Indigenous Peoples International Conference on Self Determination and Sustainable Development
17-19 June 2012 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The Indigenous Peoples’ International Declaration on Self-Determination and Sustainable Development highlights culture as a fundamental dimension of sustainable development; full exercise of indigenous peoples’ human and collective rights; and strengthening diverse local economies and territorial management. Participants commit to define and implement their own priorities for economic, social and cultural development and environmental protection, based on traditional cultures, knowledge and practices and the implementation of the inherent right to self-determination; revitalize, strengthen and restore institutions and methods for the transmission of traditional knowledge and practices, focusing on transmission by women and men elders to the next generations; restore knowledge and trade exchanges, including seed exchanges, among their communities and peoples reinforcing the genetic integrity of biodiversity; and stand in solidarity with each other’s struggles to oppose projects that threaten their lands, forests, waters, cultural practices, food sovereignty, traditional livelihoods, ecosystems, rights and ways of life. With regard to UN processes, they insist on full and effective participation in all discussions and standard-setting activities regarding sustainable development, biodiversity, environment and climate change, and for the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in all processes. Read the Declaration …

Indigenous Peoples Global Conference on Rio+20 and Mother Earth
13-22 June 2012 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The Kari-Oca 2 Indigenous Conference at Rio+20 has also issued a declaration. Read the TK Bulletin post on the Kari-Oca 2 Declaration … See list of indigenous peoples’ events at Rio+20 …