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Peru: Indigenous organizations to present climate change agenda

The national organizations assembled in the Unity Pact of Indigenous Organizations of Peru convened a meeting to present their vision, proposals and agenda on climate change, put together by the indigenous peoples, as well as their mobilization and advocacy strategy gearing towards the COP 20.
The meeting will be held on Monday, July 21 at 4 pm, at the headquarters of the National Agrarian Confederation (CNA), located on Jr. Miro Quesada 327, Cercado de Lima (first floor). Civil society institutions, friends and allies of the indigenous movement are cordially invited.

“We believe that it is time for indigenous peoples to build comprehensive and affirmative proposals” reads the invitation sent to institutions “to meet the enormous challenges of climate change from their identity, history and social commitment.”

The Unity Pact emphasizes that communities and indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, a phenomenon caused by a “model of civilization at odds with Mother Earth that represents the greatest threat to humanity.”

The COP 20, to be held in Lima in December 2014, will be a very special occasion “to make visible the proposals from indigenous peoples and their situation.”

The official national climate agenda is reduced to five axes: a) Oceans; b) Forests; c) Glaciers, Mountains and Water Security, d) Renewable energy e) Sustainable cities.

For the Unity Pact, the proposed thematic scheme ignores fundamental factors related to climate change in our region as healthy territories, sustainable ecosystems, health, agriculture and food sovereignty, among others.

The Unity Pact consists of the following organizations: National Agrarian Confederation (CNA), Peasant Confederation of Peru (CCP), National Organization of Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Women of Peru (ONAMIAP) and National Unitary Center of Rondas Campesinas of Peru (CUNARC).

Also the National Union of Aymara Communities (UNCA) and the National Federation of Peasant, Artisans, Indigenous and Native Women of Peru (FEMUCARINAP).

Tags: Women, Climate



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