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Report - Reunion Anual 2006 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

FEDERATION OF GREEN PARTIES OF THE AMERICAS

ANNUAL MEETING 2006 B. AIRES

Introduction

The annual meeting of the FGPA took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. in December 2006.  The meeting was attended by delegates of FGPA and the  European Green Party.

The annual meeting was preceded of the public seminar “Resistance Strategies against the development policies regarding  nuclear energy in the American Continent”, with the participation of Green parties,  environmentalists NGOs  and outstanding academics  of Argentina. A memory was published.

Abstract of the statement in Nuclear Energy.

We are really worried to see an impulse in the countries of the region in order  to launch the nuclear plans conceived during the era of military dictatorships, as in the case of Argentina and Brazil. This plans are advancing under the pretext of finding solutions to confront the energy crisis and under the false argument that nuclear energy is a valid alternative option in confronting the climate change crisis.

 In Chile, the enterprise sector has pronounced in this sense, demanding Bachelet’s Government   to make feasibility studies to go on with the nuclear development. This in spite of Bachelet’s commitment because  during the presidential campaign she promised to avoid nuclear development during her 4 years mandate.

Also there is a political decision to advance plans of nuclear cooperation between Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina .  Uruguay has also showed interest in a program designed to generate electricity through the use of nuclear power.

From the green political space,   parties, organizations and movements, we ratify our rejection to the nuclear option, because we consider that it paves the way
for a military option. It constitutes an attempt to on democracy itself, since it always promotes an obscure secrecy that impedes the citizens any access to vital information and because nuclear energy would be harmful to the generations to come that would be forced to coexist with such highly dangerous residuals.

It is necessary and urgent to advance towards energy options more efficient, investing into clean and renewable energies that in time, considering the complete cycle, will be less costly.

 

2. Annual Meeting 2006

The first session was dedicated to the presentations of the delegates  of the Green
Parties of America, who informed on the electoral results in the recent elections in the continent, that altogether represent about 10 million voters who have given their trust and confidence to the Green ideology.

There were also analyzed the  systems  for  official registers, the electoral systems, the campaign strategies, the advances in internal statutes, the  strategic alliances with other political forces, the  programmatic agreements with  federal and local governments, the financing systems,. The environmental situation of each nation and the region were also analyzed.

The delegates participating in this meeting were:

  • Manuel Baquedano of Chile
  • Silvaine Zimmermann of Canadá
  • Manuel Díaz Capdevilla and Gabriel Rojas of Venezuela
  • Steve Herrick of the United States for  Julia Willebrand
  • Patricia Doneau of México for  Jorge González Torres
  • Marco Antonio Mroz of Brazil
  • Juan Manuel Velasco of Argentina

The representative of the European Green Party, Catherine Greze, was
invited to give a report on the advance of the organization of the Global Green Congress

In general matters, Patricia Doneau, General Secretary of the FPVA, informed the assembly that the Global Ecological Agreement reached during the Annual Reunion  of Iquitos, Peru, in 2005, was delivered  to the authorities of the United Nations, with tens  of thousands of citizens signatures. The Global  Ecological Agreement was delivered on June 9 2006  by Co-Presidents Julia Willebrand and Jorge González Torres, to José Antonio Ocampo, General Assistant Secretary of the United Nations for Economic and Social Affairs.

In the name of the United Nations, Mr. Ocampo thanked the Federation of the Green Parties of America for their proposal, indicating that the following step is to obtain the auspice of the government of a nation member in order to make it an official proposal that could be officially approved. The Green Parties of the Americas are proposing the creation of an agreement similar to the Kyoto Agreement, destined to save the Tropical Forests of the planet. Therefore, this is one of the main topics of the FGPA agenda for the next Global Green Congress.

 

Agreements reached during the session of the FGPA:

1. To organize the First Inter-Parliamentary Meeting of the Greens of the Americas during the second half of 2007.  Congressman Leonardo Alvarez, of México, is in charge of the organization. Federal and local legislators will be attending the reunion in México City.  The main issues in the agenda will be:
 -Climatic Change 
 -Forests and Tropical Forests

2. To hold an extraordinary meeting with the participation of the countries involved in the regional project of the gas pipeline in South America:  Venezuela, Brazil & Argentina, because this project will seriously affect the Amazon region. This issue is a clear example of the great difficulties that the Greens are confronting when working with a  new type of  socialists governments in Latin America that eager to work with capitalistic developers, without concern for the environment. The Federation of
 Green Parties of the Americas has denounced this South-American gas pipeline as ecocide. Marco Antonio Mroz  is in charge of the organization of this meeting.

3. To organize the Annual Congress of 2007 in Venezuela, with an agenda still opened. Some issues included will be an analysis of:  production and consumption, Green political ideology, govern ability in times of crisis, the Venezuela –Argentina Pipeline, the protection of forests and tropical forests, the sustainable managing of water, among others.

4. The Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas is deeply  that the outstanding Colombian Green militant, Ingrid Betancourt, still  remains kidnapped by the FARCS and that President’s Uribe administration  has not be able to reach a Humanitarian Agreement in order to obtain  her liberation and of all the people kidnapped by the Colombian guerrilla.  To commemorate 5 years of this terrible situation, the FGPA agreed to manifest publicly and to work within the Congresses of the region in favor of a Humanitarian Agreement between Colombian’s government and the FARCS.