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Side Event during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020
14 July 2020

Partnering with Indigenous Peoples: Leveraging their knowledge to achieve the SDGs by 2030 while addressing the COVID-19 outbreak

8.00 – 9.00 a.m. EDT

There are approximately 476 million indigenous peoples worldwide, in over 90 countries. Despite representing over six per cent of the global population, they account for about 15 per cent of the extreme poor. Indigenous peoples are custodians of an estimated 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity, yet as a result of their close interaction with and reliance upon natural systems, they are among the most severely affected by climate change.

This high-level side event during the 2020 HLPF will showcase how indigenous peoples’ knowledge, cultural values and sustainable management systems are essential to achieving the entire 2030 Agenda, reaffirm the importance of building mutually beneficial partnerships with their communities and organizations, and recognize the specific roles, rights, needs and priorities of indigenous peoples in addressing the global COVID-19 outbreak and contributing to the SDGs.


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