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Indigenous peoples: Disaggregated data needed for monitoring SDGs

The need for monitoring based on disaggregated data is key for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda, says Indigenous Peoples' Major Group.

One of the main concerns of indigenous peoples with regards to implementation and monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been the lack of disaggregated data specifically addressing indigenous peoples. 

As a result, indigenous peoples are invisible and absent in national reports and data collections.

In September 2015, the UN adopted 17 new global goals - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

As not to repeat the mistakes of the MDGs, indigenous peoples make clear that it is of vital importance to:

  1. Disaggregate data for every SDG by including indigenous identifiers in national data censuses, household surveys and other data gathering efforts;
  2. Cross­reference WCIP commitments on data disaggregation with the SDGs document;
  3. Include existing indicators based on gender, age and ethnicity;
  4. Disaggregate with a focus on education, health, basic social services, agriculture and labor statistics, etc., including traditional occupations.

"Indigenous Peoples need to be full partners in follow ­up and review, as we offer our unique ways to collect data through Community Based Information and Monitoring systems  and contribute it to national reports. Our efforts should not only be incorporated in national reports, but also supported by local and national governments", says the Indigenous Peoples Major Group.  

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