The Recognition of Indigenous People's Role in Sustainable Development Research Paper by KeishaMartini

The Recognition of Indigenous People's Role in Sustainable Development
A critical evaluation of the development of global recognition of indigenous rights and their importance.
# 23897 | 4,924 words | 22 sources | APA | 2002 | AT
Published on Apr 16, 2003 in Anthropology (Modern) , Business (International) , Economics (International)

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Promoters of globalization by large consider the knowledge and practices of local indigenous people of no use and impractical in the construction of a truly global contemporary world, hence they are marginalized. This is a comprehensive paper on how far the role of the indigenous peoples in sustainable development has been recognized. It starts by observing the threats that they face in the 20th century. By using their identity and their historical role on the management of the nature as the basis, it then analyze the development of legalized rights as the form of worldwide recognition for their importance. For this purpose, the highlights of ILO Convention No. 169, the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21 and the Convention on Biological Diversity are introduced and studied.

From the Paper:

"Such problems for the indigenous peoples actually have always been there, but the 19th and 20th century international law "almost consigned them to oblivion". This is rather ironic as according to the United Nations there are more than 300 million indigenous people in over 70 countries, in almost every climatic zone from the remote Arctic region and the deserts Africa to the Pacific Islands and the rainforests of Asia and South America. Meanwhile, most of them live in the "Biological 17", the seventeen nations that are home to more than two-thirds of the Earth's biological resources. Of the nine countries in which 60 percent of human languages are spoken, six are also hosts to a wealth of plant and animal species that are not available elsewhere. The extinction of some of the world's languages also means the loss of ecological knowledge."

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