At the same time, the organization also marks an important milestone reaching 700 indigenous products on the Ark of Taste’s catalog
This year, from April 24 to May 5, Slow Food participates at the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN Headquarters, New York.
Slow Food – in collaboration with the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus (GIYC), Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Land Coalition (ILC) – is organizing a side event during the Forum: “Achievements and Challenges for the Empowerment of Indigenous Youth – After Ten Years of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” (April 26, 13:15 – 14:30, UN Conference room 4).
Slow Food believes that it is senseless to defend biodiversity without also defending the cultural diversity of indigenous peoples: they possess unique cultures, languages, customs and indigenous people’s habitats represent the main agrobiodiversity hotspots across the world.
That’s why the Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s catalogue of the world’s food biodiversity, is enriched by many indigenous products preserved by the Indigenous Terra Madre network, which was born to bring indigenous peoples’ voices to the forefront of the debate on food and culture and to institutionalize indigenous peoples’ participation in Slow Food movement.
Today the Ark of Taste reaches 700 indigenous products, among the 4,300 already cataloged from across the world. The 700th indigenous passenger is the Bimbala, a traditional Indigenous Australian mollusk. Aboriginal people of the Budawang (South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia) used to put the bimbala shells on hot coals/ashes to cook: they steam open in their own juice, and get eaten out of the shell. There have been huge losses of bimbala due to overfishing, wave action from power boats, and coastal erosion caused by habitat destruction and human coastal activities. It is therefore essential to protect them and ensure controlled harvesting.
The side event at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) provides a space for dialogue on the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and traditional governance. Indigenous youth from different regions share their vision of the progress made after the adoption of the declaration and their recommendations and experiences aimed at ensuring the protection of their traditional food systems and their rights to land.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Myrna Cunningham, Vice President of the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, intervene in this dynamic debate. Speakers also include representatives of indigenous youth network from South America and the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Arctic.