COMMUNICATION GROUP – COMITÉ INTERNACIONAL FIRST NEWSLETTER

Noviembre 9, 2010

The International Committee is an initiative open to networks, movements, campaigns, organizations around the world that work in a unified way and on the basis of solidarity with the popular movements preparing for the COP 16 Climate Change conference in Cancún, México (from November 29 to December 10, 2010). This International Committee I.C. (see the current members’ list below) supports the major efforts such as joint actions, mobilizations and educational events that Mexican organizations are organizing to ensure that, in combination with ongoing monitoring efforts, popular sector pressure will be brought to bear on the official COP 16 conference. In addition mobilizations are being planned for several regions/countries during the COP 16 conference in Cancun. The I.C. is seeking to provide a space where as many organizations and people as possible can come together to fight for climate justice.

The Communication Group (C.G.) of the International Committee has been created with the aim of supporting the building of a global communications strategy, based on already existing alternative networks. The C.G. also aims to provide copy for professionals who work within the main stream media.

Appended to this introductory note, and only as an early C.G. sample, is the document which was released by the International Committee when it was founded.. Please find below a summary of recent information provided by our participating networks.

Until the next Newsletter, we send you our greetings and solidarity.

Communication Group – International Comittee

COMITÉ INTERNACIONAL FROM COPENHAGEN AND COCHABAMBA TO CANCÚN AND BEYOND FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AND REAL SOLUTIONS

With the debate on climate change gaining new momentum – starting with the dissemination of the IPCC report, the Bali conferences, Copenhagen and the People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, we, social movements and organizations, together with international networks, have been constructing a set of popular initiatives that aim to strengthen the global movement for climate justice.

These initiatives share – taking into account the many diverse realities– the same strategic perspective. To confront the grave global climate crisis, it is necessary to make profound changes, abandon the false solutions that will only worsen the problem and put the rights of the people and nature at the centre of this debate.

We believe it is necessary to change the prevailing system of production and consumption, which is based on an unjust and exclusive development model that has a predatory relationship towards nature, and move towards new ways of living based on social, environmental and climate justice.

For us, real solutions to global warming must effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure compensation for the climate debt the industrialized North has accumulated in the South. The real solutions are climate, environmental and social justice, respect for human rights and people’s self-determination, food sovereignty, recuperation of land and land reform, indigenous agriculture and people’s integration and solidarity.

We are fighting for the recognition of common, but differentiated responsibilities and commitments for both emission cuts and assuming adaptation and mitagation costs. We fight for a just transition process, based on climate, environmental, social and gender justice, towards a new model that guarantees decent work, the creation of good jobs and the respect of workers’ rights. We fight to defend the right to water and the democratic, social and community management of water that helps to halt the climate crisis. We fight for land reform and the promotion of local indigenous and peasant farming that has proven it is able to produce in harmony with nature and contribute to the cooling of the planet.

In the face of the weak and problematic “Copenhagen Agreement”, we, the people, are committed to the construction and deepening of the “People’s Agreement”. We consider the People’s Agreement reached at the Cochabamba Summit to be our starting point, which must be deepened and debated in the same way it was constructed – that is, through debate with and proposals from the people, and social movements and organizations.

The mobilizations, forums, debates, meetings and activities that will be organized by social networks and organizations in Cancun, Mexico parallel to and within the COP 16 will mark a key moment in the process of accumulating experience and knowledge, and strengthening the global movement for climate justice.

We call on everyone to:

Promote a broad global exchange of visions and perspectives to continue the debates held in Cochabamba and that will extend beyond Cancun, and to build from below the people’s measures and concrete demands that must be adopted to reverse the climate crisis and advance towards climate justice.

Mobilize to Cancun and throughout the world to reject the profit, lobby and commodification strategies used by the transnational companies, banks and those with financial interests, governments of industrialized countries and their financial institutions in order to continue to avoid their historic responsibilities.

Support and promote decentralized mobilizations around the world, like those of the Via Campesina’s call for “Thousands of Cancuns for Climate Justice.”

Unmask the false solutions to climate change and accuse those responsible for them by providing testimonies, evidence and concrete proof of the negative impacts at the global level of carbon markets, genetically modified organisms, agrofuels, geo-engineering, nuclear energy, carbon capturing and storage, “Clean Development Mechanisms” and the current REDD projects, which are being promoted but do not address the real needs of the people.

Force the World Bank and its regional and international financial bodies out of all plans for managing and financing efforts to address climate change and the global environmental crisis, as it is one of the primary agencies responsible for current disasters and for imposing an exclusive, predatory development model and financial and political conditionalities on many impoverished countries.

As Part of a Global Action Strategy, we propose:

Holding a global day of action on October 8th around the demand for the “World Bank Out of Climate Issues!” in parallel to the beginning of the annual meeting of this agency, which is responsible for multiple political disasters impacting people, and as a part of the “Global Week of Action Against Debt and International Financial Institutions”, from October 7th to 17th.

Participating and supporting mobilizations called by TUCA, ITUC and trade union centrals on October 7th, the World Day for Decent Work.

Mobilizing on October 12th in various parts of the world to hold a Global Minga in Defense of Mother Earth and for Climatic and Environmental Justice.

Carrying out a global common day of actions on November 29, the day the COP 16 begins in Cancun.

Organizing mobilizations and actions during the next G20 meeting, at a global level and in Seoul where the summit will be held and in which climate change issues will be central, in order to create a bridge “from Seoul to Cancun” to make the link between actions and demands promoted there.

Organizing mobilizations, forums, activities, debates and actions in Cancun parallel to and within COP 16, in a large global space for climate justice, remaining alert and rejecting any bad agreement that could eventually come out of these negotiations.

Holding in Cancun, parallel to COP 16, a session of the People’s International Tribunal on Ecological Debt and Climate Justice draft an acusation related to climatic and environmental crimes.

Building a decentralized, multi-sectoral, horizontal, collaborative and open communications strategy in the form of a global minga to contiuously share information on initiatives, activities, reports and testimonies on actions held around the world, and positions and proposals for a real solution to climate crisis. This strategy includes both our own alternative means of communication and influencing national and international media that will be present in Cancun.

Launching a process to prepare and discuss the holding of a Global Consultation/Referendum on climate change policies.

To achieve this, we call on everyone to:

Form an International Committee, open to all networks, movements, campaigns and international organizations that work with a sense of organization, unity and solidarity and complementary to the tremendous efforts by Mexican organizations to coordinate, mobilization and deal with logistics. The International Committee will ensure that there will be pressure during and follow-up to COP 16 in Cancun, and support the decentralized mobilizations that will take place during this key moment in other parts of the world.

Set up an international working group to concretize the global communication strategy, which will be based on existing alternative communication networks and with professionals who support interventions in conventional international media.

Use the internet site of Climatic Dialogue – Mexican Space dialogoclimatico.org to share information on activities and mobilizations that will take place in each country or region, register activities and self-organized events in Cancun and stay informed on logistical, organizational and programme updates for the days of activities and mobilizations in Cancun.

Signed by
Redes Regionales,
Alianza Internacional de Habitantes
Alianza Social Continental ; ASC
Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y el Caribe ; ATALC
Campaña Mesoamericana de Justicia Climática
Convergencia de Movimientos de Pueblos de las Américas –COMPA
Confederación Sindical de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores de las Américas ;CSA
Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas – CAOI
Encuentro Sindical Nuestra América
Jubileo Sur;Américas
Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres ; MMM
Red Internacional de Género y Comercio IGTN
CADTM;AYNA
Centro América por el Diálogo ;CAD (Centroamericano)
Oilwatch International
Red Manglar Internacional
Redes y organizaciones nacionales
Blue Planet Project
Common Frontiers ; Canadá
Dialogo Climático; Espacio Mexicano ; México
Ditsö; Costa Rica
Ecologistas en Acción ; España
Fundación Solón – Bolivia
Plataforma Boliviana frente al Cambio Climático ;Bolivia
Rede Brasileira pela Integração dos Povos – REBRIP Brasil
Servicio Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de América Latina, Mons. Romero" ;SICSAL
Servicios Ecuménicos de Formación Cristiana – SEFCA ; Guatemala
Solidariedade e Educação; FASE Brasil
Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña; UNES – El Salvador
Asociacion A SUD ; ITALIA
ATTAC ; Argentina
Comisión de Ecosocialismo del Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores;México
Comité impulsor boliviano;Movimiento mundial por la defensa de la madre tierra
Confederación Sindical de Ecuador ; CSE ; Ecuador
El Centro de Investigación Sobre Inversión y Comercio, CEICOM; El Salvador
Fair ; Italia
Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos ; Argentina
Foro de Ecología ; España
Indian Social Action Forum;INSAF;India.
Informationsgruppe Lateinamerika ; Austria
Mesa Nacional de Cambio Climático;Guatemala
Movimiento Social Nicaragüense
Movimiento Tzuk Kim;pop ;Guatemala
Plataforma Rural ; España
Red Costarricense de Agendas Locales de Mujeres ; Costa Rica
Red de Coordinación en Biodiversidad;Costa Rica
Red Italiana para la Justicia Social y Ambiental;RIGAS;Italia

INFORMATION: ON THE ROAD TO CANCÚN. DIÁLOGO CLIMÁTICO-ESPACIO MEXICANO

The Diálogo Climático-Espacio Mexicano brings together a wide range of civil society and social movement actors, including urban and rural grassroots organizations, trade unions, students, peasants, migrants, indigenous peoples, women’s networks and some NGOs, who are interested in debating the main issues related to the climate crisis, promoting mobilizations, exchanging information and coordinating educational and media activities to demand climate justice for the next 16th Conference of Parts Meeting, which will take place from November 29th to December 10th, 2010 in Cancun, Mexico. It is a plural and open space, in which different opinions, strategies and political cultures are expressed while, at the same time, its organizing efforts are based on a shared and clear political position for common action.

At the international level, the networks, organizations and social movements – that have worked together in the struggle against the free trade model and its effects on people’s lives and in the search for alternatives – support this initiative. We have sent a Call with our political positions/proposals for COP16. An international commitee has been established, in which international networks, national alliances and organizations interested in supporting the coordination work towards Cancun are participating.

Although not all social movements and networks are part of this confluence/space, it was agreed that we would continue looking for unity (in Mexico and at the international level) , proposing that the different social movements that will be organizing parallel activitiesjoin in the December 7th mobilization and elaborate a common declaration. We also propose that we strengthen our efforts through mutual support, in terms of promoting activities, doing joint press work, coordinating as much as possible our debates and panels and respecting the role and autonomy of each space.

We send below some information on the latest advances and definitions concerning the activities in Cancún:

Calendar
December 3th and 4th: arrival of the caravans
December 5th-10th: Climate Justice Forum
December 7th (to be confirmed) mobilization – global action day
December 11th : reactions to the COP16 final statement/declaration.

Place

Through negotiations with the federal government and the municipal government of Cancun and thanks to social pressure, it has been confirmed that the venue for activities wil be the “Super Manzana 21”, located in the center of Cancun. There is a proposal to call the space “MUP Palas” (the name refers to the social movement and to the civil society meeting place that has been accredited by the UN). The government accepted the Dialogo Climático-Espacio Mexicano’s conditions, which are: to respect the autonomy, the self-coordination and the independence of social movements; there will be no police inside the venue, nor security procedures for entering the space or to attend events. Also, corporate propaganda and expositions and media events organized by the government will take place elsewhere in the city (that is to say that the “Villa Climatica”, set up by the government is totally separate from our autonomous civil society space).

International Commitee’s Working Commissions/Committees

4 working commissions have been created (on an international level), and will coordinate with the comrades working in Mexico.

1. Political: define the key messages that are to be highlighted, discussion and elaboration of a draft statement.
2. Methodology: define the agenda and the activities program, discuss thematic areas
3. Communications: support the media strategy, for both alternative and official media, and promote activities prior to COP16; it will promote exchanges with and the participation of other networks.
4. Mobilization: coordination of mobilizations inside and outside Cancun.

All the organizations and networks interested in participating in the international commitee and support the working comissions, please write to: secretaria@asc-hsa.net

Additional Information (Updates are avaliable on the site: www.dialogoclimatico.org)

We’d like to report on some important elements:

  • Now that the physical space for the events has been defined, a list of the hotels near the Super Manzana 21 and the instructions to make reservations will be posted on the above-mentioned site.
  • The Mexican government has agreed to adopt a a simplified procedure for obtaining visas. Information on this procedure will also be posted on the website.
  • Also on this website, one can register the self-organized events;
  • Both the international caravans and the ones being organized in Mexico are growing in size and a campsite is being organized for them. At the campsite, social movements from Cancun will prepare food in comunitary kitchens at a very low cost.
  • We also report from Mexico that there is dialogue to seek convergences with La Via Campesina and Klimaforum 10. In fact, the caravans will bring together people and organizations from both international confluences.

For any further information regarding the Climate Dialogue, please contact: dialogo_es_mex@laneta.apc.org
To sign up in support and view the current list of conveners: www.dialogoclimatico.org/convocantes