Congress Resolutions

Final resolutions from Dakar 2012 are now available here

So this be happiness.... Denmark tops the World Happiness Report


I have no qualification to speak about happiness at all. Afterall, I am a tall, white, educated, male. I ostensibly belong to one of the larger religions. There are few obstacles in my path that are not self-inflicted. 

African daze and my Copenhagen misconceptions

Denmark weatherSorry Denmark, but, for the moment, you have to suffer the slight of stereotypes about your northern extremes and fears that your population is still suffering from near-frostbite temperatures. That your rivers are frozen over and most of your population get to work via skidoo.

Haidar El Ali, leader of the Senegalese Green Party, FEDES, is the country's environment minister

Haider El Ali with mediaThe night before we left Senegal, we had a thank-you dinner for the volunteers who had been instrumental to the success of the event - and we had it at Haidar El Aliss Oceanium location - a couple of thousand hectares right on the Senegalese coastline and just down the hill from the presidential palace. Now, as I walk into my home in Brussels, the phone is vibrating with the news - Haidar is Senegal's Minister of the Environment.

Poverty voyeurism, versus tourism, is an ugly trait

Ville des Artistes, DakarYesterday afternoon, we managed to slip over the the Ville des Artistes in Dakar. They understand tourism - you are invited in and asked to take photos and talk to the artisans.  Yesterday morning, I also went out to take photos where the fishing boats arrive. Here I was, in my shorts, Calvin and Hobbes t-shirt, a pair of crocs about to take photos of some of the poorest people I would encounter on this trip - and suddenly my entire photographic venture smacked of tourist poverty/poverty voyeurism. 


We would like to extend a huge thank you to all our sponsors. Without your help, none of the great things we have accomplished these last few days would have been possible.

Al fresco bus rides

Taxi bus in Dakar, Senegal

There are some small ideas here in Senegal that I want to remember to get online. And every time I am in a "safe" taxi, we pass one of these local buses, and I remember I should get a photo. These are the mass transport machines for Dakar and they are always, always, always full.


Post event mass of shards of paper and business cards - what to do with 2,369 images

Thousands of images from DakarJoline and I have, literally, thousands of images from the Congress that we have to cull and then post so everyone can get access to the pics. But we will also be asking for help in tagging faces, adding names, helping us create some decent captions.

A yellow and black near-death trap


Near-death in DakarNeither I nor any of my friends were injured in creating this blog entry - but it was not for lack of opportunity.  Now, the state of Dakar taxis has already been mentioned in this blog, so it was not as if we had no idea what to expect when we were swept up by a driver and herded off to his yellow and black tin box. And it was not that surprising that the doors creaked and moaned as we got inside. However it was disconcerting when the driver got in and his door fell off the hinges and dangled off the side of the car frame. It had to be hoisted back up, the grooves found and then the door slammed shut. And then we sat there, motionless. ... Perhaps we should have been suspicious when he had to persuade a few locals to push the car until the engine turned over and he could drive under his own power.

Greetings to the Global Greens Saudações de Portugal


Dear Green Friends
Gathered in Dakar for the 3rd Global Greens

The Portuguese Greens would like to send a strong and warm greeting to
the Global Greens congress and to it's participants.


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