Over 650 Indigenous representatives from the five continents, organized into 92 different Indigenous organizations, adopted a 109 point Indigenous Peoples' Earth Charter containing the conclusions of the Kari-Oca Conference and the demands of the Indigenous Peoples. This Charter forms part of a document containing the Kari-Oca Declaration and the various resolutions passed during the conference.

The Charter contains environmental demands to state governments to cease all uses of nuclear material (47) and that Indigenous lands must not be used for testing or dumping of nuclear products (49). Indigenous Peoples should make guidelines for environmental groups, who in many instances are more concerned about insects than human beings (40).

On Bio-diversity and Conservation, we, Indigenous Peoples, cannot be included as part of a bio-diversity which pretends to be maintained for scientific and folkloric purposes (59). The logging concessions and incentives to the timber, cattle and mining industries affecting the ecosystems and the natural resources should be cancelled (58).

On Human Rights and International Law, points 6 and 36 of the document state that the concept of terra nullus should be erased from law books and from international law usage.

On Lands and Territories, Indigenous Peoples have inalienable rights to their lands and resources (33). Parks must not be created at the expense of Indigenous Peoples. There is no way to separate Indigenous Peoples from their lands (41).

On Development, Point 69(a) states that development projects must be based on the principles of self-determination and self-management in order for Indigenous Peoples to assume control, management and administration of their resources. Indigenous Peoples must consent to all projects in their territories. Prior to consent being obtained, the Indigenous Peoples must be fully and entirely involved in any decisions. They must be given all the information about the project and its effects. Failure to do so should be considered a crime against the Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Peoples maintain their right to their spiritual way of life (17), to their self-determination (14), to their right to life (1).

Today, we have defined alternatives to approach the future of the planet; the Rio Centro one (UNCED: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) and the Kari-Oca one. To walk in dignity toward a common future based on strength and respect, the United Nations must support a permanent Indigenous Peoples Conference on Territories and Development (73).

To make this meeting become real between us, sons and daughters of the Earth, and those who want to rule it, UNCED has heard the voice of the Indigenous Peoples and we are waiting for its answer.


International Relations | Kari-Oca to Kimberley | Kari-Oca Declaration | Earth Charter I Earth Charter - Interactive Version I Kari-Oca at UNCED I Kari-Oca Revisited

Relaciones Internacionales | De Kari-Oca a Kimberley | La Declaración de Kari-Oca I La Carta de la Tierra I La Carta de la Tierra - Version Interactiva I Kari-Oca en UNCED

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