THURS AM COP15–830am-Africans Appeal to Obama As He Receives Nobel-NAACP & African NGOs Press Conf.

December 9, 2009                                                               Contact:    Kari Fulton +45 5265 8829
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Africans Appeal to Obama As He Receives Nobel: ‘Keep Alive the Dreams of Our Fathers’

African Parliamentarians and Civil Society Call For Climate Justice

WHAT: African Parliamentarians and members of African Civil Society groups will be joined by representatives from US civil rights and environmental justice NGOs at a press conference Thursday from the Cop15 in Copenhagen to make an urgent appeal to US President Barak Obama calling for leadership on the issue of climate justice.  The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, an alliance of civil society organizations in 43 countries across Africa will issue an urgent appeal to Obama as he prepares to receive the Nobel Peace Prize tonight in Norway.

WHERE: Asger Jorn, NGO Press Conference Room, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hon Awudu Cyprian Mbaya, President, Pan-African Parliamentarian Network on Climate Change
Augustine Njamnshi, PACJA steering committee member for Central Africa
Mithika Mwenda, Coordinator, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance
Michele Roberts, Campaign and Policy Coordinator,Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Felicia Davis, Coordinator, Black Women’s Roundtable

WHY: Africans and US citizens of the African Diaspora are appealing to Obama to take leadership and insure climate justice for Africa, a continent on the front lines of climate change.  African Americans will take the letter to President Obama from the African coalition and will deliver it to the president as a follow up to COP15 negotiations.  Representing a coalition of more than 30 US civil rights and environmental justice NGOs and millions of African Americans, the group has pledged to work with the African coalition to ensure that Obama honors his commitment to Africa.  They share a common goal to ensure climate security for all people of African descent.