The Indigenous Navigator at the UNPFII
In April of 2019, the Indigenous Navigator was presented during the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. The session was titled: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Development on the Ground: Emerging findings from the Indigenous Navigator initiative.
At the global level, the Indigenous Navigator continues to be represented in regional and international meetings and fora. In April of 2019, the Indigenous Navigator was presented during the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. The session was titled: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Development on the Ground: Emerging findings from the Indigenous Navigator initiative. It highlighted the experience of indigenous communities across our 11 countries, with poignant presentations by Indigenous leaders from Kenya, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Peru.
Over the past two years, indigenous communities across 11 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America have been trying to better understand their rights and assess how they experience these rights. They are doing so with the help of the Indigenous Navigator –an innovative community-based framework for monitoring indigenous peoples’ rights and development.
The Indigenous Navigator initiative brings the data revolution directly to indigenous communities. It empowers them to become data collectors about their own circumstances, to engage with development actors, from the local to global levels, and to claim their rights. Local indigenous leaders from Kenya, Bangladesh, Philippines and Peru shared first-hand experiences and findings emerging from the Indigenous Navigator initiative. The sharing helps make the invisible, visible – shedding light on the rights and development situation of indigenous peoples and on how they have been using the Indigenous Navigator as a transformative tool.
The Indigenous Navigator initiative is a partnership bringing together the European Union, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and TebtebbaFoundation, as a well as the International Labour Organization (ILO) with support from the European Union.
You can watch the session on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/jj_qb99Jdz0