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Press Statement of Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Indigenous Peoples? Priority Issues and Emerging Challenges, highlighted in the draft document, ?The Future We Want?
On Indigenous Peoples? Priority Issues and Emerging Challenges, highlighted in the draft document, ?The Future We Want?

? Indigenous peoples have seen some progress in the text, specific to the agreed paragraph 21, which states the importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the context of implementing sustainable development at all levels; and with some references and changes made recognizing indigenous peoples. However, on the over-all Rio+20 outcome document, we still strongly recommend clear language on an integrated and holistic approach to sustainable development, that includes the integration of the human-rights based approach, ecosystems or territorial management approach, inter-generational and gender-based approaches, and the inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary knowledge-based approach.

? In the process of framing the green economy, Indigenous Peoples strongly recommends that Rio+20 must support and promote diverse local economies as cornerstones of plural ?green? economies. It should foster economic and cultural diversity which enhances local livelihoods and occupations, that contribute to poverty alleviation, local governance and participatory decision-making to sustainable development.

? We also like to emphasize that Indigenous peoples survive amidst these multiple crises because of the support of our cultures, providing us with social, material, and spiritual strength. And we need stronger language on the integration of the cultural dimension in sustainable development, including our community-based and collective traditional knowledge sustained through practice over generations, which offers valuable insights into our harmony with and stewardship of nature and the environment.

? Over-all, however, there is still a huge debate on the ?The Future We Want? because of the great inequalities of power and resources between the developed and developing countries. Indigenous peoples are still facing challenges wherein we have day-to-day struggles against mining and extractive industries, and the further plunder of indigenous lands, territories and resources.

? As we continue to assert our Indigenous Peoples rights in such processes as Rio+20; our lands, territories and natural resources continue to be plundered and depleted due to these market-based mechanisms, privatization, commercialization, and trade relations benefiting the rich countries, while being supported by national legislation and state policies.

? There is still much failure on the part of the States and great gaps on the implementation of legally-binding agreements, commitments, obligations and regulatory frameworks at global, national and local levels.

? Even with much frustrations in such processes, we still continue to engage with the States, as an opportunity to raise our voices and concerns for the future generations as we move forward in achieving sustainable development goals.

By Grace Balawag, Tebtebba-Indigenous Peoples? International Centre on Policy Research and Education; and Organizing Partner for Indigenous Peoples Major Group in the UNCSD/Rio+20
4 May 2012
United Nations Press Conference
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