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Indigenous peoples cannot be ‘deleted’ from the new global development goals, UN experts state Print

acnudhGENEVA / NEW YORK (18 July 2014) – The new United Nations sustainable development goals must not be a step backwards for indigenous peoples, a group of UN experts on indigenous peoples has warned. Their call comes as the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals meets in New York to draft a set of goals which will be presented to the UN General Assembly in September.

"Indigenous peoples face distinct development challenges, and fare worse in terms of social and economic development than non-indigenous sectors of the population in nearly all of the countries they live," they said. "However," the experts stressed, "they also can contribute significantly to achieving the objectives of sustainable development because of their traditional knowledge systems on natural resource management which have sustained some of the world's more intact ecosystems up to the present."

The group of experts noted with concern that all references to 'indigenous peoples' have been deleted in the latest draft of the zero document on the sustainable development goals, which is currently being discussed by the open-ended working group, even though the term had been included in earlier drafts. The experts urged UN Member States in the open-ended working group to listen to the proposals made by indigenous representatives in this process and to ensure that 'indigenous peoples' will be used consistently in the outcome document.

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Special Rapporteur participates in the annual session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

hrcgenevaFrom 7 to 11 July 2014, the Special Rapporteur participated in the seventh session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session, she provided statements on panels related to the post-2015 development agenda, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Special Rapporteur also held numerous meetings with indigenous representatives and gathered information on the situation of cases of alleged violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples within their countries.


Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples during the Seventh session of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

geneva-hrcDuring the week of 7 - 11 July 2014, Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the Seventh  session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with him concerning matters falling within his mandate, including allegations of human rights violations.

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Special Rapporteur congratulates El Salvador on reforms to Constitution recognizing indigenous peoples Print

mapa-el-salvadorGENEVA (17 June 2014) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, welcomed El Salvador's move to recognize indigenous peoples and commit to adopt policies to safeguard their ethnic and cultural identities, after ratifying amendments to Article 63 of the Constitution of the Republic.

"This ratification marks a crucial step in recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples in El Salvador and in reversing the historical suppression of indigenous identities and cultures," Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said.

In particular, the Special Rapporteur noted that "the recent Constitutional amendments could be further buttressed by the ratification of International Labour Organisation Convention No. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, which remains outstanding in El Salvador."

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