January 13, 2016

The Tiquipaya Conference on Climate Change


Bolivia has been active on trying to contribute to the global debate on climate change. Back in 2010 already it organized a conference of the peoples in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, where all the peoples (as in indigenous plus non-indigenous peoples) gathered together to make decisions on climate change. This conference came up with a paper, which eventually came to be known as Tiquipaya I.

In October 10 to 12, 2015, Bolivia organized a second conference in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba with the aim at the UN Climate Change conference in Paris, the COP 21. The results of this conference were to be presented at the COP 21 and were called Tiquipaya II. In this link you can find the results.

The paper basically is a plead for leaving capitalism as a form of development and to adopt instead the concept of Vivir Bien (Living Well), of course, the alternative model followed by Bolivia.


In the mean time, the COP 21 has already happened in November 30 to December 11, 2015 in Paris. It was considered a full success because of the, according to the media and the organizers, historical agreement. Here you can find more details on the conference and here you will find all the contributions of all participant countries. In any case, I could not find the declaration of Tiquipaya II.