[act-ma] 10/25 Panel & discussion with UN Climate Change envoys from Bolivia and Venezuela, at Boston College

Event Venezuela info.venezuela.event at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 11:47:36 PDT 2010

>From Copenhagen to Cancun:
Interpreting Development, Sovereignty & Global Environmental Governance

Four qualified experts, scholars and international negotiators will address
the opportunities and challenges contained in the UN discussions on Climate
Change as they debate on questions such as: What are the visions and
differences between the North and the South in such discussions? Is economic
development compatible with environmental justice? How can national
sovereignty issues be addressed in the context of an international
environmental governance system? Join this panel of dynamic experts as they
shed light in these crucial issues.

October 25th , 2010 6-9pm
at Lyons Dining Hall, Boston College (140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut
Hill, MA 02467)
Maps, Directions, Parking, Public Transportation:
Free admission, dinner will be served


Claudia Salerno Caldera, Special Envoy on Climate Change for the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela

Pablo Solón, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Plurinational State
of Bolivia to the UN

Julio Escalona, Adjunct Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the UN

Charles Derber,  Scholar, writer, and former Director of Social Economy and
Social Justice Graduate Programs at Boston College

About the Panelists:

Claudia Salerno Caldera is the Special Envoy on Climate Change for the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Director of International Institutions
at the Multilateral and Integration Affairs Office for the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.  A renown environmentalist, Ms.  Salerno holds degrees in
International Relations and a Doctorate in International Environmental Law.
 She represented the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America
(ALBA), a regional cooperation bloc between eight Latin American and
Caribbean countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Tianjin, China.

Ms. Salerno interview at Tianjin: *

Pablo Solón Romero is the Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia
to the United Nations, and principal negotiator on climate change policy.
Mr. Solón was one of the designers of the World People’s Conference on
Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which
took place last April, 2010. Formerly Bolivia's Ambassador for issues
concerning Integration and Trade, he also served as Secretary to the Union
of South American Nations (2006-08) and as President Evo Morales' delegate
to the Strategic Reflection Committee for South American Integration (2006).
An activist as well as a diplomat, Solón has worked for many years with
different social organizations, indigenous movements, workers unions,
student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in Bolivia.

Mr. Solón interview at Democracy Now:

Julio Escalona is the Adjunct Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela to the United Nations.  He holds degrees in Economics, Geopolitics
and Environmental Issues. He is the former Director of the School of
Economics and former head of the Department of Human Development at  Central
University of Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas. Escalona is also Professor of
Economics, General Economic History, Economic Education in Latin America,
Contemporary Marxism and Contemporary Social Problems.  He has coordinated
research seminars on economic integration, local economies, local
development, alternative technologies, and has been a participant and guest
lecturer at seminars, forums and academic institutions in Peru, Brazil,
Japan, Paris, Mexico and the US.

Some articles by Escalona about Climate Change, globalization and
international issues:


Charles Derber is a Professor of Sociology  and former Director of Social
Economy and Social Justice Graduate Programs at Boston College. Derber is a
prolific writer, offering not only sociological critiques but alternative
visions for development. His recent books focus on climate change,
capitalism, globalization, terrorism, the culture of hegemony, and the power
of multinational corporations. His op-eds, essays, and interviews have
appeared in The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Business Week, Time, Newsday, and
other magazines. He frequently makes appearances on television and talk
radio, including National Public Radio. His works include “Greed to Green:
Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy” (2010).

Derber speaks on connections between climate change, militarism and the
Charles Derber Speaks at IDEAS Boston 2009

These are comments on his new book, From Greed to Green:
“Charles Derber’s urgent call to action on climate change connects to
realistically upbeat ways to help resolve our energy, peace, and employment
challenges. To read this book is to react with personal and social action."
—Ralph Nader

"There's no way to solve climate change without also shifting, in profound
ways, our idea of what constitutes success and growth and progress. This is
the right book at the right—and crucial moment.”
—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and creator of the student-based
"Step It Up" campaign

Event sponsored by The Majority Agenda Project and the Consulate General of
Venezuela in Boston
Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department - Boston College
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