ISF 2004 | Women and Development

The 2nd Annual International Solidarity Forum was held in New York from November 15 to 20, 2004. The OTF Group, a non-profit global development organization, led workshops on globalization and development. Draft negotiations were held on the Declaration on Woman. A major cultural event, the WYA Film Festival, was held at United Nations Headquarters during the ISF.

Women and Development Speakers

  • Ambassador Guterres, Permanent Mission of Timor L’este to the UN
    Particular Needs of a New Nation
  • Andreas Widmer, President & CEO, OTF Group
    Globalization and Development
  • Oscar de Rojas, UN Official
    Financing Millenium Development Goals in Light of Women

Countries represented

  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Germany
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Declaration: Declaration on Women

World Youth Alliance Film Festival

Held on Friday, November 19, the WYA Film Festival screened films created by young people from around the world.


  1. Dag Hammarskjold Award: for the film that best captures human possibility
  2. Artistic Merit Award: for the most beautiful film
  3. World Youth Alliance Award: for the best rendering of human dignity

Cultural Events

In addition to the WYA Film Festival, an African Party and Mexican Fiesta allowed participants to experience these diverse cultures.