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  1. UN’s Empty Promises to World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    Apr 19 (IPS) - Tupac Enrique Acosta is a member of the Nahuatl Nation and serves as firekeeper for the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place 22 April 3 May 2019. The theme of the session will be: "Traditional knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection"The United Nations, as in so many other areas, gives lip service in support of Indigenous issues while lacking the political will and enforcement power over individual member states to comply with the protection of fundamental human rights for the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the world.

  2. The Amazon Seeks Alternatives that Could Revolutionise Energy Production

    Saturday, April 06, 2019

    MANAUS, Brazil, Apr 06 (IPS) - A large steel wheel, 14 meters in diameter and 1.3 meters wide, could be the energy solution of the near future, generating 3.5 megawatts - enough to supply a city of 30,000 people, according to a company in the capital city of the state of Amazonas in northwest Brazil.

  3. Freshwater Canada’s Dirty Water Secret

    Thursday, April 04, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Apr 04 (IPS) - Marcos Orellana is the environment and human rights director at Human Rights Watch.

    While residents across Prince Rupert, British Columbia are once again able to get safe drinking water from their taps, the boil-water advisory lifted there in late January should not be forgotten. Canada is a freshwater-rich country, but the time for complacency on essential water issues has long passed. Most people living in Canada have access to safe water. But drinking water advisories in the country about unsafe water have been concentrated in First Nation communities.

  4. An Indigenous Nation Battles for Land and Justice in Bolivia

    Tuesday, April 02, 2019

    LA PAZ, Apr 02 (IPS) - The ancient Qhara Qhara nation began a battle against the State of Bolivia in defence of its rich ancestral lands, in an open challenge to a government that came to power in 2006 on a platform founded on respect for the values and rights of indigenous peoples.

  5. Human Rights Defenders Need to be Defended as Much as they Defend our Rights

    Monday, April 01, 2019

    GENEVA, Apr 01 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which will be the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and scheduled to take place in Belgrade, April 8-12.

    Michel Forst is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and a speaker at the International Civil Society Week, 8-12 April 2019, in Belgrade, SerbiaThey are ordinary people – mothers, fathers, sisters, sons, daughters, brothers, friends. But for me they are extraordinary people – the ones who have the courage to stand up for everyone else's rights.

    They are the human rights defenders.

  6. Q&A: 'The Knowledge of Local Challenges Can Only Come from Working with People'

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Mar 25 (IPS) - The remarkable story of an Adivasi lawyer and social activist who has led peoples' movements against state development policies, and sought redress for human rights violations of his people in conflict-ridden regions of Maharashtra.

  7. Local School Is a Model for Energy and Water in Rapa Nui

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    HANGA ROA, Chile, Feb 22 (IPS) - A school in the capital of Easter Island (Rapa Nui, in the local indigenous tongue) gives an example of clean management with the use of solar energy, rainwater recovery and an organic vegetable garden, as well as rooms and spaces built with waste materials.

  8. How Development Excludes Adivasi Peoples

    Thursday, February 21, 2019

    ODISHA, India, Feb 21 (IPS) - Failing to understand the Adivasi world view and imposing the dominant development paradigm on Adivasi peoples is affecting their identity and well-being. The mainstream development paradigm has aggravated discontent among Adivasi communities. The reasons are not difficult to recognise—it encourages the siege of native resources, drives competition, is surplus-driven, instils private ownership, and consequently, is affecting the cultural identity of Adivasi peoples.

  9. Attacks on Human Rights Defenders: A Daily Occurrence in Latin America

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    MEXICO CITY, Feb 20 (IPS) - "We're in a very difficult situation. There is militarisation at a regional level, and gender-based violence. We are at risk, we cannot silence that," Aura Lolita Chávez, an indigenous woman from Guatemala, complained at a meeting of human rights defenders from Latin America held in the Mexican capital.

  10. Q&A: What of the Carbon Neutral Countries?

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

    PARAMARIBO, Feb 14 (IPS) - IPS Correspondent Desmond Brown interviews DR. ARMSTRONG ALEXIS, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative for Suriname.

    As High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) nations meet in Suriname at a major conference, it is obvious that the decision made by these countries to preserve their forests has been a difficult but good one.

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