Environmental crises and devastating climate change are urgent, pervasive, and fundamental issues with long-term and sometimes even irreversible consequences. Dealing with a crisis with these characteristics requires the cooperative and honest efforts of governments, legislators, courts, civil society, media, producers, religious leaders, families, and each of us.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the August 20, 2021 press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Indigenous people account for 6.2 percent of the global population, and these people hold a very vast diversity of different cultures, traditions, and knowledge systems. These people have sought recognition of their identities, but most of the nations have failed to protect the rights of the indigenous people, and their rights have been violated from time to time.