CONFERENCE GATHERS MOMENTUM AND SUPPORT
Since Bolivia announced that it will hold the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth in Cochabamba (April 20 – 22, 2010), it has been greeted with ever more support and enthusiasm internationally. At the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, participants gave firm support to the conference as the next key step in the struggle against climate change. So did many international networks, such as Friends of the Earth, Climate Justice Network, Via Campesina, and 350.org. Prominent individuals such as Noam Chomsky, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, and former UN General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto as well as Green and Left parliamentarians from Europe and elsewhere have praised the initiative.While in Copenhagen, more than 160 governments were excluded from final negotiations of the so-called “Copenhagen Accord”; in Cochabamba, 192 governments and in addition to UN institutions working on climate have all been invited by the Plurinational State of Bolivia to be present and to join debates with social movements. This will be the first time that a global people’s event will be held that is also open to all governments.
16 WORKING GROUPS START DISCUSSION ONLINE
The core work of the Conference will be done in issue-based Working Groups. Each one will start their work via email, building consensus and putting forward proposals, which will be considered and enriched in the meetings in person that will take place during the actual conference in Cochabamba.
The idea is to construct in Cochabamba, in an inclusive and participative way, a grand “Peoples’ Accord to Save Life and Mother Earth.”
Anyone can participate virtually in up to five working groups. The working groups are also open to those who cannot travel to Cochabamba.
Step one: Register to participate in the conference at
Step two: With the registration number you receive via email, subscribe to the Working Groups you want to join.
Step three: You will receive via email comments and proposals of all those who are subscribed to your Working Group and will also be able to share your opinions and proposals with others in the Group.
If you want to express a view, distribute a proposal, or respond to a comment, you must write to the following email addresses (however you first must be a member of the Group):
Each Working Group during its virtual existence pre-conference must develop by the beginning of April a working document of two or three pages, which will serve as the basis for discussion during the conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
In the next few days, we will also set up other Working Groups that have been proposed by various participating organizations and groups.
REGISTERING SELF-ORGANIZED EVENTS
Organizations that want to hold an event (workshop, seminar, meeting, video projection or other) have until March 15th to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
• Applicant Organization (priority will be given to events proposed by several organizations)
• Country, Region or Network
• Contact person/Event coordinator
• Event title
• Brief description of event content
• Event format (workshop, panel, video projection, cultural event etc)
• List of speakers
• Number of people expected to attend event
• Translation (Only Spanish-English translation will be available to be paid by the applicant organization)
• Other requirements (amplification, projector, screen to be paid by the applicant organization)
Based on the number of requests and the amount of available space, the self-organized events will be defined with the aim of promoting unity amongst common initiatives.
At the end of March, the Self Organized Events will be included in the Conference Program.
For general questions and on registration - email@example.com
Working Groups - firstname.lastname@example.org
Self Organized Events - email@example.com
Press enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org