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GPF Exclusive Video Interview: Ambassador Solón on The World People's Conference and the Politics of Exclusion in Climate Change Diplomacy


In international climate change negotiations, decision making is often carried out by a small number of powerful nations, while the countries and stakeholders most likely to be severely impacted by climate change, are excluded from negotiations. Such diplomacy was apparent at the Copenhagen Summit, and resulted in un-substantive and non-binding commitments towards tackling this great global problem. In response to the disappointing Copenhagen Accord, Bolivia organized the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, with the aim of developing a People's agenda for addressing climate change and introducing greater democracy into climate negotiations. GPF Associate Kate Porter interviews H.E. Ambassador Pablo Solón about the Cochabamba World People's Conference and the global power structures of climate governance that have historically limited democratic decision making on climate change.

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