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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Indigenous peoples play a unique and important role in ensuring the sustainable management of a significant share of the world’s lands, ecosystems and biodiversity. Their food systems are anchored in sustainable livelihoods and the principle of ensuring the food sovereignty and collective well-being of communities. The nutritional value and diversity of indigenous food varieties, the practices that contribute to resilience in the face of climate change, and more broadly, the way that these communities have for centuries ensured harmony between social, environmental and natural resources, should be of particular interest to the world in the context of the double challenge of achieving zero hunger and addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Supporting the role of indigenous peoples in achieving the SDGs requires building mutually beneficial partnerships with their communities and organizations, even in the most remote rural areas, underpinned by respect and recognition for their rights and livelihoods. Realizing this potential depends on how and to what extent governments and other private and public stakeholders collaborate with indigenous peoples, in full respect of their rights and with recognition of the value of such partnerships in building the future we are all working towards.
The event is convened by IFAD and co-convened with Member States and the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development, in partnership with FAO and other civil society organizations and partners committed to supporting indigenous peoples.