Bolivia’s World People’s Conference
The World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights started today in Cochabamba in Bolivia (20th April) and runs until 22 April. The idea is to give a voice to all those members of civil society that were eventually excluded from last December’s UN conference in Copenhagen where national governments failed spectacularly and disastrously to solve the climate crisis. There are also representatives from 70 national governments – mainly those from the Least Developed Countries who are already suffering the impacts of climate change.
The objectives of the conference as listed in the original conference call are as follows:
1) To analyze the structural and systemic causes that drive climate change and to propose radical measures to ensure the well-being of all humanity in harmony with nature
2) To discuss and agree on the project of a Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights
3) To agree on proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and projects for a COP Decision under the United Nations Framework for Climate Change that will guide future actions in those countries that are engaged with life during climate change negotiations and in all United Nations scenarios, related to:
– Climate debt
– Climate change migrants-refugees
– Emission reductions
– Technology transfer
– Forest and Climate Change
– Shared Vision
– Indigenous Peoples, and
4) To work on the organization of the World People’s Referendum on Climate Change
5) To analyze and develop an action plan to advance the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal
6) To define strategies for action and mobilization to defend life from Climate Change and to defend the Rights of Mother Earth.
We also recommend Martin Khor of The South Centre’s analysis of the recent UN talks in Bonn: The Bonn talks were a healing process – but stormy meetings lie ahead.
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