United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Indigenous Peoples

Thank you Mr. Chair, we thank the panelists for their presentations
and discussions for emphasizing the need to delink economic growth
from natural resource extraction and environmental degradation; and
to mainstream sustainable consumption and production on policy
development and implementation.
Most of the environmental challenges the world faces today including
the climate change crisis, loss of biodiversity and destruction of the
ecosystems are caused by the unsustainable current patterns of living.
These are caused by the world's rich industrialized countries who are
pursuing a development path of unsustainable consumption and
production. Such dominant development paradigm means the
continuing pursuit of rapid economic growth and state-of-the art
development of technologies, but, without adequate respect for
culture, human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability.
We regard the global ecological crisis and the global economic crisis
as two sides of the same coin. .
Food production and consumption are a vital part of overall resource
which indigenous peoples and their local communities who are both
small scale farmers and livestock herders and producers value. It is
important to take a holistic approach to sustainability by integrating all
aspects including animal welfare. We believe that sustainable farming
practices should address human values. Subsides that encourage
sustainable and local farming systems can ensure that proper signals
are sent to producers and consumers to make sustainable choices.
Mr chairman, since the Earth Summit, sustainable development has
not really been implemented, as it should be. With the fundamental
changing patterns in sustainable consumption and production, all
sectors, especially Governments, should seriously reform policies and
ensure safeguards to actively promote more sustainable ways of life,
including those practiced by indigenous peoples for generations with
respect to their traditional knowledge systems, customary
governance, practices and innovations, and taking into account
reliable sustainable technological alternatives in the management of
lands, territories and resources.
We again appeal to the States, civil societies and all key players to
1. Review the policies with necessary social and environmental
safeguards towards the implementation of Agenda 21 and JPOI
within the 10-year framework of programme on sustainable
consumption and production patterns.
2. The effective involvement and greater participation of all
stakeholders and rights holders in all processes and mechanisms
should be further enhanced, including transparency in local
governance and corporate social responsibility and accountability
This requires a human-rights approach with consultations and
sufficient information to all sectors as a basis for robust decisions
3. There is need for Governments to ensure that information and
sustainable consumption production reaches out. Indigenous
peoples have noted with great concern that information
education and awareness is only concentrated on cities and
urban areas, it should be participatory inclusive and sustainable.
Indigenous Peoples welcome sharing experiences on awareness
and education practices, on our traditional knowledge and
practices on these matters as we believe they are friendly and
share the path to the future
4. Governments and donors should focus on research as key to
ensure that comprehensive, trends and patterns and data on
sustainable consumption production is available for use.

5. MDG 8 focuses on partnership, that partnership should not
isolate anyone, if we have to strengthen linkages and networking
to archive sustainable consumption production, goals and
objectives, sharing of knowledge and experiences among all
stakeholders including indigenous peoples, the youth women and
other local communities is very important.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.