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Latin American leaders are called to participate in upcoming United Nations Conference on the world crisis (G-192)

by Social Movements

29 May 2009

Letter to the Presidents and Heads of State
Latin America and the Caribbean

Dear Presidents and Heads of State,

We are writing to you in regard to the upcoming celebration in New York, June 24 to 26, of the United Nations’ Conference on the Economic and Financial Crisis and its Impact on Develoment. We urge you to give this Conference the priority it deserves and to participate, in your capacity as Heads of State, leading a delegation from your country of the highest level including the participation of relevant ministries and civil society organizations and movements involved in addressing the impacts and building alternatives in the face of this crisis.

Your presence and the active participation of the governments that you head in this Conference, which will bring together all of the United Nations members states - the “G192” - are necessary in order to achieve urgent and concrete responses that are in keeping with the seriousness of the global systemic crisis now confronting humanity. A crisis unleashed in the center of the system of economic and political power whose unsustainable and irresponsible model of consumption and production continues to asphixiate the entire planet, deepening day after day the social, climate, food, and energy crises with untold consecuences for billions of people, nature, and indeed life itself.

The responses thus far emerging from exclusive groups such as the G7 and the G20, and the very private, public, and multilateral financial institutions whose still impune responsibility for the generation of this crisis is flagrant, are responses aimed at saving the system on the backs of the same people and countries who have been paying the costs of its expansion for a long time.

In order to achieve global solutions, the strength and legitimacy are needed that can only be secured through global participation and respect for the voice of all countries in equal conditions. Therein lies the importance of this Conference at this moment, so that through the United Nations the entire international community - governments and “we the peoples” - might occupy our rightful place and reach agreement on immediate responses that can protect human and enviromental rights against any further deterioration and lead, over the medium term, to the building of a new paradigm of socio-economic, financial, and environmental relations at the global level.

The leadership of the current president of the UN General Assembly, together with the support of the majority of member countries, has made it possible for this Conference to be held. They have generated valuable inputs, including the recommendations of the Commission of Experts on the Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System, and a Draft Outcome Declaration that includes concrete proposals for consideration and adoption by participating States. Among other matters, they recognize the responsibility of the centers of power in the North for this crisis and pose immedate steps to establish a global stimulus fund that would not imply a new burden of illegitimate debt for those countries most in need. They recommend stopping, and reversing, the nefarious conditionalities imposed by the International Financial Institutions and in free trade agreements and investment protection treaties. Agreement on these and many other proposals can and should be reached at this Conference.

This Conference is where we want the governments of the countries of our region to participate, at the highest level, committing your leadership as part of the international community in defense of our needs and rights and those of Mother Earth. The existence of initiatives towards an integration in solidarity that are now advancing in Latin America and the Caribbean, such as ALBA, the Peoples’ Trade Agreements (TCP), the South Bank, the Union of South American Nations, the creation of a common reserve currency (SUCRE), comprehensive debt audits, among others, demonstrates that it possible to build alternatives for a development that is endogenous, sovereign, democratic, and sustainable.

At the same time, we reiterate our conviction with regard to the importance of calling on and including social movements and organizations, in order to debate and build together the ways out of this crisis - a crisis understood by many to be a truly grave crisis of civilization that is placing at risk the survival of all peoples and that of life itself on earth.


Signatures up to May 28th. , 6:30 PM

Latin American and Caribbean social movements, organizations and regional networks

Alianza de Pueblos del Sur Acreedores de la Deuda Ecológica-América latina/Caribe

Alianza Social Continental (ASC)


Amigos de la Tierra - América Latina y Caribe (ATALC)

Asamblea de los Pueblos de Caribe (APC)

Asociación Americana de Juristas (AAJ)

Asociacion Latinoamericana de Medicina Social (ALAMES)

Campaña por la Desmilitarización de las Américas (CADA)

Coalición Internacional para el Hábitat Oficina Regional para Am. Latina (HIC-AL)

Confederación Sindical de las Américas (CSA)

Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias (CLAI) - Secretaría regional Rio de la Plata

Convergencia de Movimientos Populares de América (COMPA)

Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas (CAOI)

Coordinadora de Organizaciones del Campo de Am. Latina y el Caribe (CLOC-V.C.)

Federación Luterana Mundial - Programa sobre Deuda Ilegítima

Grito de los/las Excluidos Continental

Jubileo Sur/Américas (JS/A)

Observatorio Internacional de la Deuda - América Latina


Plataforma Interamericana de DD. HH., Democracia y Desarrollo (PIDHDD)

Programa Conosur Sustentable

Red de Mujeres Transformando la Economía (REMTE)

Red Internacional de Género y Comercio (IGTN) - América Latina

Red Latinoamericana sobre Deuda, Desarrollo y Derechos (LATINDADD)

Red Mundial SICSAL - Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Secretaría
Servicio Paz y Justicia en América Latina (SERPAJ-AL)

Social movements, netoworks and organizations in Latin American and Caribbean countries

Asamblea Barrial de Beccar - Argentina

Asociación Americana de Juristas, Capítulo Argentino

Cátedra Nacional de Economía "Arturo Jauretche" - Argentina

Central de Trabajadores Argentinos (CTA), Secretaría de Integración - Argentina

Comisión de Asambleas Barriales por la Recuperación de las Privatizadas - Argentina

Comisión Provincial de Justicia y Paz- Misioneros
Claretianos, Argentina-Uruguay

Comunidad Teológica Rajab, Argentina

Diálogo 2000 - Argentina

Ecoportal.Net - Argentina

Espacio Ecuménico - Argentina

Federación Judicial Argentina

Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos - Argentina

Foro de Pensamiento y Construcción Social (Fpycs) - Argentina

Fundación Servicio Paz y Justicia - Argentina

Fundación SES - Argentina

Futuro Transgenérico - Argentina

Iglesia Evan. del Río de la Plata, Pdte. Pastor Schäfer y Sec. Gral. Pastor Schvindt

Médicos del Mundo - Delegación Argentina

Movimiento por la Paz, la Soberanía y la Solidaridad entre los Pueblos -Argentina

Movimiento Social Misiones, Juan Yadhjián - Argentina

Movimiento por la Soberanía e Integración de los Pueblos- MoSIP Argentina

Periódico El Espejo- Argentina

Taller de Creaciones Populares (TCP) - Quilmes, Argentina
CEADL - Bolivia

Comité Boliviano por la Paz y la Soberanía - Bolivia

Grito de los excluidos (as) Bolivia

Jóvenes por la Constituyente Bolivia

Movimiento antiracista Boliviano - Bolivia

Movimiento de Objetores de Conciencia Bolivia

Observatorio Boliviano de los Recursos naturales - Bolivia

Articulação de Mulheres Brasileiras - Brasil


Políticas Alternativas para el Cono Sur PACS - Brasil

Rede Brasil sobre Instituições Financeiras Multilaterais - Brasil

Rede Jubileu Sul Brasil

Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos - Brasil

Sociedade Brasileira de Economia Política (SEP) - Brasil

Vía Campesina - Brasil

Comite Monseñor Romero de Chile

Foro Espiritual de Santiago por la Paz, Dr. G. González Cortés, Coord. - Chile

Fundación EPES - Chile

Corporación Mujeres y Economía - Jubileo Sur Colombia

Centro Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Cuba

Grupo de Reflexion y Solidaridad Oscar Romero de Cuba
Acción Ecológica - Ecuador

Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales - Ecuador
Ecuador Decide - Ecuador

Fundación Pueblo Indio del Ecuador

Jubileo 2000 Red Guayaquil - Ecuador

Red de Ecologistas Populares del Ecuador

Red de Acción Ciudadana Frente al Libre Comercio- Sinti Techan - El Salvador

Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña-UNES - El Salvador

PAPDA - Haití

Bloque Popular - Honduras

Centro Nacional de Promoción Social, A.C. - México

Colectivo Marea Creciente - México

DECA Equipo Pueblo A.C. - México

Fundación Nuevo Milenio A.C. - México

Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos -México

Mujeres para el Diálogo A.C. (MpD) - México

Otros Mundos, AC/Chiapas - México

Red AMPES de Economía social y solidaria - México

Red de Enlace Vecinal Ciudadana - México

Red Jubileo Sur México

Red Mexicana de Acción frente al Libre Comercio - México

Red Nacional Género y Economía (REDGE) - México

Siembra, A.C. - México

Consejo Nacional Indígena de Pueblos Nahuat y Chorotegas - Nicaragua

Movimiento Social Nicaragüense Otro Mundo es Posible - Nicaragua

Red Nacional de Defensa de los Consumidores (RNDC) - Nicaragua

Asociación Americana de Juristas, Capítulo Paraguay

Coordinadora para Asentamientos Espontáneos - Paraguay

Frente Social y Popular - Paraguay

Grito de los Excluidos de Paraguay

Red de Organizaciones Sociales - Encarnación-Itapua-Paraguay

Comisión de la Mujer de Conades - Perú

Red Jubileo Perú - Perú

Grito de las/os Excluidas/os de Puerto Rico

Comité Pro Niñez Dominico-Haitiana-Puerto Rico

Proyecto Caribeño de Justicia y Paz - Puerto Rico

Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs (FITUN) - Trinidad and Tobago

Plataforma DESCAM - Uruguay

Coalición de las Tendencias Clasistas (CTC)- Venezuela

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