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This video features the celebration of the United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous People in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2011. The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population.
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Indigenous peoples called on the immediate implementation of the safeguards on REDD Plus. In a press conference a day before the end of the Durban Climate Change Conference, indigenous peoples belonging to the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) called on state-parties for human rights to be central in any agreement on climate change.
Re: Establishment of a Work Programme for the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
We, the Indigenous Peoples of the world, united in the face of the climate crisis and the lack of political will of the States, especially the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, demand the immediate adoption of legally binding agreements with shared but differentiated responsibilities, to halt global warming and to define alternative models of development in harmony with Mother Earth.
Thank you Mr. Chair,
I speak to you on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change.
We recognize that the Kyoto Protocol is the only legally binding international instrument we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The following article was published by IUCN here: http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/ceesp/?8772/Indigenous-peoples-r
Stefan Disko (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs), TILCEPA member Helen Tugendhat (Forest Peoples Programme)
Indigenous and tribal peoples of Suriname still open to dialogue
By the Association of Indigenous Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS)
A conference organised by the Government of Suriname on 21 and 22 October 2011, which was meant to clarify positions and proposals on land rights and build mutual understanding between the Government and indigenous and tribal (maroon) peoples, ended in a very abrupt manner. The Government even called it “a disaster” on 23 October 2011. Surprised by the massive solidarity and collaboration between the indigenous and tribal peoples of Suriname, and in a move that showed great disrespect to traditional leaders who had traveled long distances to attend the conference, the President of Suriname decided to close the conference early following the indigenous and tribal peoples’ presentation of their joint position on land and resource rights. With this, all subsequent dialogue between the indigenous and tribal peoples and the government has ceased.
Les peuples autochtones et tribaux du Suriname restent ouverts au dialogue
Association des leaders villageois autochtones du Suriname (VIDS)
Une conférence organisée par le Gouvernement du Suriname les 21 et 22 octobre 2011, qui avait pour objectif de clarifier les positions et les propositions en matière de droits fonciers et d’établir une compréhension mutuelle entre le Gouvernement et les peuples autochtones et tribaux (maroon), s’est achevée de façon très abrupte. Le Gouvernement l’a même qualifiée de « désastre » le 23 octobre 2011. Surpris par la forte solidarité et la collaboration entre les peuples autochtones et tribaux du Suriname, et à travers un acte signifiant un grand manque de respect à l'égard des leaders traditionnels qui avaient parcouru de longues distances pour participer à la conférence, le Président du Suriname a décidé de clore la conférence prématurément, suite à la présentation par les peuples autochtones et tribaux de leur prise de position commune sur les droits aux terres et aux ressources. Suite à cela, tout dialogue entre les peuples autochtones et tribaux et le gouvernement a cessé.
In 2010, the Teribe indigenous people of Costa Rica decided to speak out in response to what they consider gross human rights violations to their people in relation to the proposed Diquís Dam in the country’s South Pacific region. This project will lead to the partial flooding of two indigenous territories and other grave impacts on 5 indigenous territories. In defence of their rights, the Teribe filed their first claim to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in mid 2010 and to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These actions have resulted in progress both nationally and internationally.