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Leaving a legacy

A general legacy document and an inaugural indigenous legacy document are being drafted for the conference.
The general statement will capture the essence of the conference and represent the voice of researchers, practitioners, social movement members and policymakers who participated in the conference.

HPF’s Dr Viliami Puloka who is coordinating the drafting the general statement says It will call on the global community to: Ensure health equity throughout the life course; make all urban and other habitat inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; Design and implement effective and fair climate change adaptation strategies and build effective accountable governance that promotes peace, justice and respect for all creation promoting planetary health.

HPF’s Executive Director Trevor Simpson who is part of the team drafting the indigenous statement says the contributors to this work are looking to draft the document from a specific position of indigenous thought and worldviews.

“Although complementary to the general statement there is an excitement that the Indigenous Statement will, for the first time provide a unique perspective that is neither western nor eastern but rather representative of the way Indigenous people feel about the planet and its co-relationship to health and wellbeing.”

Although confident that the statement will be adopted by the global health promotion community Mr Simpson acknowledges that there is recognition of the challenges faced, particularly given the diversity of indigenous people and their lived experience.

“It will be a very useful starting point, I think. We are trying to articulate indigenous views in an increasingly difficult political situation for many groups. When we consider the plight of the direct impact of climate degradation on indigenous communities, clearly it is incumbent on all of us to bring these things to the fore,” he adds.