Having been authorized and approved by the CNS Preparatory Body, the six CNS Specialized Commissions held their first mandate sessions. Each Commission carried out its mandate in its area of subject specialization as its members crafted resolutions, undertook studies, interviews, obtained testimonies and invited expert opinions and recommendations.
The newly established six Specialized Commissions are as follows:
The mission of the Political Commission originates in the fundamental principle that all peoples have a right to freely choose their social, economic, political, and cultural future without external interference.
Formalizing a process whereby the free exercise of self-governance (according to the principle of self-determination for all peoples) is to be rationalized and described by the Political Commission. States and nations have expressed commitment to finding a solution to this problem, however, no specific measures for implementing the principle have yet been tabled in domestic, or international settings.
The subject matter of the Security Commission encompasses the safety and peaceful political and territorial space of nations and states, with particular consideration of threats to self-government and autonomy, natural disasters, environmental degradation, changing climate, pandemics, all forms of violence, food security, energy security, security from nuclear weapons and nuclear waste, and digital and intellectual property security.
Both nations and states express security concerns, though states more frequently associate security with statists aspirations and military strength. Nations, on the other hand typically express security in territorial, community and cultural terms.
In reality, the states’ and the nations’ perspectives on the matter of security converge when considering changing climate, environmental pollution, territorial infringement, and social inclusion and exclusion within institutions.
The primary role of the Environmental Commission is to establish mutually agreeable protocols through which nations and states can reach comity on the wide range of environmental concerns taking note of existing domestic and international instruments.
There is an urgent need for dialogue between states and nations to reach binding agreements on the basis of already existing shared commitments that will acknowledge the legitimate interests of environmental, conservation and guarantee communities’ rights for nations and states in the face of climate changes, biodiversity collapse, hazardous and nuclear waste disposals and detonations, unrestrained development and exploitation of lands, flora and fauna and raw materials prospectively altering the environment to the risk to continuity of nations and states.
Considering Indigenous nations inherently possess the right to self-determination to not only protect their peoples from abhorrent actions and crimes, but to also prevent and hold accountable those who commit criminal acts against us, the Justice Commission has the mission of drafting a treaty that garners the greatest acceptance among indigenous nations and states.
The Economic Commission is responsible for recommending intergovernmental protocols for the conduct of economic relations between Indigenous nations and UN Member States participating in the Congress of Nations and States, as well as all entities operating within or through the territories of participants.
The EC’s areas of expertise include: agriculture and land use, permaculture and natural ecosystem economic use; illegal and forbidden practices (e.g. poaching, endangered species trade, destruction of culturally valuable lands); finance and banking; trade and commerce; command economies and mixed economies.
Culture and Society Commission
The Cultural and Social Commission is mandated to formalize protocols based on “free, prior and informed consent” to ensure the actual implementation of the agreed to policies and principles, but also to develop new procedures or protocols that are consistent with the changes in the inherent rights and self-determination of nations.
Commission subject areas are included but not limited to: education; health, food and nutrition security; traditional medicines; culture; respect for diverse knowledge systems and sciences; gender equality, recognition and safety; rites and practices of life and death.
Equity has been the guiding principle in designing these commissions. It is hoped that through such bodies new international relations can emerge: relations in which Indigenous nations and states’ governments can work equally and democratically to solve shared issues.