International Communist Seminar held in Brussels on youth and the crisis
From 15-17 May 2008, 49 communist and workers’ parties from 40 countries gathered in Brussels for the 18th International Communist Seminar, hosted by the Workers' Party of Belgium. Its main theme was communist work among youth -- for which 20 of the parties had sent a young delegate. The participants presented papers and held discussions on the current situation of youth, the work of communists among youth and the incorporation of new generations in communist parties.
A document with general conclusions on communist work among youth was formulated, discussed and adopted. It states that the young are among the first and worst victims of the economic crisis of world capitalism, but that they also play a crucial role in the resistance against the effects of the crisis. The Seminar pointed out that communist parties have a particular responsibility towards youth and that they face the challenge of incorporating young activists and cadres in their ranks. At the same time, the importance of building a strong communist youth movement was stressed.
The Seminar dedicated a special session to the current crisis of capitalism. Several speakers provided an in-depth analysis of this crisis, which is essentially a crisis of overproduction. The tasks of communists in the situation of crisis were also discussed. Most importantly, the participants agreed to promote and work for socialism as the sole alternative to the crisis-ridden capitalist system. A declaration was discussed and issued to provide guidance for communist work during the crisis.
Two specific resolutions were also presented, one on solidarity with socialist Cuba, the other on the situation in Palestine and the Middle East. They were signed by a large majority of the parties present and will be circulated in the international communist movement to gather more signatures, as with the declaration on the crisis and the general conclusions on youth.
All documents of the 18th International Communist Seminar will be made available on www.icsbrussels.org.
The Seminar participants agreed to organize next year's 19th International Communist Seminar from May 14-16, 2010 in Brussels. It will have as theme “The consequences of the crisis and the intervention of communist parties”, comprising the following topics: