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.
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    As Africa's newest country plans to declare independence on July 9, Southern Sudan, awash in small arms as a result of nearly a half century of warfare, faces many challenges in uniting its 56 different ethnic groups. As one of… more
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  • Applied Research

    In this announcement from November 2010, the editor of Intercontinental Cry recounts how his indigenous news blog broke the story of police brutality against pastoralists in Kenya, prompting an investigation by Cultural Survival… more
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  • UNDRIP in the USA

    The US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on June 9 held a hearing on domestic policy implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Comments and testimony can be sent by e-mail through June 23.
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  • First Nations Health Council

    The First Nations Health Council of British Columbia has voted to take over delivery of health services from the federal government of Canada.
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  • African Young Scientists Initiative

    An international student conference sponsored by African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge will take place August 15-17 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Abstracts are due by May 31.
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  • Anke Weisheit Forms New Institute

    Associate Scholar Anke Weisheit has successfully gained acceptance of her plan for the establishment the Institute of Indigenous Knowledge (IIK) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. First… more