World’s Indigenous Peoples outline proposals on climate change

Mexican President Felipe Calderón stated that everyone had the “right to a healthy environment”, indigenous peoples in particular.”

Indigenous delegates representing more than 360 million Indigenous people are taking part in climate change meetings in Cancun Mexico. They are calling for any climate change agreements to include a minimum set of proposals of rights that should be considered inalienable as human rights.

The Indigenous delegates meeting in Cancún repeated that the texts adopted in Cancún had to recognize Indigenous peoples’ rights; including the right to self-determination, territories, free prior and informed consent, traditional knowledge, and genetic resources, among others.

They also called for the full, effective and direct participation of indigenous peoples in all mechanisms, bodies and procedures established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including mitigation, adaptation, the Kyoto Protocol, financing, technology transfer and capacity building.

They are basing their demands on principles and rights recognised by the UN itself, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007.

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