United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Indigenous Peoples

Mr. Chairman,
Waste management is one of the key concern for indigenous
Peoples and their local communities. It is a concern because,
despite the fact that they do not play a key role in the
generation of the dangerous waste, they feel the impact that
affects both their health, lands, water and biodiversity they
so dearly depend on for their survival.
Dumping of both liquid, solid and hazard waste and
substances in to the waters and lands, enter the live cycle of
the different communities unnoticed and slowly causes short
and long term health impacts of chronic cancer, luck and
other water born diseases affecting women, children, the
youth and the productive members of the communities.
Mercury, uranium, Asbestos, e- waste and other liquid and
solid wastes from different industries are just but a few we
can mention. Most hospitals in developing countries
especially those of Africa have not put in place measure in
dumping hospital waste. The lands are not productive
anymore because of the contamination of the soils caused by
the dumping of the waste. In sub-Saharan Africa and other
nomadic pastoralists areas in the world, livestock herders
have lost their livestock due to the poising from the waters.
This again goes unnoticed and undocumented data is a
challenge in most of these remote areas.Communities have
seen the impact loose of the biodiversity they depend on for
their medicine, wild fruits and foods that they depend on,
for their good health.

Mr Chairman We have listened carefully to all the
interventions and presentations by panelists and do agree
with the recommendations and contributions especially
made by the G77 and china, EU and Africa.
1. However we remind you all, that Good governance is
key to all the issues we are discussing here. Indigenous
and local communities globally feel that a lot has yet to
be done for the recognition of the role communities can
play in contributing to the success and outcome on the
formulation and implementation of policies on sound
waste management.
2. Capacity building and awareness is important to
ensure communities can handle and recycle safely the
wastes dumped in their lands and waters and can have
capacity to basically taste their waters and ensure
safety from contamination by both human and
animals.
3. Training on technology and management of sound
waste management should be inclusive for all. The
Governments should ensure that recycling techniques
are domesticated and disseminated to all to ensure a
sustainable management of all waste including liquid,
solid, heavy metals and e ?waste, and plastics.
4. Government should ensure that Environmental impact
assessment is done in a participatory way to allow
communities to have a right to contribute and give
guidance in dumping sites and that their prior
informed consent on the use of their lands can be
respected.