PRESS RELEASE:-Establishment of the TREATY OF IOUANALAO for Economic, Social and Cultural Integration among the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala aka Americas.
The Treaty came into force on 21st July 2016 in respect of Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples Lands and Territories of Iouanalao aka Saint Lucia, Guyana, Surinjama aka Suriname, Cheleide/Aloubacra aka Trinidad & Tobago, Mapu/Pacha aka Argentina and Venezuela; and for 9 Indigenous Peoples’ Regional and International Affiliate Organizations.
The Treaty which is open for adoption and ratification by any and all qualifying Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations in Abya Yala aka the Americas, sets out to promote the full realization of the economic, social and cultural rights of the Indigenous Peoples with respect to control over developments affecting them and their lands and territories so as to enable them to maintain and strengthen their economic, social and cultural identity, customs, traditions and institutions, nationally and regionally.
The Indigenous Peoples and their Organizations reaffirm their intention to unify their economic, social and cultural activities and jointly promote the same in Abya Yala aka Americas and beyond, in order to improve the living conditions of the Indigenous Peoples concerned; being mindful of the need to expedite the integration of economic, social and cultural activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala aka Americas and to consolidate on the results achieved.
Considering the rights of Indigenous Peoples as adopted in the ILO 169 Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples; the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of and Benefit Arising from the Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity; the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions; the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage; the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and as well as all other relevant regional and international instruments; the Contracting Indigenous Peoples agreed to establish among themselves a Mechanism for Economic, Social and Cultural Integration.
Recalling the Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 November 2014, regarding the Outcome Document of the High Level Plenary Meeting known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the conclusions of the United Nations Development Summit of 25-27 September 2015 adopting the Post-2015 Development Agenda (SDGs) and Indigenous Peoples’ contributions to evolving Regional and International Instruments, such as, but not limited to the World Intellectual Property Organization International Instruments on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions and the CARICOM Regional Framework for the Protection of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions; the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala aka Americas are organizing in the exercise of their right to development in accordance with their own needs an interests.
The Treaty which is based on reciprocity of rights and obligations of the Contracting Indigenous Peoples, calls for the Contracting Indigenous Peoples to grant each other free-access treatment in respect of economic, social and cultural activities originating from and within their respective lands and territories; and that economic, social and cultural activities originating in the lands and territories of any of the Contracting Indigenous Peoples be accorded historical, and ancestral and free regional treatment.
A Permanent Secretariat has been established for the TREATY OF IOUANALAO for Economic, Social and Cultural Integration among the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala aka Americas, and shall also be the Organ responsible for facilitating implementation of the resolutions on economic, social and cultural integration adopted by the Indigenous Peoples Regional Competent Authority (IPRCA-Americas).
The Secretariat is located in Castries, the capital of Iouanalao aka Saint Lucia, and whose functions are being executed by THE ALDET CENTRE-SAINT LUCIA.
For further information, contact the Secretariat of the TREATY OF IOUANALAO
Box MA 020, Marchand P.O., Castries LC05 201, Saint Lucia.
Tel: 1 758 452 5374