DECLARATION OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGIES, BONN 1st.-4th OF JUNE 2004
Honourable Representatives of States and other participants of the Conference:
We, Indigenous Peoples, represent a population of more than 350 million world-wide and our territories constitute the most diverse ecological systems, which contribute immensely to our survival and that of mankind. As such, high consumption of fossil-fuel energy and subsequent climate change directly affect our livelihood.
We, Indigenous Peoples are extremely concerned and disappointed by our exclusion from the conference and the denial of full and effective participation as Indigenous Peoples at all levels. This marginalization is contradictory to the international instruments which are stipulated in the UNCED Conference of Rio 1992 and other international processes such as the Johannesburg Summit, where we have been recognized as a significant sector with the right to fully participate in national and international environmental talks and other decision making processes. We therefore call upon the Conference Secretariat to include us, Indigenous Peoples, as a stakeholder group in the conference, and to further grant us the delegates status.
We, Indigenous Peoples, are following the initiatives by States in promoting renewable energies, as an alternative to fossil energy technologies, which are responsible for the violation of our human rights and the deterioration of our environment. As such, we welcome the initiatives to embrace renewable energies provided that they are also beneficial to the Indigenous Peoples and that our rights are fully respected.
We want to remind the industrialized countries that they are responsible for 75 percent of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions, and that these countries have the political, economical and moral responsibility in relation to developing countries, and especially to Indigenous Peoples, to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, to respect human rights and promote sustainable development.
Within the framework of the Political Declaration and the International Action Programme of the Conference, we would like to express our views for consideration:
Bonn, 1st June, 2004.
Soraya Cisneros, Quicua, Ecuador
Hector Huertas, Kuna, Panamá
Community of Sarayaku
International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests
Yusuf Alia Lakicha, Borana, Kenia Herman Mendoza, Uitoto, Colombia
Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon Region
Daniel Salau Rogei, Masai, Kenia Edwin Vásquez, Uitoto, Peru
Coordinating Body of the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin