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The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
was a global gathering of civil society and governments hosted by the government of Bolivia
Bolivia officially known as Plurinational State of Bolivia , is a landlocked country in central South America. It is the poorest country in South America...
in Tiquipaya, just outside the city of Cochabamba
Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, located in a valley bearing the same name in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cochabamba Department and is the fourth largest city in Bolivia with an urban population of 608,276 and a metropolitan population of more than 1,000,000 people...
from April 19–22, 2010. The event was attended by around 30,000 people from over 100 countries, and the proceedings were transmitted live online by OneClimate
OneClimate is a nonprofit internet climate news, social activism and social networking site, and part of internet portal uk.OneWorld.net. It received international media attention during the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference for its 'Virtual Bali' initiative, and also during the COP15...
and the Global Campaign for Climate Action
The Global Campaign for Climate Action , is a global alliance of more than 280 non-profit organizations all over the world. Our shared mission is to mobilize civil society and galvanize public support to ensure a safe climate future for people and nature, to promote the low-carbon transition of our...
(GCCA). The conference was viewed as a response to what some termed failed climate talks in Copenhagen during the 15th United Nations Conference of Parties (COP15) climate meetings in December 2009. There have been claims after the Conference ended that there were flaws in its organization and that the Venezuelan government funded it partially .
One of the important objectives of the conference was to produce proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol
The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , aimed at fighting global warming...
and projects in the lead-up to the next UN climate negotiations scheduled during the COP16 meeting in Cancun, Mexico in December 2010.
Conference topics included a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a World People's Referendum on Climate Change, and the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal.
The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth resulted in a People's Accord that can be viewed on the website of the conference: http://pwccc.wordpress.com/
- "Why did Copenhagen fail to deliver a climate deal?", "BBC", December 22, 2009.
- Kope, Jerry. "Climate 2010: An Exclusive Conversation With Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace" "Huffington Post", March 31, 2010.
- By John Vidal, Allegra Stratton and Suzanne Goldenberg. "Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure", "The Guardian", December 19, 2009.
- "Information Guide", World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth official website. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- Spaces for Movement? Reflections from Bolivia on climate justice, social movements and the state, Building Bridges Collective. Retrieved August 29, 2010.