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Alternative Davos ends to mixed reviews

The Swiss delegation at the World Social Forum (WSF) anti-globalisation meeting in Belém, Brazil, has pointed to both highs and lows at the event.

The gathering, billed as an alternative to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that took place at the same time in the Swiss resort of Davos, finished on Sunday.

"This meeting was of an unparalleled quality," delegation member Sergio Ferrari, from the non-governmental E-Changer, told swissinfo.

However, the organisation was somewhat patchy, which left some participants frustrated.

Particular praise was given to the emphasis on the problems facing the Amazon rainforest, such as deforestation, which the Swiss delegation was able to view first-hand on a visit.

Also discussed was the current financial crisis. Solutions offered, say Swiss non-governmental organisations, included more controls on financial instituions, as well as public investment in renewable energies.

The six-day WSF is the largest meeting of its kind worldwide. This year it attracted around 100,000 participants.

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