UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Asia- Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2016 Bangkok, April 3-5, 2016
Indigenous Peoples’ Priorities in the implementation of 2030 Agenda in the Asia Region
Prepared by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
Overcoming persistent marginalization of indigenous peoples to realize “leaving no one behind” It is estimated by the United Nations that there are more than 370 million indigenous peoples globally. Around 2/3 of the total population of indigenous peoples are in Asia, making it the most culturally diverse region in the world. With rich traditional knowledge, heritage and through their sustainable natural resource management system, indigenous peoples can actively contribute to the sustainable development of their respective countries. However, indigenous peoples in Asia region are too often excluded from development efforts and their own concept of development is consistently undermined. Their lands, territories and resources were and are being expropriated for “national development” and for “conservation” without their consent. At the same time, basic social services such as education, health and livelihood support are not appropriately provided, compounding their further marginalization. While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had noble objectives, indigenous peoples were made invisible although they comprise 5% of the global population but 15% of the poorest.
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