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Coordinating a People's Response to Copenhagen:
the Upcoming Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia

03/24/2010, NYC

The Mission of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations invites you to attend:

Coordinating a People's Response to Copenhagen:
the Upcoming Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia

A forum featuring:

  • Pablo Solón, Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, and
  • Sean Sweeney, Director of the Cornell Global Labor Institute
DATE: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
PLACE: Martin Luther King Auditorium
1199 SEIU Headquarters
310 W 43rd St.
New York, NY
TIME:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The forum is free but please RSVP to

Forum Topic

Please join us for a discussion about the state of climate change negotiations and the significance of the upcoming World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth, which will be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia from April 19th to 22nd. For more information about the conference, visit

This event was called for by President Evo Morales following the 2009 Copenhagen Summit in order to revolutionize the climate change debate and develop new proposals based on respect for Mother Earth. It will be an unprecedented gathering of governments and civil society, including scientists, academics, activists, social movements, labor unions, NGOs and other stakeholders. We will highlight opportunities to participate in the conference and discuss how we think the conference can help reshape negotations.

Pablo Solón is the Ambassador of Bolivia to the United Nations. Before assuming this position, he was Bolivia's Ambassador for issues concerning Integration and Trade. He was the Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) during Bolivia's Presidency of that institution (from December 2006 to May 2008), and he also served as President Evo Morales's delegate in the Strategic Reflection Committee for South American Integration (2006). Mr. Solón has been a social activist and worked for several years with different social organizations, indigenous movements, workers’ unions, student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in Bolivia.

Sean Sweeney is the Director and founder of the Global Labor Institute, a program of the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) based in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Industrial Relations from the University of Bath, England, in 1991. In 2007 Sweeney and the Global Labor Institute team worked with the Steelworkers and other unions to organize the North American Labor Assembly on Climate Crisis, the first major conference on unions and climate change. Sweeney and GLI then worked with the AFL-CIO and Change to Win to build U.S. labor's presence at the UN's climate talks in Bali for COP 13, and he serves on the International Trade Union Confederation's climate working group.

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