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2012-05-29 12:47:51

As Canada prepares to chair the Arctic Council, Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program offers 19 recommendations based on international workshop in January Finding a new way to fund the full participation of northern indigenous groups with Permanent Participant status at the Arctic Council in all of the organizations working groups and activities should be a top priority when Canada takes the chair of the influential inter-governmental organization next year. The recommendation is one of...

2012-01-16 10:36:35

International experts to recommend key issues as Canada prepares to assume Arctic Council chair With an eye on rapid changes in the resource-rich Arctic, countries like China, India and Brazil, which have no Arctic territories, are nonetheless knocking on the door of the increasingly influential Arctic Council looking for admission as permanent observers. The issue has divided existing members, with Russia and Canada most strongly opposed. It is among the major questions with which...

2011-02-03 13:02:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial resource extraction is posing grave threats to the survival of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin and there are serious moral, legal and financial reasons for corporations to stem the tide of abuse and respect indigenous peoples' rights, Amazon Watch said in a briefing paper released today. The paper, entitled The Right to Decide: The Importance of Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), makes the case that...

2009-05-19 05:00:00

LIMA, Peru, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Peruvian government Saturday authorized the intervention of armed forces in the Amazon to crack down on growing indigenous protests against new decrees aimed at facilitating the entry of oil, mining, logging and agricultural companies into indigenous lands without prior consultation or consent. On Monday, sustained protests led the state oil company, Petroperu, to shut down its main oil pipeline. This shutdown comes after a month of protests...

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2009-04-21 06:35:00

Indigenous peoples from throughout the world gathered in Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday for discussions on the impact of global climate change on their native communities. "Indigenous peoples are on the front lines of this global problem, at a time when their cultures and livelihoods in traditional lands are already threatened," an AFP report quoted Patricia Cochran, chairwoman of the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change, as saying. Cochran's organization is one of the groups...

2009-04-20 15:55:48

Indigenous people from 80 nations are meeting in Alaska for a United Nations-affiliated conference to discuss mitigation and adaption to climate change. Hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change is also designed to develop recommendations to present in December to the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, at which a successor agreement to the Kyoto protocol will be negotiated. The Anchorage, Alaska, summit concludes...

2009-04-16 10:15:00

Prime Minister Agrees to Meet with Indigenous Leaders on Monday LIMA, Peru, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by Amazon Watch: Thousands of indigenous people are blockading roads and river traffic throughout the Amazon in peaceful protests demanding the repeal of new laws rolling back indigenous land rights and allowing water privatization. Indigenous organizations say the decrees allow a rush of private investments in resource extraction on their lands...

2008-07-17 03:00:08

Pope Benedict XVI Thursday called the Australian government courageous for apologizing for past injustices suffered by the nation's indigenous peoples. The leader of the world's Roman Catholics, who is in Australia for the World Youth Day celebration, said the courageous decision by the government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to apologize would help bring indigenous and non-indigenous Australians closer together, The Australian reported. This example of reconciliation offers hope to...

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2008-04-02 15:35:00

Biofuel production, renewable energy expansion, other mitigation measures uprooting indigenous peoples in many regionsIndigenous peoples have contributed the least to world greenhouse gas emissions and have the smallest ecological footprints on Earth. Yet they suffer the worst impacts not only of climate change, but also from some of the international mitigation measures being taken, according to organizers of a United Nations University co-hosted meeting April 3 in Darwin, Australia.Impacts...

2006-06-29 12:22:30

By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council, brushing aside opposition from Canada and Russia, on Thursday backed a declaration that would strengthen claims by native peoples to control over lands where they live. The declaration, which calls on states to grant a wide range of rights to indigenous groups around the globe, won 30 votes in the 47-member Council, with 12 abstentions. Only Canada, which led the opposition and was known to be also reflecting the...