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Evo Morales rams up climate justice call at the UN

MAY 6, 2010

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Bolivian President Evo Morales to Deliver Results of People’s Conference on Climate
Change to UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon

New York – On Friday, May 7th, President Evo Morales of Bolivia will personally
present UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the conclusions of the World People’s
Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth, which was held in
Cochabamba, Bolivia from April 20th to 22nd, 2010. Some 30,000 people hailing from
over 150 countries attended the Conference, which offered governments and civil
society groups a rare chance to work together to address climate change.

Bolivia’s first indigenous president will be joined in New York by delegates from
around the world who were active at the conference, including: Nnimmo Bassey
(Nigeria) and Asad Rehman (UK) from the organization Friends of the Earth, Yoon Guem
Soon (South Korea) and Tomás Balduino (Brazil) of Via Campesina, Meena Raman
(Malaysia) of Third World Network, Jeremy Osborn (USA) of, Tom Goldtooth
(USA) of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Enrique Daza (Colombia) of the
Hemispheric Social Alliance, and Maude Barlow (Canada) of the Blue Planet Project.

Following the meeting with Ban Ki-moon, Morales will hold a press conference in the
Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium of the United Nations at 1pm. He and the
international delegates will later share the conclusions reached in the People’s
Accord of Cochabamba with developing countries in a briefing to the G77 and China.

Last week, the Bolivian government submitted the People’s Accord to the UN body that
deals with climate change negotiations in the form of an official contribution to
the debates taking place under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Among the most important aspects of the People’s Accord are a project for a 50%
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by developing countries for the 2010-2017
period, a draft Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a proposal for a global
referendum on climate change, and recommendations for the creation of an
International Climate and Justice Tribunal. Information is available on the
conference website:

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