The Kimberley Declaration: Indigenous peoples and sustainable development

“As peoples, we reaffirm our rights to self-determination and to own, control and manage our ancestral lands and territories, waters and other resources. Our lands and territories are at the core of our existence – we are the land and the land is us; we have a distinct spiritual and material relationship with our lands and territories and they are inextricably linked to our survival and to the preservation and further development of our knowledge systems and cultures, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem management.”[i]

[i] First Peoples Worldwide (2002) The Kimberley Declaration. International Indigenous Peoples Summit on Sustainable Development, Khoi-San Territory, Kimberley, South Africa, 20-23 August 2002. Available at: https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/162/27586.html

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