People’s climate summit in Bolivia calls for climate justice and equity in Paris deal

The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life closed on Monday (Oct. 12) in Tiquipaya, Bolivia. The two-days event was organized by Bolivian President Evo Morales to discuss “the threats of capitalism against life, climate change and the construction of Living Well”, and to raise attention on key-issues related to the divide between rich and poor countries, such as indigenous rights, the loss and damage mechanism, the inclusion of climate justice and equity provisions in the new agreement to be agreed at COP21 in Paris.

It was the second event of this kind organized by the Bolivian government, that in 2010 hosted the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.

Delegates attending the summit included heads of state, union leaders and representatives of social movements. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the summit on Sunday (Oct. 11), defining the subject of the conference as “important and timely.”

At the sideline of the conference Bolivia also presented its INDCs to the UNFCCC.

Participants issued a declaration detailing visions and solutions to climate change and sustainable development challenges, and to current environmental, economic and political crises. The declaration is composed of several parts, including a summary of the documents adopted by 12 thematic working groups, an evaluation of the 2010’s conference achievements, and a list of concrete actions and proposals that signatories will push for at the climate talks in Paris, such as the institution of an International Mother Earth and Climate Justice Court, the implementation of a mechanism to cope with unavoidable effects of climate change (L&D), the development of alternatives to market-based instruments and current climate tools like REDD+ and carbon offsetting mechanisms.


(Image: Closing day of World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and Defense of Life, Tiquipaya, Bolivia, Oct. 12, 2015. Photo credit: conference’s official Twitter account @paravivirbienBO)