Indigenous Rights in the Amazon: Fostering a conversation with the Amazon to the United Nations

Date: 4/21/2010
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: The Puck Building, Rice Conference Room / Newman Reception Area
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Office of International Programs (OIP) for an informal dialogue among Amazonian indigenous leaders to discuss current issues pertaining to their local communities and how they are representing their respective populations at the ninth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) taking place April 19-30.


Moi Enomenga was born just before his family and his Huaorani tribe were contacted by missionaries. Moi quickly became a strong voice for his people and was the first to create an organized federation. Through advocacy within Ecuador and abroad, Moi was able to secure legal rights to the largest indigenous territory in Ecuador. Today he faces issues of protecting non-contacted families in his territory, illegal logging, and environmental concerns related to oil cultivation.

Gloria Ushigua is the last Shaman of the smallest indigenous group in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Zapara. Today she struggles to not only preserve the medicinal and spiritual knowledge and culture of her people but fights to guarantee the existence of her people.

Additional panelists to be announced.


Salo Coslovsky joined NYU Wagner in September 2009 as an Assistant Professor of International Development. His research bridges international development, legal sociology, and organizational behavior, and asks how developing countries can promote sustainable and equitable growth even when subjected to intense global competition. His dissertation examined how Brazilian prosecutors enforce labor and environmental laws so as to enhance business competitiveness. Salo is additionally interested in forest-based industries in the Amazon.