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Amazon Watch and Partners at 2019 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Events

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OVERVIEW: Between April 22nd and May 3rd, indigenous peoples from around the world will convene in New York City for the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the United Nations NYC Headquarters.

Amazon Watch will be accompanying Amazonian indigenous leaders from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in close coordination with several partner organizations, including Cultural Survival, the Shipibo-Conibo Center, The New School, the Interfaith Forest Initiative and Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), with support from Rainforest Action Network’s Protect An Acre Fund and Global Green Grants.

Amazon Watch recommends the following public and UN side events:

MONDAY, APRIL 22: EARTH DAY

Public Event: "Indigenous Resistance and the Crisis of Mother Earth: Paths to Climate Justice"

Presented by Amazon Watch, WECAN, the Shipibo Conibo Center and The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center

When: 6:15 – 8:15 pm
Where: The New School, 63 5th Ave., Room UL 104, New York City
Learn more and register here

Featured presenters include:
Sonia Guajajara, General Coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action
Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
Suzanne Benally (Dine'), Executive Director of Cultural Survival
Dali Ángel Pérez (Zapotec), Youth Coordinator of CIARENA, A.C. (Oaxaca, Mexico)

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

Official UNPFII Side Event: "Traditional Knowledge – Indigenous Territories and Food Sovereignty"

This event requires formal UN Accreditation

Co-hosted by: Cultural Survival, Maya Leaders Alliance, and Amazon Watch
When: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
Where: UNDP, 1 United Nations Plaza, FF Building, 9th Floor, Rio Room

Featured presenters include:
Pablo Mis, Maya Leaders Alliance, Belize
Bia'ni Madsá Juarez López, Cultural Survival
Ronald Suarez Maynas (Ronin Tsoma), Leader of the Consejo Shipibo Konibo Xetebo (COSHIKOX)

Event description:
Hear success stories and best practices from Indigenous communities who are utilizing traditional knowledge (TK) to protect their lands and territories and steward agricultural production and food sovereignty.

Learn about Mayan communities in Belize collectively administering their territories, how Amazonian Indigenous Peoples are implementing their "life plans" to safeguard the Sacred Headwaters region of the Amazon, and about communities in Southern Mexico using TK on their lands to maintain food sovereignty in the face of climate change.

* Public Action: "Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and the Amazon – Rally and Petition Delivery"

Co-Hosted by: Amazon Watch, WECAN, and Brazil Solidarity Network

When: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Where: Permanent Mission of Brazil, 747 3rd Ave, New York City
Learn more about the event here

Stand in solidarity with the resistance to the Brazilian government's attacks on indigenous rights and territories. Join Sonia Guajajara (General Coordinator of APIB), indigenous leaders from around the world and allies in delivering over 10,000 petition signatures.

Please sign and share COIAB and APIB's petition here

Public Event: "Indigenous Resistance and the Crisis of Mother Earth: Paths to Climate Justice"

Roundtable on indigenous knowledges and scholar-activist collaborations to address Mother Earth's crisis
Presented by Amazon Watch, WECAN, the Shipibo Conibo Center, and the New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center

When: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: The New School, Kellen Auditorium, N101
66 5th Ave, New York City

Featured presenters include:
Manari Ushigua Santi, Akameno (authority), traditional healer and leader of the Sapara Nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon
Eduardo Kohn, Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University, specializing in the indigenous knowledges of Quichua (Quechua) speaking Runa of Ecuador's Upper Amazon
Ronald Suárez Maynas, Leader of the Shipibo Conibo Xetebo Council of the Peruvian Amazon
Abou Farman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
Among many others...

Learn more and register here

Public Event: "Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions, 2019"

Hosted by Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and Climate Mama
When: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York City

Learn more and register here (registration requested but not required)

Featured presenters include:
Sônia Guajajara, General Coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB).
Catalina Chumpi (Shuar), Coordinator of the Organization of Indigenous Women of Pastaza Province (COMNAP) and member of "Amazonian Women Defenders Against Extraction", Ecuadorian Amazon.
With translation and comments by Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director of Amazon Watch.

Official UN Side Event: "Forest Defenders: New Threats and New Responses"

Hosted by Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm with reception to follow
Where: United Nations Secretariat, 405 E 42nd Street, Conference Room 4, New York City

Open to UN Grounds Passholders or via registration here

Featured presenters include:
Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Sonia Guajajara, General Coordinator of Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB)
Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa from Sarayaku, Ecuador
Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director, Amazon Watch
Alec Baldwin, Actor and Activist, and many more

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

Amazon Watch Reception and Panel: "Defending Indigenous Rights, the Amazon, and Climate"

Co-hosted by: Amazon Watch, Jumpscale, and ABC Carpet and Home
When: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Deepak Homebase, on the mezz of ABC Carpet and Home,
888 Broadway, New York City

Space is limited. Get your tickets here.

Amazon Watch invites you to a meet & greet reception and panel discussion with Amazonian indigenous leaders taking part in the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, moderated by our Executive Director Leila Salazar-López. Join us for an evening of voices of traditional song, resistance, solutions and opportunities to take action and make a lasting impact to protect the Amazon, indigenous rights and the climate.

Featuring:
"Women Defenders of the Amazon Against Extraction," Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa from Sarayaku) and Catalina Chumpi (Shuar), as well as Ronald Suarez, Leader of Coshikox, Council of Self-Governance of the Shipibo, Conibo, Xetebo People of Peru.

50% of the proceeds from every ticket purchased will be donated to Amazon Watch.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

Official UNPFII Side Event: "Indigenous Women Land Defenders of the Americas: Protecting Forests, Climate, and Communities"

This event requires formal UN Accreditation

Co-hosted by: WECAN and Amazon Watch
When: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
Where: United Nations, 304 E 45th St, FF-Building, 10th floor, New York City

Featured presenters include:
Catalina Chumpi (Shuar), Coordinator of the Organization of Indigenous Women of Pastaza Province (COMNAP) and member of "Amazonian Women Defenders Against Extraction", Ecuadorian Amazon.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation) Just Transition Director, Indigenous Climate Action, Canada.
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action
Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo) is the founder and co-director of the Divest Invest Protect campaign. She is an indigenous human rights lawyer and a commissioner on the Navajo Human Rights Commission, Turtle Island, USA.

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