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NEWS: Maude Barlow in La Jornada

When Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow was in Mexico recently for the COP 16 climate conference, she was interviewed by La Jornada. La Jornada is one of Mexico City’s leading newspapers. It has approximately 287,000 readers in Mexico City and their website has approximately 180,000 daily page views.

The newspaper reports, “Maude Barlow, chairwoman of The Council of Canadians, an important civil society organization that promotes the care of the water and the environment, regretted that the draft climate change agreement at the summit favours the interests of capital and international financial organizations over the United Nations and the interests of the people. ‘Does Mexico want to be remembered as the country where the only binding agreement (Kyoto Protocol) was killed?’ she asked.”

In Spanish, the article reads, “Maude Barlow, presidenta de El Consejo de los Canadienses, importante grupo de organizaciones civiles y de sindicatos que promueven el cuidado del agua y del medio ambiente, lamentó que en los proyectos de acuerdo de esta cumbre del cambio climático se privilegien los intereses del capital y de los organismos financieros internacionales por encima de la conducción de Naciones Unidas y los intereses de los pueblos. ‘¿México quiere que se le recuerde como el país donde se destruyó el único acuerdo vinculante (Protocolo de Kyoto)?’, cuestionó.”

The full article – titled ‘Cancun may be the tomb of the Kyoto Protocol, warns NGOs’ – can be read at http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2010/12/10/index.php?section=sociedad&article=048n1soc.