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NEWS: Barlow at UN for presentation of climate declaration

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN in New York this morning.

The Associated Press reports this afternoon that, “Bolivia’s president and indigenous, social and environmental leaders are pressing for new rights for the planet, a greater role in global climate talks and deep cuts in rich nations’ greenhouse gases.”

“(President Evo Morales) and several activists said the voluntary cuts in the U.S.-brokered Copenhagen Accord last December doom the planet to overheating. They presented U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with an alternative declaration by a conference of 35,000 people in Cochabamba, Bolivia, last month.”

President Evo Morales, Maude Barlow (seated) with Pablo Solon.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and Blue Planet Project organizer Anil Naidoo are at the United Nations in New York today for this presentation and meetings with Morales, Bolivian

ambassador to the UN Pablo Solon, and a dozen representatives from international civil society.

The AP report notes, “(The alternative declaration) demands $300 billion a year to deal with global warming, emissions cuts of 50 per cent by 2020 in developed nations and an international climate court for enforcement.”

Photo 1) Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN in New York this morning.

Photo 2) President Evo Morales, Maude Barlow (seated) with Pablo Solon.

Photo 3) Maude Barlow, Blue Planet Project organizer Anil Naidoo, President Evo Morales