The Indigenous Navigator at the UNPFII

Jacob Balzani Lööv

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.

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Suriname: The Indigenous Navigator, "It really works!"

Crossing the Nickerie River. Post Utrecht is just across Wageningen, a town in the west of Suriname. The villages Post Utrecht, Cupido and Tapoeripa can only be reached by boat.

Suriname Testimonials on the use of the IN surveys in Suriname: “It really works!”

In recent weeks (May-June 2019), the research team was working in villages along the Nickerie River, in the forested interior of Suriname. Tapoeripa, Post Utrecht and Cupido are small villages inhabited mostly by Arawak (Lokono) people, who traditionally make their living from fishing, hunting, gathering and planting. The survey process here in West Suriname identified some cross-cutting issues which had also been identified by local communities in other regions. 

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Philippines: Voluntary National Review Writeshop

The Indigenous Navigator Initiative in the Philippines conducted a writeshop on the Indigenous Peoples report to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the Voluntary National Review of the Philippine government.

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Philippines Fact Sheet on Indigenous Peoples


The Indigenous Navigator project is coordinated in the Philippines by Tebtebba. It monitors the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the results of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the essential aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Indigenous Navigator generates data and documentation related to indigenous peoples to demand the respect and implementation of their rights, which are published on a virtual platform of public access. The Indigenous Navigator is a collaborative initiative developed and managed by a global consortium including the ILO, IWGIA, Tebtebba, AIPP, Forest Peoples Program and the Danish Institute for Human Rights, with the support of the European Union (EU). The Indigenous Navigator project seeks to be interactive in its work and to collect the voices of the communities in each visit.

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