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.
  • Aymara from Bolivia visit Center

    A delegation of education and cultural leaders from Bolivia sponsored by the US Department of State People-to-People Program met for a briefing at the Center for World Indigenous Studies on 3 July… more >>
    Translation to Spanish available!
  • Health Tribunal

    Luxury goods like gold are indeed beautiful, but the disease and death caused by their mining is not. On July 14 and 15, a People's International Health Tribunal will gather in Guatemala to discuss… more >>
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  • Coping with Diabetes

    In her graduate thesis, CWIS associate scholar Renee Davis examines the cultural use of local plants to enable coping with diabetes and generational trauma in Salish tribal communities, and how… more >>
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  • CWIS to Brief Bolivian Delegation

    Dr. Rudolph Ryser will conduct a two hour briefing for a four member bolivian government sponsored delegation to the World Affairs Council on 3 June 2012 in Seattle,… more >>
    Translation to Spanish available!
  • Repertoires of Contention

    Writing in the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, Konstantin Kilibarda examines Lessons from #Occupy in Canada. As a movement against an economic model that seeks… more >>
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  • Undermining Indigenous Liberation

    The Corbett Report interviews Global Research associate Andrew Gavin Marshall about the history of foundation philanthropy established by the American robber barons --… more >>
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  • The UN in Decline

    In The Other UN, Le Monde diplomatique contributor Anne-Cecile Robert gives an overview of the missions of the three UN headquarters outside the one in Manhattan. Writing… more >>
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