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

October 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-4

The Indigenous Navigator partners are 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 & Paris Agreement.

Ms. Beate Andrees, Director, ILO New York
Kathrin Wessendorf, Executive Director, IWGIA

Opening remarks:
Ms. Manuela Tomei, Director, Conditions of Work and Equality Department, ILO

Key note speaker:
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Francisco Calí

Ms. Yun Mane, Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO), Cambodia
Mr. Kimaren Ole Riamit, Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), Kenya
Ms. Melania Canales, Organización Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas Andinas y Amazónicas del Perú (ONAMIAP), Peru
Mr. Durga Yamphur Rai, Lawyer’s Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP), Nepal

After presentation by the panellists the event will pivot to a reflection on opportunities for moving ahead and building back better.

Ms. Joan Carling, Co-Convenor, Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMGSD), shares her final remarks
Ms. Henriette Geiger<https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/geiger-henriette-bio_en_0.pdf> is the Director, of Directorate People and Peace in the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (DG DEVCO).
Ms. Nafissatou J. Diop, Ph.D, Chief, Gender and Human Rights Branch, Technical Division, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues (IASG)

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October 13, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-4


Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Forest Peoples Programme
The Danish Institute For Human Rights
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