Indigenous Voices Sing Out for Earth Justice at the UN

10 May 2017

At the end of each April, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues brings a wave of color, song, and spirituality to UN Headquarters. The Forum serves as a space in which indigenous peoples from around the world can shed light on the particular development, peace, and security concerns they feel, challenges they face, and solutions […]

War Zone, USA: Hardship and Healing for Indigenous Water Protectors

7 April 2017

By Ariana Alvarez, UN intern for the Loretto Community & member of the NGO Mining Working Group When you think of war zones, it is easy to think of something far off. Growing up in the Bay Area of California, I recognized that I would most likely never have to enter a war zone in […]

NGO Mining Working Group Raises the Issue of Land- and Water-Grabbing

9 March 2017

As always, there were a number of stellar side-events sponsored by the NGO community at this year’s Commission on Social Development (CSocD). As a member of the NGO Mining Working Group, UNANIMA was connected to one such side-event, which framed protection of land and water as a strategy for poverty eradication. Much of the discussion […]

After Brief Success for Water Defenders, Dakota Access Pipeline Proceeds

9 March 2017

A prime example of the land- and water-grabbing discussed in the Mining Working Group’s event at CSocD55 (article above), is currently playing out in the United States. For nearly a year, indigenous water defenders and their allies had maintained a campsite that served as a physical obstruction of construction of a natural gas pipeline through […]

A Time for Change

9 March 2017

By Colleen Jackson, RSC (Catherine Ferguson Scholar)   These last weeks at UNANIMA and the UN have highlighted increasing contrasts for me, between the aspirations of the UN towards a more inclusive, cooperative and just world, and the rise of xenophobic, non-participatory and exclusive politics around our world. The UN 2030 Agenda of ‘leaving no […]

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