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Statement of the Asian Peoples' Solidarity for Climate Justice

October 5, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand
29 September 2009

We, the Asian Peoples Solidarity for Climate Justice, are gathered here in
Bangkok, Thailand to take our stand in the face of an unprecedented
conflict. It is a conflict over resources, a conflict driven by unfettered
profiteering and the slavery of consumption, it is a conflict brought about
the domination and ascendancy of private interest over public good.

Among the direst consequences of this conflict is global warming and the
planetary impacts that are just beginning to unfold as we speak, such as
rising seas, mass forced migration due to massive drought and the increase
in frequency and severity of extreme weather events. The impacts also
include rapid economic meltdown and the destruction of jobs and livelihoods,
because the environmental ills the world is facing today are inextricably
wedded to the global economic and financial system.

Unless the call for equity and justice prevail over this conflict, we will
continue to face the sustained -- and progressively worsening --
violation of human rights on a global scale and the destruction of all
ecosystems.

We - the Asian Peoples Solidarity for Climate Justice - believe that solving
the climate crisis requires nothing less than the basic transformation of
the global system - economic, political, socio-cultural. And given the
narrow window of time to prevent catastrophic, irreversible consequences of
the climate crisis, it is imperative to hasten the process of profound
social transformation.
Part of this process is compelling governments to take immediate actions
towards climate justice.

This is why we have come together. This is why we are in Bangkok today.

We, the Asian Peoples' Solidarity for Climate Justice - consist of basic
sectors, grassroots communities, the marginalized and most vulnerable,
including women, indigenous peoples, fisher folk and coastal communities,
farmers and rural communities, forest communities, formal and informal
workers, migrants and climate refugees, youth, urban poor, and others.

We will march in the streets of Bangkok together on October 5 to raise the
following immediate calls and demands:

1. Developed countries (the north) to give full reparations for the
ecological debt and climate debt they owe to developing countries (the
south).

Reparations include full financing without conditions and the transfer of
appropriate and environment friendly technology without the restrictions
posed by intellectual property rights - to enable the people of the South to
deal with the impacts of climate change.

2. Developed countries (the north) to undertake deep, drastic cuts of GHG
emissions through domestic measures.

3. Southern nations to assert their right to develop and meet the needs of
its people through a system that is ecologically sound, just and democratic
and free from the chains of neocolonialism.

4. No to technological fixes like geo-engineering; No to false solutions
that:

Ø Violate the rights of indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized
groups;

Ø Undermine ecological balance and have no significant contribution to
reduction in GHG emissions

Ø Allow northern governments to evade their responsibilities; Pave the way
for private corporations to generate profits from the climate crisis and for
elites to exercise greater control over natural resources.

5. End the policies, operations and projects of IFIs that exacerbate climate
change. Stop IFIs, especially the WB and regional development banks, from
claiming major roles in addressing the climate crisis.

6. Cancel all illegitimate debts claimed from the South as a matter of
justice and as a major step towards enabling countries to deal with the
economic and climate crises.

7. End trade and related agreements that continue the destructive
exploitation of the environment and local social and economic systems,
obstruct climate justice and exacerbate peoples' vulnerability.

8. Recognition and fulfillment of the basic rights of indigenous peoples,
working people, farmers and fisher folk, forest peoples, women, youth and
other marginalized groups in all processes and programs addressing the
climate crisis.

We call on all peoples of the South and the North to join together in this
common struggle.
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