Len Cooper
ILPS Vice Chairperson
Dear Delegates, Observers and Distinguished Guests, on behalf of the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS), I warmly welcome you all to the 5th International Assembly of the ILPS.

We gather at a time when there is great turmoil across the globe due to the on -going global crisis of the capitalist system and the policies and priorities of imperialism.

The people of the world continue to face wide-spread poverty and inequality, rising mass unemployment, constant threats and attacks on their human and democratic rights, armed conflict, aggression and imperialist war and a threat to the very existence of the globe due to environmental destruction.

These huge issues will only ultimately be solved by the growing unity of the world’s people to resist, to struggle and to free themselves from imperialism, to ensure democracy and social liberation.

The ILPS has become the largest, most influential mass anti-imperialist organisation in the world. It represents millions of toilers across the countries and regions of the world as they continue to fight for a new world; for democracy and social liberation.

At this conference, the 5th International Assembly delegates and observers from across the globe, we will re-examine our efforts, correct our shortcomings, be inspired by the impressive struggles of our compatriots and plan for the years ahead.

There is much to be done at this conference. Work hard in your workshops around our many concerns, and enjoy yourselves in preparing for further struggle and further victories.

We have a world to win.

I wish to thank the host country and our Filipino comrades, the General Secretariat and its hard working staff, the ICC and its people and the various national chapters for the brilliant, hard work that has already been done to prepare for this conference and have us all here to begin the work of the conference.

With great pleasure I formally declare the 5th International Assembly of the ILPS open and wish you well.

Thank you.

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