Bolivia will host a climate change meeting conference for Latin American social movements next year to set out environmental proposals for the world's most important global warming summit, President Evo Morales has announced.
The Global Climate Change Meeting of Social Movements of the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America and Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) will take place in September or October, ahead of the critical COP 21 summit in Paris slated to take place in December.
“In the ALBA meetings, with the presidents and vice presidents, we have decided that the Bolivian government will organize a summit, and international event of social movements. I'm calculating that maybe it will be September or October,” Morales said in a press conference Friday.
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“We will take forward the conclusions (of the summit) to the next meeting that will take place in Paris,” he continued.
Morales has been at the forefront of a campaign to make the wealthiest countries honor their commitments outlined by the Kyoto Protocol, a legally-binding agreement designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent catastrophic global warming.
The indigenous leader delivered a key speech at this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, which has widely been regarded as a failure with no satisfactory emissions reduction agreement reached.
“Here there is a very important responsibility for us, in light of the failure in Lima over climate change. As our environmental ministers develop a proposal, to work at this level and to propose a world-wide meeting of social movements, that could be the proposal to save lives and humanity,” Morales said.
The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are celebrated on a yearly basis since 1995 – when the first Conference of the Parties or COP 1 took place in Berlin – and are part of the U.N Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The main focus of the meetings are to assess progress in dealing with climate change, and negotiate the Kyoto Protocol to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions