Indigenous Peoples Global Conference on Rio+20 and Mother Earth
Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Climate Change against REDD, 17 June 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: The Kari-Oca 2 Indigenous Conference at Rio+20 has issued its final declaration. In the declaration, participants acknowledge that the Kari-Oca conference marked a big step forward for an international movement for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and recognition of the important role that Indigenous Peoples play in conservation and sustainable development. They see the goals of UNCSD and the “Green Economy” as a continuation of colonialism. They note that food sovereignty is a fundamental expression of the collective right to self-determination and sustainable development, nourishing their identities, cultures and languages, and their ability to survive as Indigenous Peoples. They demand that false solutions to climate change that only serve the dominant economic order are abandoned; and indigenous peoples’ participation in decision making, and their right to free, prior and informed consent is ensured. They reject the assertion of intellectual property rights over their genetic resources and traditional knowledge, and affirm their right to possess, control, protect and pass on indigenous seeds, medicinal plants and traditional knowledge for the benefit of future generations. They reaffirm their rights to self-determination and to own, control and manage their traditional lands and territories, waters and other resources, noting that the legal recognition and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples to land, territories, resources and traditional knowledge should be a prerequisite for development and planning for any and all types of measures of climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental conservation (including the creation of “protected areas”), the sustainable use of biodiversity and to combat desertification. Read the declaration …