Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 20 (acn) The First People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth began on Tuesday in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with the presence of five heads of state and government and thousands of representatives from several nations.

According to the Bolivarian Information Agency, taking part in the summit are the presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez; Ecuador, Rafael Correa; Paraguay, Fernando Lugo; Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; and Bolivia, Evo Morales.

 Also present in the event that runs through Thursday are two Nobel laureates: Argentinean Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Guatemalan Rigoberta Menchu, among other personalities.

 Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said that nearly 20,000 people are already in the Bolivian locality of Tiquipaya to participate in the summit.

 Evo Morales said that participants in the meeting will discuss the role that world leaders should play in the survival of the planet to ensure that the rights of Mother Earth are respected.

 The First People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was convened by Evo Morales after the failure of the World Summit on Climate Change held in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the rich nations tried to impose a spurious agreement to the detriment of the planet and in favor of their hegemonic and economic interests.