Forum for Global Exchange

Forum for Global Exchange

2011

Fourth World nations the world over are at the center of global events. Whether the topic is health and healing one finds the ancient knowledge of Fourth World nations in the center of the debate. If the topic is climate change or environmental protection, that Fourth World nations occupy territories on which 80% of the world's last remaining biodiversity are located nations hold the key to how to preserve life on the planet.
CWIS has begun to organize a coalition of Fourth World Nations under the leadership of the San Francisco Xochicoatla (Mexico) to work for the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Mohican Nation, Pequot, Lenape (US), Biafra of Nigeria, Qom of Argentina and Rohingya of Burma have joined to endorse the CWIS drafted Joint Statement of Constitutional and Indigenous Governments presented to UN Member states and Fourth World Governments worldwide.
Great power politics between states' governments most often have Fourth World nations at the center of contests over wealth and power. Their strategic importance in each locality far outweighs their size.When Fourth World nations engage each other or states' governments they are involved in a GLOBAL EXCHANGE. This program aims to facilitate the exchanges between Fourth World Nations and between these nations and the various international states.It is the prospect of dialogue and negotiations between Fourth World Nations and their neighbors that remains the focus of this program.
  • CWIS Chair Designated Fulbright-Robles Scholar

    Rudolph C. Ryser, a member of the Capella University faculty in the School of Public Service Leadership (Minneapolis, MN) and Chairman of the Center for World Indigenous Studies (Olympia, WA) has been awarded a Fulbright - Garcia… more
  • Cleaning Up Our Act

    In the interactive online lesson plans titled American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges, the National Museum of the American Indian examines how four tribes are recreating their future.
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  • Climate Change Workshop

    Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and federal agencies meet in Seattle September 15-16 for the workshop Exploring Traditional Ecological Knowledge's Role in Responding and Adapting to Climate Change and Variability.
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  • Canada in the Dock

    Nine Vancouver Island First Nations, supported by Amnesty International, have successfully brought their claim against the Government of Canada before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. As their claim proceeds to the… more
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  • Shell Games

    The UN Environment Program report on oil pollution in Ogoniland dispels Shell Oil's propaganda blaming sabotage for the five hundred million gallons the company dumped over five decades in the Niger Delta.
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  • Apartheid Report

    A report on the status of Palestinian Bedouin by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs notes pervasive insecurity and instability due to administrative practices of Israeli authorities. The report warns that… more
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