Jun 09, 2010

FoEI joins President Morales in delivering Cochabamba outcomes to UN Secretary General

by PhilLee — last modified Jun 09, 2010 05:24 PM
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On May 7 several members of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) were invited to be part of a delegation of global social movements and civil society organisations to join with President Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia to present the outcomes of the Cochabamba Peoples Climate Summit to the Secretary general of the the UN, Mr Ban Ki-Moon.


The global delegation consisting of Friends of the Earth, Via Campesina, 350.org, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Third World Network, Council of Canadians as well as the Indigenous Environmental Network aimed to be representative all the peoples of the world as well as every continent of the world.


At this historic and unprecedented meeting with the Secretary General (he doesn’t usually hold meetings with civil society groups) President Morales introduced the delegation from the global movements and gave the floor to FoEI Chair Nnimmo Bassey and, member of the FoEI Executive Committee, Meena Raman. They had been selected as spokespeople to present the conclusions of the Peoples Summit to Ban Ki-Moon. The presentations were forceful, direct and reiterated our demands for a strong and fair global agreement within the framework of the multilateral process.


Later in the afternoon a press conference was held at the UN with Meena and Nnimmo and other representatives of global civil society. At the press conference we spoke about the Peoples Summit, the inadequacy of the Copenhagen Accord as well as the ongoing international climate negotiations. Following the press conference we joined President Morales in presenting the outcomes to the formal meeting of the G77 plus China (the UN Ambassadors of 132 countries).


The outcomes of the Peoples Summit have also been included in a formal submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requesting that they be negotiated in the next round of climate talks in Bonn this June.