Kleptocracy is defined as a form of government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed. Frequently kleptocracies are ruled by corporate business leaders or directly by corporate businesses. After 35 years of what seemed like a growing consensus among UN Member States that indigenous peoples’ rights should be… more
- Nov 26, 2016 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
- May 10, 2016 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
Fourth World Nations can become observer nations at the UN if Member states fulfill their commitments made at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014! The September 2014 United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) produced a consensus Outcome document that mandated, among other things, the Secretary General to “concrete proposals to enable participation… more
- Feb 4, 2016 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
MS. skʷumqnálqs AMELIA A.M. MARCHAND of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation has been appointed as a member of the Center for World Indigenous Studies Associate Scholars Program. Holding a Masters Degree in Environmental Law & Policy at the Vermont Law School. She has extensive experience and background in the fields of Environmental… more
- Dec 12, 2015 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
After reading the final treaty agreement from the Climate Change conference in Paris published on Saturday 12 December 2015 I have to say that the efforts of the adhoc International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) (in which I have played a part from time to time over the years) have proved unsuccessful. The… more
- Dec 9, 2015 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
The Climate Change negotiations going on in Paris and finishing this week appear to be moving to the direction of corporations and states at the expense of native peoples–just as occurred during the negotiations producing the Convention on BioDiversity in 1994. It is now time for indigenous peoples to recognize that they must take the… more