Cochabamba, [Bolivia] Oct 12 (ABI) – The Minister of Environment and Water, René Ortuño, inaugurated on Friday, in the city of Cochabamba, an international meeting of delegates from 23 indigenous peoples and friendly States that has the objective of elaborating strategies to stop climate change.

“This meeting acquires relevance due to the presence of indigenous peoples and friendly countries committed to advance in the construction of a self-sustainable global development,” he said at the opening ceremony of the meeting.

He explained that the event was organized in Bolivia, with a view to the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), to be held Dec. 3-14 in Katowice, Poland.

According to Ortuño, this meeting is part of global activities that seek mechanisms to confront the current climate crisis, which threatens the continuity of life on the planet.

He emphasized that in this international meeting will be consolidated initiatives aimed at overcoming this problem, which, he said, is intensified by the destruction of forests, erosion and soil degradation and pollution of oceans and rivers.

“This is largely due to the fact that the model of poverty and economic development, as we understand it today, is still based on the exploitation of the environment,” he said.

The authority said it is urgent to overcome the climate crisis because “The panel of experts on climate change of the United Nations” determined, a few days ago, that the global temperature rose by almost one degree centigrade and is at risk of meeting the global challenge of avoiding the continuation of its rise until 2030.

Photograph by La Pública Deslenguada


Translated from Spanish by Pressenza London 

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