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Forum for Global Exchange

Forum for Global Exchange

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.
  • Somaliland: Recent Troubles Refocus International Attention

    A return of violence and turmoil to the troubled state of Somalia has refocused international attention on the unrecognised state of Somaliland, as its people continue to witness events from their relatively peaceful northern territory.
  • Sweden's Sami struggle over land rights

    The indigenous Sami people in northern Sweden took a step toward self-determination in the New Year, when the government gave them full control of reindeer herding for the first time.

    Now the people once known as Lapps face a… more >>
  • Protecting traditional knowledge

    In recent years indigenous peoples' cultural resources have become bones of contention for many different reasons. They are given different labels, manifesting the different ways in which people define them; mostly based on… more >>
  • Indigenous people, commerce clash over bioprospecting

    Maca growers and indigenous organizations were outraged when, in 2001, a New Jersey company, PureWorld Botanicals, received a U.S. patent for exclusive commercial distribution of an extract of maca's active libido-enhancing… more >>
  • Oil Inflames Nigerian Region Again

    Four decades after the bloody secessionist war first put the brutal realities of modern-day African conflicts on TV screens, the oil-rich Niger Delta region is threatening to boil over again.
  • West Papuan Self-determination vs. genocide

    Dateline's report on the Ethnic cleansing and genocide issues in West Papua.
  • Botswana Gives Bushmen Tough Conditions

    Botswana's government Thursday accepted a court order to allow the Bushmen, the nation's last hunter-gatherers, to live on their ancestral lands. But at the same time, officials imposed tough conditions likely to prevent most or… more >>
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