Rio2012: Latin American and Caribbean civil society consultation in La Paz

After the informal negotiations earlier this month at the UN Headquarters in New York on the way to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012), several civil society organizations decided to hold next week a consultation in La Paz, Bolivia, to discuss the Latin American and Caribbean agenda at the meeting and to prepare the simultaneous People’s Summit.

The initiative, titled “Defending Rights to a Transformative Agenda at Rio+20 and Beyond”, was launched by the following groups: IBON International, UNITAS, Plataforma Boliviana Frente al Cambio Climático, Fundación Solón, Fundación Jubileo, CEDLA, Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana and Latindadd (Red Latinoamericana sobre Deuda, Desarrollo y Derechos). All of them have actively taken part in the negotiations.

The civil society organizations’ concerns were triggered by the attempt of certain UN member states to delete or bracket references to rights and equity in the outcome document for Rio2012.

This became a common rallying call among nearly all major groups and stakeholders in meetings with member states and UN officials during the intersessional negotiations in New York.

The consultation will be held on May 30 and 31 at the Centro de Eventos “El Auditorium”, Fernando Guachalla 421, La Paz.

For more information, the organizations should contact Tetet Lauron, IBON International (, Susana Erostegui, UNITAS (, or Dario Kenner, Plataforma Boliviana frente al Cambio Climático (