NEXT YEAR'S European Social Forum (ESF) will take place in Britain in October.
Two ESF meetings have taken place so far. In 2002 the ESF was held in Florence, Italy, and in November Paris in France hosted the ESF.
The ESF discusses how best to take forward the movement against corporate globalisation.
Around 100 activists met in London on Wednesday of last week to discuss the prospect of hosting the third ESF. Many speakers stressed that the ESF represented a huge opportunity for the movement in Britain to grow. It is also a huge organisational challenge.
Representatives of the London regions of the TGWU, Amicus and Unison unions spoke at the meeting. The CWU post workers' union, the Natfhe lecturers' union, the NUJ journalists' union and South East Region TUC have already expressed their support for the ESF, as has mayor of London Ken Livingstone.
All of the practical aspects of the ESF will be organised in Britain. The overall political direction will be decided at a series of Europe-wide assemblies held over the next 12 months in various cities around Europe.
The first Europe-wide assembly is due to take place this Saturday and Sunday in London.
It takes place at London's City Hall, near London Bridge Station, Saturday 9:30am-7pm and Sunday 9:30am-1pm.