Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights, 19-22 April 2010, Cochabamba, Bolivia

17 April 2010

On 18-19 December in Copenhagen, a handful of governments opposed the text presented by the United States, China, Brazil, India and South Africa. Among those few Bolivia, represented by President Evo Morales, strongly condemned the agreement both on the process (the text was discussed in small groups outside of the UN) and on the content, which fell far short of anything close to what the IPCC recommended, did not include any constraints on emissions, or financing commitments for the South.

Just a few days later President Morales issued an invitation to the “Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights” in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 19-22 April 2010. Bolivia believes that it is vital to take some immediate initiatives to change the correlation of forces to shift the international agenda. The proposal is original: to invite all governments, UN agencies, scientists, social movements and NGOs - without conditions – to participate in a working groups and to prepare conclusions and a final declaration.

Several governments have indicated that they will attend. Many activists, social movements and scientists, motivated by the necessity to build a large global alliance for climate justice, will also support and join Cochabamba.

Delegates from the international network CADTM and from CADTM– AYNA (Committee for the Cancellation of the Third World Debt - Abya Yala Nuestra América) will be present and will propose a workshop on:

_ “The responsibilities of the World Bank World Bank
The World Bank was founded as part of the new international monetary system set up at Bretton Woods in 1944. Its capital is provided by member states’ contributions and loans on the international money markets. It financed public and private projects in Third World and East European countries.

It consists of several closely associated institutions, among which :

1. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, 189 members in 2017), which provides loans in productive sectors such as farming or energy ;

2. The International Development Association (IDA, 159 members in 1997), which provides less advanced countries with long-term loans (35-40 years) at very low interest (1%) ;

3. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), which provides both loan and equity finance for business ventures in developing countries.

As Third World Debt gets worse, the World Bank (along with the IMF) tends to adopt a macro-economic perspective. For instance, it enforces adjustment policies that are intended to balance heavily indebted countries’ payments. The World Bank advises those countries that have to undergo the IMF’s therapy on such matters as how to reduce budget deficits, round up savings, enduce foreign investors to settle within their borders, or free prices and exchange rates.

and the Inter-American Development Bank for climate change”

_ Place: Universidad del Valle (UNIVALLE), Informática Sala Idiomas

Date: Tuesday, 20, april; 18:30 to 20:30

_ Speakers: María Elena Saludas (ATTAC- CADTM Argentina), Blanca Chancoso (CONAIE), Roberto Espinoza (CAOI) Francois Houtart (Foro Mundial de las Alternativas).

Coordination: William Gaviria (CADTM Abya Yala Nuestra América).

_ CADTM’s delegates in Cochabamba: María Elena Saludas (Attac / CADTM Argentina), William Gaviria Ocampo (Campaña Colombiana en Deuda con los Derechos - CADTM AYNA)

_ To contact the delegation:

Mail: mesaludas at / attacargentina at,
endeudaconlosderechos at, cadtmayna at

Phone: 0054 - 9 - 3413127042

For more information and to consult the program: Visit the website of the Summit

 Invitation to the Assembly of Social Movements

 Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 19, 2010, 10 am

  10h30-12h30 - Sala Biblio P3 (Piso 3) - UNIVALLE

We, activists of many diverse social movements, characterize this current moment as one of arrogance and authoritarianism on the part of the United States, the European Union and transnational corporations. This was demonstrated in Copenhagen when very few countries tried to create an outcome that was in disagreement with the COP 15, and did nothing to stop global warming and the climate crisis.

The increase of military presence and military bases in various parts of the world, “humanitarian” invasions and occupations which indicate war, the occupation of markets and territories, and the military presence to control energy resources, water, and natural biodiversity are all tactics derived from civilization’s crisis of capitalism and the logics of exploitation, racism, and patriarchy. These tactics also work to disguise the climate crisis in illegitimate negotiations.

Our response is to fight for the right of all people to live decent lives in their communities, against false solutions to crises, against militarization as a solution, and against the actions of transnational corporations. These transnationals, with the support of governments or multilateral institutions like the World Bank, undermine national borders for the production of monocultures and for the privatization of air and the creation of speculative markets called “carbon credits.”

It is in this context that we present to the People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. In Cochabamba we have organized an Assembly of Social Movements, a continuation of our efforts and articulations in the fight, with two goals:

- To discuss and organize our support of the proposals and initiatives of governments committed to the rights of people and the environment;

- To discuss and organize our agenda as social movements to promote our alternatives and our resistence to the marketization of the relationship between people and between people and their environment—the offense of transnationals and militarization.

Alianza Social Continental
ATALC (Amigos de la Tierra América Latina)
Central Sindical de las Américas
Climate Justice Now!
Marcha Mundial das Mulheres
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