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Building back better: Indigenous Peoples’ Voices in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date:   13 October 2020

13th October, 2020; 09:00 New York Time
Register Here: https://bit.ly/33feUtX
Interpretation in English and Spanish will be available

The Indigenous Navigator is hosting a virtual side event during the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly to highlight the impacts of COVID-19 on indigenous communities, and the contribution of these communities to building an inclusive and sustainable response and future.

Since 2017, indigenous peoples in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Suriname, and the United Republic of Tanzania have used the Indigenous Navigator to monitor their rights and development. The resulting data reinforces their struggle for recognition and protection of their rights and supports their advocacy and engagement with policy makers.

The Indigenous Navigator data makes visible persisting exclusion and discrimination as experienced by indigenous communities across the world, and the risks and challenges they face when their rights are not respected. This situation underpins the particularly severe impact of COVID-19 on many indigenous communities.

Building COVID-19 responses in partnership with indigenous peoples: listening to indigenous voices

To be sustainable and transformative, the COVID-19 response and recovery must be respectful of indigenous peoples’ rights, respond to their realities and leverage indigenous peoples’ contributions to “building back better”. This requires indigenous peoples’ full and effective participation, support for their governance institutions and local economies, access to social protection, as well as the protection of their rights to land and natural resources which are crucial for food security, resilience and protecting the planet.

The virtual event offers a platform for local indigenous representatives to share the situation of their communities and perspectives on building an inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 response. It seeks to contribute to the identification of strategic action for advancing a recovery that contributes to realization of the SDGs and implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The event coincides with the launching of a set of global Indigenous Navigator reports presenting insights emerging from data collected since 2017, as well as the presentation of the first report of the new Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.

 The event will also launch two new reports on the Indigenous Navigator:

 

 

 

 

Supported by the European Union

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The Indigenous Navigator provides a set of tools for indigenous peoples to systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights.