Former Argentine President and sitting Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner along with former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are among the faces being promoted for a counter-summit to the 2018 G20 Buenos Aires Summit, carded to take place in Argentina from Nov. 30.
The 13th Group of Twenty meeting, which is being hosted for the first time in South America, will bring together industrialized and emerging countries, and is being chaired by Argentina.
However, according to the Latin American Council of Social Sciences of Argentina (Clacso), the counter-summit will be used to highlight the issues facing the world's poor and working class. The counter-summit will be titled the 1st World Forum on Critical Thinking.
According to the organizers, the forum is seeking to provide "a broad, plural, and open space for the contributions and interventions of world leaders who represent and express the ideals of attaining societies that are more fair and equal; progressive intellectuals from diverse theoretical and disciplinary fields; activists and leaders of social and mass movements; student organizations, networks, and groups of young people who act in the construction, promotion, and defense of democracy, alternative communication, and citizen mobilization; human rights organizations; groups that work for the rights of education and public schools; women’s movements and organizations; those who fight against racism, imperialism, and colonialism; and ecologists, as well as teachers, researchers, and students from all fields of knowledge, especially in the social sciences and humanities."
Invitations have also been sent to former Colombian President Ernesto Samper; former Mexican presidential candidate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas; executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Alicia Barcena; Manuela D'Ávila, candidate for vice president of Brazil for the Workers' Party (PT); Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish party Podemos; and finally the former Bolivian vice-president Álvaro García Linera.