Thirty-five Members of the European Parliament from the European United Left / Nordic Green Left have signed their support for World People’s Conference on Climate Change and Defense of Life to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from October 10 to 12, 2015.

The conference in Bolivia aims to provide a platform for leaders of social movements, academics, scientists, government officials and representatives from all continents to agree on proposals to be put to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) which will be held in Paris in November.

Spanish MEP Estefania Torres Martinez will attend the conference in Bolivia on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group.

Ms Torres Martinez comments: “It is a great honour for me to participate in this conference as a representative of the GUE/NGL Group. I expect to return with some relevant high-level proposals to be introduced on the COP21 agenda in Paris.”

“It is essential that Southern people have a voice in the upcoming summit in Paris and that they put pressure on the highly industrialised countries that have greater responsibility in the fight against climate change.

“We, from the European left, and environmentally conscious people from highly industrialised countries should also strongly support them in their fight against the commodification of nature and the introduction of financial mechanisms that are speculating with their countries' resources.”

Members of the European Parliament from the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group who have signed a letter of support for the conference and its aims include:

1. Gabi Zimmer, Germany, President
2. Estefanía Torres, Spain
3. Javier Couso, Spain
4. Marina Albiol, Spain
5. Paloma López, Spain
6. Ángela Vallina, Spain
7. Lidia Senra, Spain
8. Dimitris Papadimoulis, Greek
9. Tania González, Spain
10. Younous Omarjee, France
11. Patrick Le Hyaric, France
12. Joao Ferreira, Portugal
13. Ines Zuber, Portugal
14. Miguel Viegas, Portugal
15. Kostadinka Kuneva, Greece
16. Kostas Chrysogonos, Greece
17. Stelios Kouloglou, Greece
18. Marisa Matías, Portugal
19. Miguel Urbán, Spain
20. Lynn Boylan, Ireland
21. Barbara Spinelli, Italy
22. Nikos Chountis, Greece
23. Elonora Forenza, Italy
24. Takis Hadigeorgiou, Cyprus
25. Cornelia Ernst, Germany
26. Martina Michels, Germany
27. Pablo Iglesias, Spain
28. Merja Kyllönen, Finland
29. Fabio de Masi, Germany
30. Helmut Scholz, Germany
31. Martina Anderson, Ireland
32. Neoklis Sylikiotis, Cyprus
33. Rina Ronja Kari, Denmark
34. Sabine Lösing, Germany
35. Sofia Sakorafa, Greece

An open call for participation in the conference is attached. 

Further information on the conference:

GUE/NGL Press Contact:
Nikki Sullings  +32 22 83 27 60 / +32 483 03 55 75
Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20

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