Chief Wilton Littlechild, Advisor to the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), addresses a press conference on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014. Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Chief Wilton Littlechild, Advisor to the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), addresses a press conference on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014. Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 6 2015 (IPS) – As the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples approaches on Sunday, Aug. 9, concerns are growing that they will not fully benefit from the newly drafted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a policy brief on the SDGs and the Post-2015 Agenda, the Indigenous Peoples Major Group said that there was a failure to recognise indigenous peoples as distinct groups under the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which resulted in the absence of targeted measures to address their specific situations related to poverty and severely limited favorable outcomes.

They added that there was also culturally-blind implementation of the MDGs resulting in “inappropriate development programmes for indigenous peoples including discriminatory actions related to education, health and basic services.”

Any project not including the participation of Indigenous Peoples is making their needs invisible. The lack of dialogue with Indigenous Peoples and their participation in any process constitutes the main barrier,” Sandra del Pino, Regional Advisor on Cultural Diversity at the World Health Organization (WHO) for The Americas, told IPS.

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples living in more than 70 countries. They continue to be among the world’s most marginalised population groups, according to the WHO. The need for more participation and inclusion of Indigenous communities and their perspectives is one of the main purposes of the international day.

The health status of indigenous communities varies significantly from that of non-indigenous population groups in countries all over the world, which is one reason why health is the main theme of this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

“The focus of this international day is to analyse how indigenous people have access to health services, what are the causes of exclusion, and how we can contribute to reduce those gaps existing in child and maternal health, nutrition, communicable diseases, etc.,” says del Pino.

“Children born into indigenous families often live in remote areas where governments do not invest in basic social services such as health care, quality education, justice and participation, and indigenous peoples are at particular risk of not being registered at birth and of being denied identity documents.”

Health is defined in WHO’s Constitution as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, which is similar to the values behind traditional healing systems in Indigenous communities. According to WHO estimates, at least 80 percent of the population in developing countries relies on these traditional healing systems as their primary source of care.

“Many factors have an impact on indigenous populations’ health, including geographic barriers, language, and lack of education,” Del Pino told IPS.

“However, of all the barriers faced by indigenous peoples, it is perhaps the cultural barriers that present the most complicated challenge. This is because there is little understanding of the social and cultural factors deriving from the knowledge, attitudes, and practices in health of the indigenous peoples.”

Roberto Mukaro Borrero, an indigenous Taino leader and representative of the International Indian Treaty Council and the United Confederation of Taino People, told IPS that in order  to create more understanding, there needs to be an increased focus on cooperative and informed partnership building among traditional healers, non-traditional health professionals, health service agencies, organisations, and communities.

“These partnerships should recognise the clear relationship between the social disadvantages experienced by Indigenous Peoples and their current status of health,” Borrero said. “Disadvantages faced by indigenous peoples are related to dispossession and exacerbated by powerlessness and poverty.”

“Governments must implement the commitments made to indigenous peoples within international agreements such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, among others,” said Borrero.

“These agreements were developed to improve the well-being of indigenous peoples around the world; however, political will including adequate resource allocation is a pre-requisite to success.”

Climate change and environmental hazards also have a disproportionate impact on the health of indigenous peoples.

“In many cases indigenous communities are more exposed to these disasters because they live in most vulnerable and isolated areas,” Del Pino said.

“Another cause of Indigenous peoples being among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change is their dependence upon and close relationship with the environment and its resources. For example, in the Amazon, the effects of climate change include deforestation and forest fragmentation, and consequently, more carbon released into the atmosphere, exacerbating and creating further changes.”

She added, “Droughts in 2005 resulted in fires in the western Amazon region. This is likely to occur again as rainforest is replaced by savannas, thus having a huge effect on the livelihoods of the Indigenous peoples in the region. Climate change exacerbates the difficulties already faced by vulnerable indigenous communities.”

“The inclusion of target 17.18 of the SDGs –  to improve the quality, coverage and availability of disaggregated data –  is in response to one of the lessons commonly drawn from the MDGs: the need for the SDGs to make visible the most vulnerable populations,” Del Pino said.

It is an essential component to meet the objective of “no one should be left behind” and “no target should be met, unless met for all groups” in the new post-2015 agenda, she said.

Edited by Kitty Stapp

Source: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/08/making-the-worlds-indigenous-visible-in-the-sdgs/

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Friends of Brook Park presents

2nd Annual Brook Park Indigenous Peoples Festival

Sunday, August 9th, 2015, 12noon – 6pm

Location: Brook Park (141 St. & Brook Ave), Bronx, NY

Program

12noon: Opening welcome Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough Lenape Nation and Chief Robert Hawk Storm Birch of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe/Schaghticoke First Nations, and introductions of honored guests     

12:30 Honoring song; Inter-Tribal song by George Stonefish (Delaware) 

1pm: Danza Mexica / Aztec Dancers: Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli 

2pm: Australian Aboriginal Cultural presentation by Cameron McCarthy – Yalanji Man

2:30: North American Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Songs – George Stonefish

3pm: Intikana (Native Hip Hop) and guests spoken word presentations

3:30: Andean Music by Geo Suquillo (Quechua)  

4pm: Kasibahagua Taino Cultural Society 

5pm: North American Inter-TribaL Pow Wow Songs – George Stonefish

6pm: Closing Circle led by members of the Bohio Atabey Caribbean Indigenous Women’s Circle

Event Co-Sponsors: 

United Confederation of Taino People;

Kalpulli Huehuethaltolli;

Tribal Link Foundation;

NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Directions to Festival:

Brook Park is located between 140th and 141st Streets at the corner of Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South, South Bronx.

Brook Park is three blocks from the Brook Avenue local stop on the #6 subway.
Brook Park is nine blocks from the 149th Street stop on the #2 or #5 subways.
Brook Park is easily accessible by bike, car or bus.

Log-into Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1654901404728107/

 

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Consultations with indigenous peoples and Member States on the development of a system-wide action plan

At the 8th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
24 July from 11am to 1pm in Geneva.

The United Nations is developing a system wide action plan to ensure a coherent approach to achieving the ends of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As a part of this work, the UN has prepared a number of Background Notes that inform the process and highlight some of the challenges to the implementation of the Declaration as well as possible areas of action for the United Nations.

These documents are all available here: http://bit.ly/1Mdv356

On July 24th at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN will organize an interactive consultation, seeking the inputs of Member States and indigenous peoples on how to develop such an action plan. Those who wish to provide their inputs, but are unable to attend the Expert Mechanism may do so via:
e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org

Twitter: tweet ideas to @UN4Indigenous ‪#‎UN4Indigenous‬

 

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Monday 10 August 3:00-6:00PM
ECOSOC Chamber , UNHQ, New York

“Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples health and well-being”

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will take place on Monday 10 August 2015 in ECOSOC Chamber, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

As part of the commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Department of Public Information and the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are organizing an event that will bring together indigenous peoples organizations, UN agencies, Member States and the general public. This year the theme will be on “Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples health and well-being”.

To register for this event please send an email to Mr. Nicolas Magnien at magnien@un.org and Mr. Arturo Requesens at requesens@un.org indicating full name and organization affiliation. You will receive an email confirming your registration.

The deadline to register to attend the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is Tuesday 4 August 2015.

Holders of valid UNHQ grounds passes do not need to register.

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The report on the Fourteenth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is out. The report contains conclusions and recommendations made by the Permanent Forum at its most recent session on 20 April – 1 May 2015.

The report is available in all six official UN languages.

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Winners website

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December 2015.

Below is important information on the Equator Prize 2015eligibility requirementsselection criteria and access to nomination material. There is a committed team at the Equator Initiative ready to answer your questions and help guide you through the nomination process. Nominations are available in 15 languages and must be submitted by 27 May 2015.

Selection criteria, relevant information, and outreach materials are available in 15 different languages here.

Please note that the nomination deadline is 27 May 2015.

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UNPFII 10th Session

Fourteenth Session of the Permanent Forum

Statements from the session can be found on the UN Papersmart page>>>

Draft report

As the final report on the 14th session is being prepared, different elements of the report become available as draft recommendations based on the expert members discussions.

Please note that these draft “L” documents  were orally revised during the closing session. The changes announced by the rapporteur are reflected in the documents below.  These are unedited draft versions of the report. Once the final report is ready, it will have the symbol number E/2015/43

E/C.19/2015/L.2 Outcome of the high-level plenary meeting also known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

E/C.19/2015/L.3 Indigenous peoples and the post 2015 development agenda

E/C.19/2015/L.4 Youth self-harm and suicide

E/C.19/2015/L.5 Half day discussion on the Pacific region

E/C.19/2015/L.6 Draft procedural report

E/C.19/2015/L.7 Comprehensive dialogue with United Nations agencies

E/C.19/2015/L.8 Human rights

E/C.19/2015/L.9 Future Work

E/C.19/2015/L.10 Draft decisions recommended by the Permanent Forum for ECOSOC

 

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