UN / INDIGENOUS FORUM

16-Apr-2018 00:02:25
The Seventeenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) began today at UN Headquarters in New York, with the special theme: “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / INDIGENOUS FORUM
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LANGUAGE: SPANISH / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

16 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Med shot, cultural performance by Saina of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
4. Zoom out, President Evo Morales and Bolivian delegation
5. Various shots, Morales at General Assembly podium
6. Wide shot, press conference dais
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Evo Morales, President, Bolivia:
“We have always lived in communities, collectives, in harmony with Mother Earth. There used to be no private property, it was communal property. Now in some regions we are recovering communal property. Unfortunately, in the West they began to privatize and individualize land, treating it as merchandise.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Evo Morales, President, Bolivia:
“What has never been addressed is the communal land of the original peoples. Now they are saying that the indigenous people are landowners. But it is not individual property, it is communal property, belonging to the community.”
10. Zoom in, cultural performance
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
“The data will show that while indigenous peoples live in five percent of the world’s lands and territories, 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity are found in indigenous peoples’ territories.”
12. Wide shot, press
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
“There is a direct link between respecting collective rights to lands, territories and resources, and the solutions that we need to solve the problem of climate change as well as the problem of biodiversity erosion and cultural diversity erosion. So, that’s something that we have to give indigenous peoples credit for.”
14. Wide shot, end of presser
STORYLINE
The Seventeenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) began today at UN Headquarters in New York, with the special theme: “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources.”

After addressing the Forum from the General Assembly podium, Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke about the issue of land ownership and use by indigenous communities in Bolivia.

Morales said indigenous peoples “have always lived in communities, collectives, in harmony with Mother Earth.”

He said that in some regions of Bolivia communal property is now being restituted to the
the original inhabitants of the land.

Morales stressed that this “is not individual property, it is communal property, belonging to the community.”

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said “the data will show that while indigenous peoples live in five percent of the world’s lands and territories, 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity are found in indigenous peoples’ territories.”

Tauli-Corpuz said “there is a direct link between respecting collective rights to lands, territories and resources, and the solutions that we need to solve the problem of climate change as well as the problem of biodiversity erosion and cultural diversity erosion. So, that’s something that we have to give indigenous peoples credit for.”

The Forum was established on 28 July 2000 by the General Assembly, with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
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