On May 7, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales arrived at the UN in New York City to personally present Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the conclusions of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth (CMPCC), which was held in Cochabamba from April 20-22. Some 30,000 people from over 150 countries attended the CMPCC, which sought to bring governments and civil society groups together to work together to address climate change.
Morales was 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 350.org; 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.
Last week, the Bolivian government submitted the People’s Accord to emerge from the CMPCC 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. (CMPCC press release, May 7)