Fostering change through data for indigenous peoples
Before the year slips away, we want to share a snapshot of The Indigenous Navigator from 2018.
This year saw a growing interest in the Navigator’s framework to support self-determined sustainable human development from within indigenous communities. Just to name a few of the milestones achieved: indigenous peoples continued to engage strongly in collecting their own data, many communities learned about their rights as a result, often for the first time by implementing our tools and communities documented and prioritised their development needs to claim their rights.
During the summer, the Indigenous Navigator had a strong presence during the High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York. There, the Indigenous Voices Media Zone gathered more than 30 indigenous representatives, who took part in 25 media sessions reflecting on different issues related to sustainable development from their perspectives. All sessions were live streamed to echo the debates at #HLPF2018. This space was a great hub for networking and for indigenous representatives to share advocacy efforts towards achieving the SDGs and entering in constructive dialogue with national governments and other UN agencies and institutions.
Also, at a global level, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) trained 27 out of the 100 existing National Human Rights Institutions around the world. This successful engagement included regional technical workshops and a global seminar in Geneva.
Data is finally starting to take shape in pilot projects! Based on more than 80 participatory workshops and discussions at the community level, our 20 partners in the Indigenous Navigator Initiative have started to develop project proposals for pilot projects based on the data they themselves have collected. This will be the last step of the project, which will see activities and solutions will be drawn on the analysis of community-generated data.