International Honoree, Pablo Solon, is the Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Solon in his role as Ambassador to the UN has boldly confronted the reality of climate change with principled approaches that often put him at odds with the rubber stamp diplomats of other nations. Global Exchange was present in Cancun this past December at the UN Climate Change Conference when Bolivia refused to sign on to the toothless government agreement, and stood with civil society to champion the Rights of Mother Earth. Mr. Solon makes a clear call to tackle the root causes of the climate change crisis systemically, with scale, and once and for all.
Having worked with indigenous people' movements, workers, unions, student associations and human rights organizations, Ambassador Solon recently took his activist heart to the global stage of the UN and introduced the draft text for a Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a companion piece to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, this past Earth Day, April 22nd.
On June 1, 2011 Mr. Solon was honored by Global Exchange (globalexchange.org) at the 9th Annual Human Rights Awards. Watch his speech here: vimeo.com/25078382
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