Protecting Indigenous People: Recent Recommendations for UN Conference 2014

June 21, 2013


Greetings from Honduras.

The “Alta Outcome Document,” described in a VOA headline as “Indigenous Peoples Stand Up to Exploitation” and more circumspectly by The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) — an official advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) — as “a set of recommendations,” was signed in Alta, Norway on June 12, 2013 with the expectation that it will serve as the basis for the upcoming UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014.

Two of the main themes of the Alta Declaration are directly related to approaches strongly advocated in this Blog site: (1) participatory involvement of persons directly impacted by “development” interventions and (2) the need to understand, acknowledge, and respect non-formal parallel governance systems to achieve more effective, efficient and properly targeted assistance to poor people.

For further information on the UN-sponsored World Conference for Indigenous People, September 22-23, 2014 (New York, NY), see — a very good source of information about “indigenous people” worldwide and, in particular, .

For UNPFII’s description of the “Alta Outcome Document,” see .

For VOA’s background coverage of the meeting in Alta see .

Best, Jerry


Recommend — Rachel Maddow’s New Book “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power”

March 27, 2012

My review of Rachel Maddow’s first book “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power has just been published by the New York Journal of Books; just click on this link —

This is an interesting book that ought to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, I suspect some people will not read it just because of their attitude toward the author.

Highly Recommend – “War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences”

February 7, 2012

My review of “War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences” by Mary Dudziak has just been published by the New York Journal of Books. Finally, a book that I can highly recommend. Just click on .

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