Bolivia proposes world conference on climate change

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

LA PAZ, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday called for a world conference to discuss the effects of climate change and ways to tackle it.

"Due to a historical responsibility for the mankind, we decided to summon the First World Conference of the People on Climate Change," Morales told a press conference.

He urged all leaders of the world's indigenous ethnic groups, scientists and experts on environmental issues to attend the Conference, which was scheduled for April 20-22 in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba.

The president said industrialized countries, which produce 75 percent of the greenhouse gases, are the major sources of climate change.

The goals of the Conference is to analyze the structural and systemic causes of climate change and to propose further measures to enhance harmony between mankind and the nature, he added.

New commitments will be made at the conference for the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to guide the committed governments on climate change negotiations.

The conference will define a position on climate debt, migrants and refugees due to climate change, reduction of greenhouse gases, transfer of technology, financing with regard to climate change.

Participants will also work for a world referendum on climate change and the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal, the president said.