Declaration | Social Forum of the Americas Rejects Market-Based Mechanisms and REDD

Social Movements Assembly Declaration

The IV Americas Social Forum

Asuncion, August 15, 2010

Our America is coming!

Nane Amérika TeeOnemongu’ Ehína!

Social movements present at the IV Americas Social Forum, in Asuncion,

Paraguay, we reaffirm our solidarity and commitment to Paraguayan

people to the urgent need for progress in their process to sovereignty

recovery over its territory, goods common, energy resources, land

reform and democratization.

We are in a continent where in recent decades there has been a reunion

between social movements and indigenous movements, which from their

ancestral knowledge and historical memory radically question the

capitalist system. In recent years, there were renewed social

struggles led to the neoliberal governments departure and emerge of

governments that have implemented positive reforms such as economy

vital sectors nationalization and constitutional redefinition.

But right forces on the continent are trying to stop any changes

process. They operate from their political, economic, mass media,

judiciary places which adds a new imperialism offensive – even

military – supporting them. Since last Americas Social Forum held in

Guatemala in 2008 we witnessed the Honduras’ coup, the U.S. military

presence increased throughout the Americas. Military bases

installation agreements proliferate, the Fourth Fleet is operating in

our seas. This is a systematic effort to destabilize democracy in the

continent social movements are increasingly suppressed and


We denounce the illegitimacy of the de facto president of Honduras

Porfirio Lobo, at the same time we recognize its people’s resistance

and support their struggle for constitutional re-foundation to

establish a true democracy.

We support the Haitian people’s struggle they do not need a military

intervention and economic occupation to rebuild. On the contrary, we

demand that the country’s sovereignty be respected and other countries

to make a joint cooperation in the fields of health, education,

agriculture and those that are required. We demand the unconditional

cancellation of debt and reject illegitimate debt new process.

Free trade continues in all its variants. This is the central feature

of the European Union strategy, the other neo-colonial power that

operates in Latin America and Caribbean. The International Financial

Institutions are implementing these strategies -World Bank,

International Monetary Fund, regional ‘development’ banks and private

banking groups- they are creating new and huge debts with direct

impacts to people and nature.

All these threats are linked to an excluding and predatory single

primary export development model that impact on many territories that

expelled populations to uproot and migration. The current systemic

crisis shows capitalist model depletion – and its power centers:

banks, TNCs and G8 governments. Today it attempts to draw the whole

world to a limit and to a visible nuclear war threat by the U.S.

Natural resources protection has become popular organizations and

social movements struggle agenda against devouring capitalism. A

common front is being reinforced against nature destruction and

"market environmentalism" and "green capitalism" are false solutions

such as carbon markets, biofuels, GMOs and geoengineering which are

promoted from principal power centers because of climate change.

We denounce Northern geopolitical countries governments rather than

confront serious climate change impacts they are seeking to evade

responsibility and to develop new carbon market mechanisms to make

more profit, such as "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

Degradation "(REDD), which promotes forests commercialization and

privatization and loss of sovereignty over territories. We reject such


We demand these countries to reduce their greenhouse gases emissions

and to create an International Court of Climate Justice. We reaffirm

the Cochabamba Agreement proposals from the World Peoples Conference

on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which recognize that

real solutions are climate justice, food sovereignty, land recovery

and agrarian reform, peasant agriculture and integration and

solidarity among peoples against global warming.

Social movements are facing a historical opportunity to develop

initiatives at international level. Our people struggles will allow us

to move towards the ybymarane’y (land without evil) and realize the

tekoporá (good living). We are committed to reinforcing our fight for

our people, food, and energy sovereignty and women sovereignty over

their bodies and their lives, and sexual diversity recognition.

We build alternatives that are based on anti-capitalism,

anti-patriarchalism, anti-colonialism and anti-racist diverse

perspectives, while we go in search of a new paradigm focused on

equality, good living, sovereignty and integration based on solidarity

principle among peoples.

Asuncion, Paraguay, August 15, 2010

Pablo Valenzuela

SOBREVIVENCIA Communication Unit

Amigos de la Tierra Paraguay

Isabel La Catlica 1867Asuncion Paraguay

Tel fax: (595 21) 480 182 – 425 716 Mobile: (595 991) 704 548

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~ by Cory Morningstar on August 26, 2010.

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