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UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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The UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNEMRIP) issued its “Final report of the study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making”. The Report, which addresses good practices at different levels, has been submitted to the Human Rights Council. The UNEMRIP was established by the Human rights Council in [&hellip... more →

The “Right” in “Indigenous Rights”

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Since the Fall of 2007 many have celebrated the UN General Assembly’s decision to endorse the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The governments of fifteen states either abstained or openly rejected the Declaration. China, the Russian Federation and the United States of America–three of the original UN organizing powers–chose to reject either by [&hellip... more →

Applying Indigenous Knowledge

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Bolivia’s Foreign Minister since 2006, David Choquehuanca is a leading voice in favor of promoting traditional knowledge and its parallel application to climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches.  Foreign Minister Choquehuanca is Aymara born near Lake Titicaca in 1961.  He holds a graduate degree in History and Anthropology based on his dissertation, “Rights of Indigenous [&hellip... more →

Indigenous Peoples on the Back-burner in Bangkok

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Bangkok Climate Change Agenda Setting session comes to a close The one week meeting of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperation (AWG-LC) and the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Kyoto Protocols (AWG-KP) met for five days (3 April – 8 April 2011) to 1, review progress of “developed countries” toward achieving carbon dioxide and [&hellip... more →

Climate Talks Resume, Bolivia, China and Indigenous Peoples

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The second day of the sixteenth session of the AWG-KP (AWG-KP 16) and the fourteenth session of the AWG-LCA (AWG-LCA 14), taking place from Sunday, 3 April through Friday, 8 April at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in Bangkok, Thailand [&hellip... more →

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