitute the only option for interrelation and action by the organizations and movements that participate in it.


  1. Nonetheless, organizations or groups of organizations that participate in the PEF are assured the right to deliberate on declarations or actions they may decide on, whether singly or in coordination with other participants.


  1. The PEF is a plural, diversified, non-confessional, non-governmental and non-party space that provides platforms for people, organizations and movements to engage in action at levels from the local to the international for a just, abundant and peaceful world.


  1. The PEF is a safe, accessible, equitable, inclusive space for the diversity of activities and opinions of people, organizations and movements that decide to participate in it, as well as the diversity of genders, ethnicities, cultures, generations and physical capacities, providing they abide by this Charter of Principles.


  1. Neither party representations nor military organizations shall participate in the PEF unless invited. Government leaders and members of legislatures who accept the commitments of this Charter may be invited to participate in a personal capacity.


  1. The PEF is opposed to all totalitarian and reductionist views of economy, development and history and to the use of violence as a means of social control by the State.


  1. The PEF aims to uphold respect for Human Rights, the practices of real democracy, participatory democracy, peaceful relations, in equality and solidarity, among people, ethnicities, genders and peoples, and condemns all forms of domination and all subjugation.


  1. The PEF is a forum of learning, teaching, sharing of ideas and experiences for education, empowerment, organisation, and actions for ordinary people to contribute, participate and engage in solutions and resistance to wicked problems – poverty, inequality, injustice, war, violence, racism, sexism, exclusion, slavery, domination, subjugation


  1. The PEF encourages understanding and mutual recognition among its participant organizations and movements, and places special value on constructive exchange and collaboration in understanding and addressing wicked problems and solutions.


  1. The PEF also aims seeks to strengthen and create new national and international linkages, solidarity, collaborations amongst people, organizations and movements of to strengthen our capacity for non-violent, peaceful, constructive, effective organisation, resistance and action to solve wicked problems.


  1. The PEF aims to promote processes that encourages popular inclusion, empowerment, participation, engagement, solidarity and collaboration from the local level to the national and international level on issues of planetary citizenship, and to introduce onto the global agenda the systemic, structural ideas, solutions and actions that are necessary for a just, peaceful and abundant world.