Alianza Milpa at the 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, New York, USA.

16- 27 April, 2018

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The Forum was established in 2000 with the mandate to address indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. During the session of this year 2018, the central theme is on “Collective rights of indigenous peoples to lands, territories and resources.”

Alianza Milpa participates in the debates of the Forum and organizes a side event: “Maize: our food, our identity” where presents a current panorama of the intimate relationship between peoples of the Americas and maize.

The importance of traditional knowledge and governance systems in the maintenance of maize agrobiodiversity, and the connectivity between these traditional agricultural knowledge systems, defense of territory, the self determination and autonomyof Indigenous communities, and the conservation of traditional seeds.

The speakers are: Kaylena Bray of the Seneca Nation, USA, Berenice Sánchez of the Otomi Nation, Mexico; Blanca Chancosa of the Pueblo Kichwa of Otavalo, Ecuador; Alejandro Argumedo of the Pueblo Quechua of Peru; Meybol García of the Likan Antay Nation of Chile and Maria Romero of the Mapuche Nation of Chile, together with moderator Karen Swift of USA-Ecuador.