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Pablo Solon, The Guardian, Dec 21, 2010 — Diplomacy is traditionally a game of alliance and compromise. Yet in the early hours of Saturday 11 December, Bolivia found itself alone against the world: the only nation to oppose the outcome of the United Nations climate change summit in Cancún. We were accused of being obstructionist, obstinate and unrealistic. Yet in truth we did not feel alone, nor are we offended by the attacks. Instead, we feel an enormous obligation to set aside diplomacy and tell the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

By Adalid Cabrera Lemuz

La Paz, Dec 20 (ABI) – President Evo Morales denied Monday that Bolivia stood alone at the climate change conference in Cancun, saying instead that it preferred “to be on the side of the peoples of the world that defend life in the face of aggression toward the environment and the planet.”

Morales said Bolivia refused to sign the Cancun Accord “based on the principle of responsibility and the need to defend Mother Earth, which is under attack from the irrational politics of industrialization of the developed nations.” Read the rest of this entry »

Some select quotes from President Evo Morales’ speech and press conference at the UN climate talks in Cancun today. You can watch the press conference at http://webcast.cc2010.mx/webmedia_en.html?id=248 and the speech (in Spanish) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVv3s4uST-k

On what the goal of the summit should be:

“Our aim here is to look at how to cool down planet Earth. Our planet has a high temperature, it is wounded, and we are witnessing the convulsions of planet Earth. We have an enormous responsibility toward life and humanity. … I call on leaders to take responsibility, and make history by responding to the demands of the people.”
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In an in depth interview with Democracy Now, Ambassador Pablo Solon shares:

  • Bolivia’s perspective on wikileak revelations on US use of blackmail to secure support for Copenhagen Accord,
  • the lack of progress so far in Cancun as Developed Countries try to reduce responsibilities and impose them instead on Developing Nations
  • why Bolivia will not walk out on negotiations

Watch the clip on Democracy Now

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Link to webcast

In a press conference this morning at the COP16 climate negotiations in Cancun, Ambassador Pablo Solon of the Plurinational State of Bolivia said that a new text released yesterday by the Chair of the working group on Long-Term Cooperative Action is imbalanced, and excludes the proposals of Bolivia and many other developing nations. The main differences, Solon indicated, must be ironed out in negotiations among countries rather than unilaterally decided by a Chair. Read the rest of this entry »

Ambassador Pablo Solon. Article in Outreach magazine distributed in Cancun
Cancun should be about those responsible for climate change committing to reduce greenhouse gases. It sounds like a strange thing to say. Unfortunately our experience in past climate talks is that emission reductions is often the last thing discussed. Instead valuable time is spent trying to shift responsibility from those who have caused climate change to those suffering the effects, and looking for ever more creative financial mechanisms for multinational corporations to make profits from climate change. Read the rest of this entry »

COMMIUNIQUE (New York, 11/17/10)

Following an initiative by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the United Nations General Assembly approved by consensus yesterday a draft resolution (A/C.3/65/L.22/Rev.1) in which countries agreed to hold a “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” in 2014.

The Conference, which will take place at the end of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (2005 – 2014), aims to exchange criteria for the fulfillment of the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read the rest of this entry »

                         Declaration of the Ministerial Committee for the  

                                      Defense of Nature of ALBA-TCP

                                              NATURE HAS NO PRICE

Ministers, Authorities of the Ministerial Committee for the Defense of Nature of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Nicaragua, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas – Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA-TCP), gathered in the city of La Paz in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, from November 3rd to 5th, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

By Judy Rebick, Rabble.ca, 10/19/10 – The global battle on climate change is heating up in the build up to Cancun including here in Canada. The statement below was written by a group of activists who met with Bolivian President Evo Morales at the end of September in New York City.

Statement from Climate Justice Activists

We the undersigned representatives of Social Movements and NGO’s, meeting at a side event with President Morales of Bolivia during the Millennium Development Goals Summit, New York City, September 23, 2010,

Affirm the need for urgent action in the lead-up to the Cancun climate negotiations, Nov. 27 to Dec. 10, both in Mexico and internationally, Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you Mr. President:

Bolivia, on behalf of Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela – members of the Boliviarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) – as well as Paraguay, supports the assertions made by the distinguished delegate of Yemen on behalf of the G77 and China, and considers the second commitment period by Annex 1 countries under the Kyoto Protocol to be absolutely necessary in this negotiation, not only because it is imperative that we meet the legal obligations assumed in good faith by States upon signing this international agreement, but more importantly, because we risk losing the only home we have. Read the rest of this entry »

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