Bolivia Proposes To The UN To Urgently Convene An Earth Assembly

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During the Reunion with Mother Earth: Global reflections for the defense of Pachamama, the Plurinational State of Bolivia assumed the commitment to lead, in coordination with all the peoples of the South, a global action in this matter and requested the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, to urgently convene an Earth Assembly to “continue developing the cosmobiocentric paradigm, not anthropocentric, within the framework of multilateralism.”

Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, focused his speech on the failure of the savage capitalist system, which has turned nature into merchandise and under which there is no way to comply with the goals of humanity; consequently, he said that “we must consider the capitalist system exhausted and decide to undertake another one in which human relations, of production, with mother earth, are profoundly different. This is the hard battle of our time.”

He warned that there is not much time to build this post-capitalist system, so he proposed that the Charter of the United Nations, of 1945, be amended to contemplate the rights of Mother Earth.

For her part, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), within her reflection she shared that:

“like never before, the citizens of the world are experiencing, firsthand and massively, the consequences of depraved levels of consumption and production distinctive of models predators of ecosystems and natural resources, which threaten the health of the planet and all its inhabitants, and this has generated an ecological and climate crisis unprecedented in the modern history of humanity.”

Finally, Luis Felipe López Calva, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), stated that the success of the United Nations Decade on the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030 depends on the collaboration of everyone, especially those in government, and that in this direction, a global transformation of attitudes and practices is necessary, and it is especially urgent to address the way in which the energy that drives the progress of countries is generated.

Other participants were Nnimmo Bassey, former president of Friends of the Earth International (Nigeria), Marie Toussaint, MEP and representative of the Alliance against Ecocide (France), Eliana Torrico, Colectivo Árbol (Bolivia), Vandana Shiva (India) and Cardinal Barreto, President of the Panamazonic Ecclesial Network (Peru).


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